Player News - Astros

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George Springer hit a pair of solo home runs in the Astros' 4-2 win over the Orioles on Thursday.

Springer led off the Astros' half of the first inning with a homer against Orioles starter Kevin Gausman, and he connected again in the fifth, also off Gausman. The multi-homer game was his first this season, giving him 11 home runs overall. The 26-year-old is hitting .270/.364/.492 and has been serving as the team's leadoff hitter, ahead of Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, in recent days.
May 26 - 11:45 PM

Ken Giles handled ninth-inning duties against the Orioles on Thursday, allowing one run on two hits before shutting the door to earn his first save of the season.

Luke Gregerson had thrown 43 pitches over the previous two days, so it was Giles who got the call to close out the Orioles. Two singles in the inning produced a run, but Giles got Chris Davis to ground out as the tying run to end the game. Giles has settled down after a miserable start to the year, posting a 2.62 ERA this month with 13 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings. The closer's job is still Gregerson's to lose, but Giles looks more like a viable alternative, should Gregerson stumble, than he did a few weeks ago.
May 26 - 11:37 PM

Luis Valbuena hit a two-run home run in a win over the Orioles on Thursday.

The home run was his third in as many games, as Valbuena apparently likes batting against Orioles pitching. Thursday's blast came against Kevin Gausman, one of three homers Gausman gave up to Astros hitters on the night. Valbuena's power display has more than doubled his home run total since the start of the series, as the 30-year-old now has five homers and 15 RBI to go with a .220/.303/.402 line.
May 26 - 11:32 PM

Lance McCullers had an interesting outing Thursday, striking out 10, walking six and allowing just one run on one hit over five innings in a win over the Orioles.

The one hit McCullers surrendered was a solo homer by Mark Trumbo. Otherwise, he was virtually untouchable, registering his highest single-game strikeout total since July 12 of last season. Of course, the six walks were also a record for the 22-year-old. All told, McCullers is now 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 21/12 K/BB ratio through his first 15 2/3 innings. An interleague date with the Diamondbacks is on tap for Tuesday.
May 26 - 11:28 PM

Evan Gattis had a two-run homer and a double to help the Astros edge the Orioles 4-3 on Wednesday.

Gattis made his second start of the year at catcher in this one. He's 11-for-31 with four homers since returning from the minors on May 16, so whether he's catching or DHing, he's going to be in the starting lineup most of the time for the foreseeable future.
May 25 - 11:21 PM

Collin McHugh allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Orioles.

McHugh struck out 10, but he gave up eight hits, three of them coming before he was pulled in the sixth. McHugh has been a disappointment this year, but he's largely kept the Astros in games since getting absolutely blitzed in his season debut against the Yankees on April 6. He has a 4.30 ERA and a 48/11 K/BB ratio in 52 1/3 innings since.
May 25 - 11:19 PM

Jose Altuve went hitless in a fourth straight game Wednesday against the Orioles.

Altuve is 0-for-17 during his little funk. It's just the second time in his career that he's gone hitless in four straight starts. It also happened in May 2013. Since the beginning of 2014, he had gone hitless in three straight just one time (in May 2015).
May 25 - 11:16 PM

Carlos Gomez (ribs) hit a solo home run in a rehab game Wednesday night with Double-A Corpus Christi.

It was his first home run at any level of baseball since the calendar turned to 2016. Gomez ultimately finished the night 1-for-4 and is now 1-for-8 through two rehab games. The center fielder was batting just .182 with a .486 OPS in 34 games for Houston when he landed on the disabled list May 16 with a bruised left rib cage. He'll be back in the majors next week.
May 25 - 10:51 PM

Astros IF prospect Matt Duffy hammered two home runs Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Fresno.

He plated five of Fresno's 14 runs as the Grizzlies rolled to a 14-3 win over Oklahoma City. After going his first 28 games without a homer, the 27-year-old has now clocked four long balls over his last eight contests. Duffy earned a late-season promotion last year by hitting .294 with 20 HR and 104 RBI in 127 games for Fresno. He hasn't been nearly as good this year, batting just .217 with 51 strikeouts in 129 at-bats. He did make a brief cameo in Houston earlier this season, going hitless in three at-bats.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 2:31 PM

Carlos Correa hit an RBI single in the 13th inning to give the Astros a walk-off, 3-2 win over the Orioles on Tuesday.

Correa was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts before delivering the game-winning hit in the 13th. He's been streaky in his first full season in the majors, striking out in a surprising 25.1 percent of his plate appearances while also hitting seven homers with eight steals on the year. It all adds up to a .250/.343/.409 line that should be more attractive by season's end.
May 25 - 1:10 AM

Luis Valbuena hit a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

Valbuena finished 2-for-4 in the game, with his two-run shot off Chris Tillman in the fifth inning giving the Astros a fleeting lead. The homer was just his third of the season after he broke out with 25 dingers last year. One thing he has carried over is his struggle to hit for average, as the 30-year-old is hitting a measly .207/.294/.347 in 39 games.
May 25 - 1:01 AM

George Springer was on base five times Tuesday, collecting three hits and drawing two walks in a win over the Orioles.

Springer had a double to go with two singles in four official at-bats. The travesty is that he never came around to score, nor did he drive in a run from the leadoff spot. Springer had a 10-game hitting streak snapped Sunday, and Tuesday's good showing has his overall line up to .265/.364/.464. Perhaps Tuesday will be the start of another streak.
May 25 - 12:58 AM

Doug Fister allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Orioles.

The good was that Fister allowed just three hits with three walks. The bad was that two of those hits left the yard. Either way, the right-hander left long before the game was decided in extra innings, leaving his record at 4-3 with a 4.12 ERA and 1.26 WHIP through nine starts. Fister is set to next take on the Angels on Sunday.
May 25 - 12:51 AM

Carlos Gomez (ribs) went 0-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch in his minor league rehab debut with Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday night.

Gomez, on the 15-day disabled list since May 16 with a bruised left rib cage, should be ready to for activation when first eligible next week. He was batting just .182 with a .486 OPS over his first 34 games this season for Houston, but the dynamic 30-year-old center fielder seems like a pretty good buy-low target in standard fantasy leagues.
May 24 - 11:08 PM

Colby Rasmus was ejected from Tuesday's game against the Orioles for arguing a called third strike.

Rasmus took issue with Dana DeMuth's strike zone in the bottom of the sixth and apparently uttered one of the magic words. Jake Marisnick took over in center field. Rasmus finished the evening 0-for-3.
May 24 - 10:11 PM


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