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Carlos Correa reached base twice Wednesday in the Astros’ win over the Angels.

Correa walked in the fourth inning and later scored on a bases-clearing double by Alex Bregman. He followed that up in the sixth by ripping a double to right field off Halos right-hander Nick Tropeano. In doing so, he extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Correa’s .341 average through 88 at-bats ranks seventh in the American League.
Apr 25 - 6:06 PM

Jose Altuve slugged his first home run of the year Wednesday in the Astros’ win over the Angels.

Altuve went hitless with a walk in his other three plate appearances. The reigning AL MVP teed off on Nick Tropeano in the sixth inning, extending Houston’s lead to 4-0 by belting a solo shot to left field. Altuve hasn’t shown much power in the early going—Wednesday’s home run was only his fifth extra-base hit of the year—though he’s still hitting for average with a .333 mark through 102 at-bats.
Apr 25 - 6:05 PM

Alex Bregman drove in three of the Astros’ five runs Wednesday in a win over the Angels.

Bregman only contributed one hit in the win, but he made it count. With two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Bregman broke open a scoreless game by smashing a three-run double to left field off Angels right-hander Nick Tropeano. That gave the former second-overall pick his sixth double of the year. Bregman is only hitting .253 in the early going but fantasy owners know better times are ahead after seeing the 24-year-old break out for 19 homers, 71 RBI and 17 steals last season.
Apr 25 - 6:03 PM

Justin Verlander gave up four hits and two runs over seven stellar innings Wednesday in the Astros’ win over the Angels.

He notched nine strikeouts over his 97 pitches. Verlander had a perfect game going until Zack Cozart broke it up with a two-out single in the fifth inning. He cruised through his first six innings but seemed to run out of gas in the seventh, allowing a solo home run to Albert Pujols and an RBI double to Cozart later in the frame. Including the postseason, Verlander is now 13-1 with a 1.55 ERA in 17 appearances (16 starts) since joining Houston late last season. Wednesday was the first time the right-hander threw to a catcher other than Brian McCann, who caught all of Verlander’s previous starts with Houston.
Apr 25 - 6:02 PM

Charlie Morton had his first rough day at the office this year Tuesday, surrendering four runs in four innings against the Angels.

Morton had allowed just three runs -- two earned -- in four starts this season coming into this one. He gave up solo homers in the first and second tonight, but the real mess came in the third, when he walked the first three batters he faced. He was fortunate to allow just two runs in that frame.
Apr 25 - 12:19 AM

Derek Fisher went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk Tuesday against the Angels.

The homer, his first in 43 at-bats this season, came off Shohei Ohtani. Fisher needed to show something in short order to avoid a sting in the minors. Tonight should have helped a bunch, but his spot remains tenuous.
Apr 25 - 12:13 AM

Gerrit Cole took his first loss after giving up two runs over seven innings Monday against the Angels.

Cole retired the first 13 batters he faced before the Angels pushed across single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Unfortunately, there was no run support for him in this one. Even though he's gone seven innings in all five of his starts and never allowed more than two runs, he has just two wins.
Apr 23 - 11:21 PM

Evan Gattis hit his first homer of the season on Sunday in a victory over the White Sox.

The homer came off of Hector Santiago in the top of the ninth inning with the Astros already ahead 6-1. It's been a slow start to the 2018 season for the veteran designated hitter, as even with the homer his OPS sits at just .641. It's possible 31-year-old is losing bat speed, but it's too early to take this terribly seriously. If he's available in your leagues and you have a utility spot, he's worth picking up.
Apr 22 - 5:49 PM

Lance McCullers gave up one run over six innings in a victory over the White Sox on Sunday.

McCullers had to battle in this one, as he gave up nine baserunners -- eight hits, one walk -- but he was able to limit the damage to just one run and get the victory. The right-hander still owns a 4.67 ERA on the season, and it's worth pointing out that McCullers had up-and-down moments in the 2017 and 2016 seasons as well. He'll look to keep the good run going next time out against the Athletics on Saturday.
Apr 22 - 5:43 PM

Carlos Correa went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in a 7-1 victory over the White Sox on Sunday.

Correa also walked twice, and he reached four times without putting himself out in the victory. He now owns a .309 average on the young season, and his .409 on-base percentage and .584 slugging percentage are among the leaders among shortstops in the American League, as well. It's early, but Correa is well on his way to having another spectacular campaign in 2018.
Apr 22 - 5:38 PM

Yuli Gurriel is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day of rest. Marwin Gonzalez is at first base and Derek Fisher is in left field.
Apr 22 - 11:15 AM

Josh Reddick went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a grand slam to total five RBI in Saturday's 10-1 win over the White Sox.

The Astros put up four runs on Lucas Giolito in the first inning via a single, a sacrifice fly and a two-run double. Reddick got four in all on his own just one frame later, slamming Giolito with the bases juiced to push his team out to an early 8-0 advantage. He would have one more loud moment before the end of the game, crunching a solo home run in the fourth inning. With this stellar showing in the books, Reddick is now working to a strong .267/.380/.583 triple-slash with six home runs and 15 RBI across 18 games played. He's gone yard in two of his last three games.
Apr 22 - 12:28 AM

Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

Gonzalez put the exclamation point on a four-run first inning by the Astros via his two-run ground rule double. He later picked up a single. While he remains a very versatile player, Gonzalez has come out of the gates horribly flat after turning in a surprisingly robust body of work in 2017. This season, he's slashing just .200/.305/.300 with one home run and nine RBI across 70 at-bats.
Apr 22 - 12:20 AM

Dallas Keuchel yielded one run on four hits over six innings in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

Keuchel struck out six and walked two over his six innings of work. Outside of a solo home run allowed to Trayce Thompson in the fifth inning, the White Sox were unable to come through with any sort of offense against the southpaw. He'll carry a 3.10 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 25/12 K/BB ratio (29 innings) into a home start against the A's next time he takes to the mound. That WHIP mark figures to drop as the season progresses.
Apr 22 - 12:02 AM

Ken Giles (back) worked a scoreless ninth inning in Friday's victory over the White Sox.

Giles set down the White Sox in order on just nine pitches. The right-hander had been unavailable the last few days due to a back issue, but it appears all is well now. He should resume his closing duties the next time a save situation arises.
Apr 21 - 7:48 AM


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