Player News - Astros

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Charlie Morton was lifted after allowing three runs in 2 1/3 innings Wednesday in his start against the Red Sox.

Morton just hasn't been quite the same since August, and the little bit of decline in his stuff was enough to allow the Red Sox to do some damage against him tonight. He'll probably be available out of the pen if the series makes it back to Boston this weekend, but odds are that he won't be used again in the ALCS.
Oct 18 - 1:26 AM

Tony Kemp went 2-for-3 with a homer and two walks against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

One of the lingering memories from Game 4 will be Kemp getting thrown out trying for a double to start the bottom of the eighth against Craig Kimbrel, but it took an absolutely ridiculous effort from Mookie Betts to pull that off and it shouldn't take away from Kemp's stellar showing at the plate. The Astros could have returned him to the bench with Jose Altuve set to play second base on Thursday, but they'll have to keep him in the lineup now.
Oct 18 - 1:22 AM

George Springer went 3-for-4 with a homer Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Springer was taken out of the leadoff spot and used in the two hole tonight, but it certainly wasn't for anything he's done wrong. He is 7-for-17 with five RBI in the ALCS after going 6-for-14 with three homers in the ALDS against the Indians.
Oct 18 - 1:21 AM

Jose Altuve is set to return to second base on Thursday after DHing for a second straight game Wednesday.

Altuve is bothered by a sore right knee. With Altuve DHing, the Astros have used Tony Kemp in left field and Marwin Gonzalez at second base the last two days. Tyler White has been sent to the bench.
Oct 17 - 7:14 PM

The Astros have Alex Bregman leading off in Wednesday's ALCS Game 4 against the Red Sox.

It's a curious call, given that the goal would seem to be to have runners on base for Bregman. Still, it will take advantage of his OBP and it might get him an extra at-bat in the end. Here's the entire lineup: 3B Bregman, CF George Springer, DH Jose Altuve, 2B Marwin Gonzalez, 1B Yuli Gurriel, RF Josh Reddick, SS Carlos Correa, C Martin Maldonado and LF Tony Kemp.
Oct 17 - 4:35 PM

Alex Bregman went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk in the Astros' ALCS Game 3 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Bregman also made several nifty plays defensively at third base. The 24-year-old budding superstar is batting .467 with a .714 on-base percentage and 1.714 OPS so far in the 2018 postseason. He's reached base in 20 of his 28 plate appearances, scoring seven runs and driving in five.
Oct 16 - 9:34 PM

Roberto Osuna surrendered five earned runs in the eighth inning Tuesday as the Astros lost ALCS Game 3 to the Red Sox.

Pitching for the first time in 10 days, Osuna yielded two singles, hit two batters, and then gave up a grand slam to Jackie Bradley as the Red Sox busted the game wide open and ultimately took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. Osuna, who served a 75-game suspension earlier this year under MLB's domestic violence policy, was booed by the Minute Maid Park crowd as he walked back to the dugout.
Oct 16 - 9:24 PM

Dallas Keuchel allowed two earned runs over five innings Tuesday in the Astros' ALCS Game 3 loss to the Red Sox.

Keuchel surrendered both of those runs in the top of the first inning, after giving up hits to each of the first three batters he faced. The left-hander mostly settled in from there, but he finished with zero strikeouts for the first time in 2018 and was out-dueled by Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi. The official loss went to Joe Smith, who yielded a go-ahead homer to Steve Pearce in the top of the sixth inning. Roberto Osuna was hammered for five earned runs in the top of the eighth.
Oct 16 - 9:14 PM

Justin Verlander will start Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Thursday.

As expected. Dallas Keuchel will start Game 3 on Tuesday while Charlie Morton is due to make his postseason debut in Game 4 on Wednesday. Verlander allowed two runs over six innings in a victory over the Red Sox back in Game 1.
Oct 16 - 1:32 PM

Jose Altuve will serve as the designated hitter for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Altuve was bothered by a right knee injury during the season and it's still an issue, so the hope is to get him off his feet a bit. With Altuve sliding to the DH spot, Marwin Gonzalez will start at second base while Tony Kemp will play left field. Brian McCann is behind the plate. The full lineup for Houston: George Springer CF, Altuve DH, Alex Bregman 3B, Yuli Gurriel 1B, Gonzalez 2B, Josh Reddick RF, Carlos Correa SS, McCann C, Kemp LF.
Oct 16 - 1:09 PM

Astros acquired LHP Brayan de Paula and OF Adonis Giron from the Marlins for international bonus pool money.

The Marlins are known to be on the hunt for international cash, so the Astros were happy to take on a couple of lottery tickets. De Paula, 19, has pitched in the Dominican Summer League for the past two seasons while posting a 3.05 ERA and 57/16 K/BB ratio over 59 innings. He has pitched primarily as a reliever.
Oct 16 - 12:23 PM

Astros acquired OF Adonis Giron and LHP Brayan de Paula from the Marlins for international bonus pool money.

The exact amount of money is unclear, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com notes that it's believed to put the Marlins ahead of the Orioles as they pursue Cuban prospects Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr., and Sandy Gaston. As for Giron, he turns 18 in February and batted .255/.331/.362 with three homers and 12 steals over 67 games this season in the Dominican Summer League.
Oct 16 - 12:18 PM

Brian McCann will start Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday.

He'll have caught both of Dallas Keuchel's starts, with Martin Maldonado starting the other four games. Tony Kemp will also get his first start of the series.
Oct 15 - 5:11 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he's considering using Jose Altuve as the team's designated hitter in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday.

Altuve landed on the disabled list back in July with a right knee injury and he banged the knee up again in Game 2 of the ALDS. Worth noting is that he's gone just 4-for-18 at the plate since that game, but it won't keep him out of the lineup unless it gets worse. The Astros could stick Marwin Gonzalez at second base if Altuve is the DH, although Gonzalez is also banged up after colliding with the outfield wall in Game 2 of the ALCS. Tony Kemp will get a start either in left field or the DH spot.
Oct 15 - 5:01 PM

Marwin Gonzalez is hopeful he'll be in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Gonzalez crashed into the left field wall while trying to make a catch in the bottom of the third inning, banging up his head and neck in the process. He received treatment and an IV, but was able to remain in the game. The hope is that he'll be ready to go following Monday's off-day. "I'm pretty sore, but nothing that will get me out of the field," said Gonzalez. "Let's see how I wake up tomorrow."
Oct 15 - 8:59 AM


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