Player News - Astros

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Charlie Morton let in just one run in seven innings to earn a 6-2 win over the Angels on Saturday.

He didn't have much trouble handling the Angels' lineup today despite not racking up strikeouts in bunches like he usually does. The only run he allowed came on a Justin Upton solo home run in his final inning of work. He took a one-hitter into the sixth inning and finished his stint having allowed just four hits on the day. He struck out five and walked one in the gem outing. He improves to 13-7 with a 3.63 ERA and 1.21 WHIP through 24 starts. He has amassed 159 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings.
Sep 23 - 4:47 PM

Carlos Correa went 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored in Saturday's defeat of the Angels.

He singled home Alex Bregman in the first inning, doubled home Bregman in the fifth and plated Marwin Gonzalez with a single in the seventh. The young shortstop also worked a walk in the ballgame. Correa, who just turned 23 yesterday, spent seven weeks on the disabled list with a torn thumb ligament over the summer but has been a menace at the plate when healthy. He has a .302 batting average with 21 homers, 74 RBI and 73 runs scored in just 102 games.
Sep 23 - 4:40 PM

Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-4 and scored two runs in a win over the Angels on Saturday.

He singled and rode home on an Evan Gattis three-run homer in the fifth inning, then doubled and scored on a Carlos Correa single in the seventh. Gonzalez is blowing away his previous career highs in just about every category with a breakout campaign at the age of 28. He has a .296 batting average with 22 homers, 82 RBI and 61 runs -- all career bests. He's chipped in eight stolen bases. His multi-position versatility will enable him to qualify at every fantasy position except catcher next year in most formats.
Sep 23 - 4:35 PM

Jose Altuve in not in the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

Manager A.J. Hinch wants to get all of his regulars a few days off over the final week-plus of the regular season, so a few are sitting Saturday. Marwin Gonzalez is starting in his place at second base.
Sep 23 - 10:56 AM

Josh Reddick (back) was held out of the Astros lineup on Saturday.

Reddick left Friday's game with back soreness, so he'll get an extra day to rest as a precautionary measure. Derek Fisher is starting in his place in right field and batting seventh.
Sep 23 - 10:43 AM

George Springer is not in the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

It's just a regular day of rest for the All-Star outfielder. Cameron Maybin is starting in center field and batting eighth on Saturday.
Sep 23 - 10:40 AM

Justin Verlander gave up just one hit over seven scoreless frames in Friday’s 3-0 victory over the Angels.

Verlander and Garrett Richards matched each other through six innings, but the Astros pulled away in the seventh when Yuli Gurriel took Yusmeiro Petit deep. Verlander struck out six and walked a pair in the victory. He's now 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 32/5 K/BB ratio in 28 innings through four starts with his new team.
Sep 23 - 2:12 AM

Ken Giles worked out of a jam for his 33rd save of the season Friday versus the Angels.

It wasn’t easy, as Giles gave up leadoff single to Ben Revere before walking Kole Calhoun. That brought Mike Trout to the plate as the tying run, but Giles got him to ground into a double play. Justin Upton then fouled out to first base to end the game. Giles has a ridiculous 1.27 ERA in 27 appearances during the second half.
Sep 23 - 2:10 AM

Yuli Gurriel carried the load for the Astros’ offense by slugging a three-run homer in Friday’s win over the Angels.

His seventh-inning blast against Yusmeiro Petit was the only offense of the night for either team. He’s now up to 18 homers and 72 RBI to go along with a .299/.330/.488 batting line. He’s hitting .354 (17-for-48) this month.
Sep 23 - 2:09 AM

Jose Altuve went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Friday’s win over the Angels.

Altuve singled to begin the bottom of the seventh inning and proceeded to steal second base before Yulieski Gurriel followed with a three-run homer. The stolen base was his 32nd of the season, though it was just his first since September 3. He’s one behind Whit Merrifield for the American League lead. The 27-year-old is batting .346/.409/.555 with 24 homers, 80 RBI, and 105 runs scored through 146 games this season. He’s looking like the odds-on favorite for AL MVP honors.
Sep 23 - 2:09 AM

Josh Reddick was lifted from Friday's game against the Angels with back soreness.

Manager A.J. Hinch said afterwards that he didn't think the injury was anything to be concerned about. The Astros are likely to play it safe and give him a day to rest on Saturday, but don't expect him to miss significant time here.
Sep 23 - 12:39 AM

Marwin Gonzalez was ejected from Friday's game against the Angels for arguing balls and strikes.

Astros' manager A.J. Hinch came out to defend his player and was also given the gate. Prior to departing, Gonzalez was 0-for-2 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts.
Sep 22 - 10:32 PM

Lance McCullers has officially been cleared to start Sunday against the White Sox.

McCullers hasn't started since September 6 due to arm fatigue, but he got through a bullpen session Wednesday with no issues. The righty has dealt with injuries and ineffectiveness in the second half, so he really needs to put up a couple nice outings here down the stretch for the Astros to feel good about giving him a start in the ALDS. Collin McHugh will be pushed back to Monday.
Sep 22 - 5:10 PM

Carlos Correa is not in the Astros' lineup Friday.

He's just getting a breather. Marwin Gonzalez will cover shortstop.
Sep 22 - 4:17 PM

Brian McCann clubbed his 15th home run of the season as the Astros fell to the White Sox on Thursday night in Houston.

His solo shot off of Chris Volstad pulled the Astros to within a run at 2-1 in the third inning. That would wind up being the extent of their offense in the ballgame however. McCann also drew a walk in the ballgame, finishing the night 1-for-1 officially. On the season, the veteran backstop is slashing .244/.327/.424 with 15 homers and 57 RBI.
Sep 21 - 11:31 PM


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