Player News - Astros

Date: Team: Pos:

Brad Peacock will start Monday against the Twins.

For now it appears Peacock has supplanted Mike Fiers in the starting rotation. Peacock impressed in a spot start last week, holding the Orioles to one hit over 4 1/3 shutout innings. The right-hander carries a 4.31 ERA over 47 big league starts.
May 27 - 7:58 PM

Mike Fiers has been moved to the bullpen.

This comes after Fiers was knocked around for 10 hits and four runs (three earned) Thursday against Detroit. His rotation spot will be absorbed by Brad Peacock. Fiers will operate in a long relief role until a spot opens up for him in the starting rotation.
May 27 - 4:43 PM

Carlos Beltran is not in the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Orioles.

The veteran has homered in two of his last five outings but will get a maintenance day on Saturday. Evan Gattis will DH and hit cleanup against O's hurler Wade Miley.
May 27 - 4:07 PM

Josh Reddick is absent from the Astros' starting lineup on Saturday.

It looks to be just a routine day of rest for the veteran outfielder. Jake Marisnick is drawing another start in center field with George Springer sliding over to play right.
May 27 - 3:15 PM

Astros activated C Brian McCann from the 7-day disabled list.

McCann passed his concussion test earlier this week and claimed that he didn't need a minor league rehab assignment. He's expected to be in the starting lineup on Saturday.
May 27 - 2:57 PM

Astros activated LHP Dallas Keuchel from the 10-day disabled list.

He'll jump right back into the rotation on Saturday against the Orioles. The left-hander has been outstanding this season, posting a 7-0 record, 1.84 ERA, 0.86 WHIP with a 54/14 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings.
May 27 - 2:56 PM

Joe Musgrove fired seven scoreless frames in a 2-0 victory over the Orioles on Friday.

It was easily his best start of the season. Musgrove held the Orioles to just four hits while walking none and striking out six. He gave up seven runs in his last start and issued three walks in three out of his last four starts, making his rotation spot vulnerable, but this outing likely buys him some more time.
May 26 - 11:39 PM

Ken Giles tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Orioles on Friday for his 14th save of the season.

Giles needed just nine pitches to complete the frame and notched one strikeout along the way. The hard-throwing right-hander has converted each of his last seven save chances and hasn’t allowed a run in his last six appearances.
May 26 - 11:38 PM

Jake Marisnick slugged a solo home run Friday against the Orioles.

Marisnick went deep in the third inning before Carlos Beltran added some insurance with a solo blast of his own in the sixth. The 26-year-old has been very productive in a small sample this season, batting .290/.362/.597 with six home runs and four steals through 35 games. He’s a useful player to have around, but it’s worth noting that he has struck out 26 times in 69 plate appearances. We don’t expect this sort of production to last.
May 26 - 11:38 PM

Carlos Beltran launched a solo homer against the Orioles on Friday.

Jake Marisnick got the Astros on the board in the third inning with a solo shot before Beltran went deep in the sixth. With Joe Musgrove rolling, it was more than enough support for the Astros to walk away with the victory. The 40-year-old Beltran has been very quiet so far this season, batting just .235 with five home runs and a .666 OPS through 43 games. He’s now sitting on 426 home runs for his career, which ties him with Billy Williams for 50th on the all-time list.
May 26 - 11:37 PM

Astros optioned RHP Jordan Jankowski to Triple-A Fresno.

The 28-year-old hurler appeared in just one game in his limited time with the big league club, allowing two runs and striking out three in an inning of work. He should get another opportunity with the Astros later in the season.
May 26 - 11:25 PM

Astros optioned C Juan Centeno to Triple-A Fresno.

All the 27-year-old did was homer in each of his first two starts for the Astros, but with Brian McCann set to return from the disabled list there was no need to carry a third catcher. He'll continue to provide depth at Triple-A.
May 26 - 11:23 PM

Carlos Correa went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 7-6 win over the Tigers.

Correa got the mini comeback started when he took Tigers starter Justin Verlander deep for a two-run bomb in the fourth inning. The homer was his seventh in 42 games this year. The 22-year-old isn't running, having yet to steal a base this year, but he's hitting .288/.370/.481 with 26 RBI and 29 runs scored in the middle of a good Astros lineup. Even if the steals don't come, Correa is on his way to another fine season at the dish.
May 26 - 12:58 AM

Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run home run, his 11th of the season, in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

We keep waiting for Gonzalez to fall off, and he keeps defying everyone. On Thursday, he teed off against Tigers ace Justin Verlander, lifting a two-run shot over the right field wall for his only hit in three at-bats. To illustrate how out-of-character this is, Gonzalez's career high for homers is 13, set in 141 games last year. He's now at 11 dingers through 40 games this season. His durability will keep him on the field most days, and if he keeps hitting .282/.380/.627 he'll be in the lineup for a long, long time. Until he stops hitting, he's a fantasy asset for his position eligibility as much as his bat.
May 26 - 12:49 AM

Mike Fiers allowed four runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings Thursday against the Tigers.

Fiers' ineffectiveness was shaping up to be the story of the game before Justin Verlander imploded, letting Fiers off the hook both anecdotally and on the scorecard. Even so, it was another disappointing turn in a season full of mostly disappointing turns for the 31-year-old, who now owns a 5.40 ERA and 1.52 WHIP through nine starts. It's hard to imagine the Astros can't do better. Until they decide to, though, Fiers will presumably stay in the rotation, with a favorable matchup against the Twins on deck for Tuesday.
May 26 - 12:39 AM


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