Player News - Astros

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Jose Altuve missed the cycle by a home run in Wednesday's 10-4 win over the Angels.

Altuve finished the game 4-for-5 with four runs scored, an RBI triple and a stolen base. Not a bad day at the office. The diminutive second baseman is posting a legitimate MVP-caliber season -- the Astros' recent turnaround will only aid that -- on the strength of a monumental .357/.432/.572 triple-slash with 23 doubles, 13 homers, 46 RBI, 21 steals and 60 runs scored across 311 at-bats. He is on pace to set career-highs in a number of offensive categories.
Jun 29 - 8:11 PM

Dallas Keuchel turned in a quality start in Wednesday's win over the Angels, yielding three runs (two earned) on six hits over six innings.

Wednesday's start was fine enough, but Keuchel remains one of the more disappointing players in all of the fantasy landscape. Even in this "fine enough" start, he struck out just four and walked three. For the season, the reigning AL Cy Young winner holds a 5.13 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 93/34 K/BB ratio across 107 innings. A home start against the Mariners shows next on his schedule as he looks to try to drop his ERA back under 5.00.
Jun 29 - 7:40 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Scott Feldman might start one more time before the All-Star Break.

"I'll think about it," Hinch said. "We have 11 games counting today between now and the break and I think he's done everything to warrant that consideration." In a spot start against the Angels on Tuesday, Feldman surrendered just one unearned run on three hits over five innings. The Astros will face the Mariners and A's in their final two pre-All-Star Break series. Should the veteran right-hander see another start, it would come against one of those teams. He owns a 2.76 ERA and 34/13 K/BB ratio across 49 innings, mostly in relief duty.
Jun 29 - 5:15 PM

Astros SS prospect Alex Bregman bopped a two-run homer as part of a two-hit effort Tuesday in the Texas League All-Star Game.

It's not a bad way to go out as Bregman is expected to be promoted to Triple-A Fresno later this week. The 22-year-old had nothing left to prove in Double-A, hitting .297 with 14 HR, 46 RBI and five steals in the first half. The Astros' consensus top prospect hasn't missed a beat since joining the organization as the No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft. With Carlos Correa entrenched at shortstop, Bregman's best shot to crack the big leagues in 2016 will probably come as a third baseman.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 29 - 2:39 PM

Jason Castro is out of the Astros' starting lineup Wednesday against the Angels.

He'll get some rest with the day game after the night game. Evan Gattis will start behind the plate.
Jun 29 - 1:26 PM

Colby Rasmus is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Angels.

Marwin Gonzalez will start in left field while Jake Marisnick plays center field. Carlos Gomez will serve as the designated hitter.

Carlos Correa was a monster in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Angels, finishing 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and four total RBI.

Correa jumped the Astros out to a 3-0 lead when he smacked a three-run homer off Tim Lincecum in the first inning. He would drive in his fourth run of the game with an RBI ground out in the seventh inning. The 21-year-old phenom has been scalding the ball of late and has picked up five doubles in his last 10 games. In that same space, he has driven in 14 runs. For the season, Correa is slashing .265/.363/.474 with 13 homers, 47 RBI and eight steals across 283 at-bats.
Jun 29 - 1:54 AM

Scott Feldman did a nice job in Tuesday's win over the Angels, allowing one unearned run on three hits over five innings.

Feldman earned the start in place of Lance McCullers (blister). He struck out two without walking a batter. Depending on whether McCullers is able to recover in time for his next start, Feldman could see at least one more spot outing. The veteran right-hander has been used, for the most part, as a bullpen arm and holds a 2.76 ERA with a 34/13 K/BB ratio across 49 frames.
Jun 29 - 1:40 AM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Tuesday that Lance McCullers will return to the Astros starting rotation on Monday.

He'll miss just one start due to his blister issue, but owners who used him in weekly leagues this week will end up with a zero. Scott Feldman will be relegated back to bullpen duty upon his return.
Jun 28 - 8:43 PM

Astros OF prospect Daz Cameron finished a double short of the cycle Monday in a win for Low-A Tri-City.

The 19-year-old finished with four hits and plated three of the ValleyCats' eight runs. It's been all-or-nothing for Cameron lately. He's driven in 11 runs over his last 10 games, though he's struck out 18 times during that span. Cameron's two-run shot in the fourth inning was his first homer in 297 minor league at-bats.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 28 - 4:15 PM

Will Harris pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to earn his seventh save as the Astros topped the Angels 4-2 on Monday.

The ninth started with a strikeout/wild pitch that allowed Johnny Giavotella to reach. Back-to-back singles followed, loading the bases with no outs. Fortunately, Harris had the bottom of the Angels' order to deal with at that point and no pinch-hitters in sight. He struck out Jett Bandy and then induced a comebacker from Andrelton Simmons that turned into a 1-2-3 double play.
Jun 28 - 2:00 AM

A.J. Reed's early struggles continued Monday, as he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts against the Angels.

Reed is 0-for-10 with six strikeouts and two walks through three games. One wonders if the Astros might give him a little breather on Tuesday in order to regroup.
Jun 28 - 1:54 AM

Scott Feldman will start Tuesday against the Angels.

Feldman will start in place of Lance McCullers, who has been scratched due to a blister. The 33-year-old owns a 3.07 ERA and 32/13 K/BB ratio over 44 innings this season, mostly out of the bullpen. The Angels are an appealing matchup, but we're not expecting much in the way of fantasy value here.
Jun 27 - 8:18 PM

Lance McCullers has been scratched from Tuesday's start against the Angels due to a blister.

McCullers is dealing with a start of a small blister on his finger and the Astros don't want to take any chances. Scott Feldman will make the start in his place. McCullers could return to action as soon as this weekend against the White Sox.
Jun 27 - 8:08 PM

Astros pitching prospect David Paulino is currently serving a team-imposed suspension for violating a club policy.

General manager Jeff Luhnow said that "it wasn't anything major" but didn't go into more detail. "We've got rules and every once in a while rules are violated and we have to enforce them," Luhnow said. Paulino has been awesome at Double-A Corpus Christi this season, posting a 1.86 ERA and 66/11 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. He's expected to rejoin the rotation soon.
Jun 26 - 9:56 AM


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