Player News - Astros

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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

Carlos Correa went deep twice to drive in three runs and lead the Astros over the White Sox 10-0 on Friday.

He drilled a two-run homer in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach, then added a solo shot in the ninth inning just for fun. He went 3-for-5 in the game to boost his line to .319/.369/.569 with four homers and 17 RBI on the season.
Apr 21 - 1:14 AM

George Springer went 2-for-5 with two runs and four RBI as the Astros thrashed the White Sox on Friday.

He drove in two runs with a double in the fourth inning, and kept running around the bases and scored on the same play when the shortstop made a throwing error. In his next at-bat he rifled a ground-rule double that plated two more runs. Springer's .238 batting average leaves something to be desired but his counting stats look good. He has four homers, 16 RBI and 15 runs scored through 21 games.
Apr 21 - 1:10 AM

Justin Verlander shut down the White Sox for six innings to earn a win on Friday.

He struck out five and allowed just two hits and three walks while making it look like a walk in the park against a weak White Sox lineup. Verlander has been unbeatable this year, rocking a 3-0 record, 1.10 ERA and 0.77 WHIP through five starts. He has 39 strikeouts and eight walks in 32 2/3 innings.
Apr 21 - 1:05 AM

Astros C prospect Garrett Stubbs went 4-for-5 and scored two runs on Thursday for Triple-A Fresno.

Stubbs also knocked in a run. The 24-year-old backstop was a disappointment in 2017 with a .649 OPS in Double-A, but he's gotten off to a start start to the 2018 season with a .395 average through nine games. He's a quality defender behind the plate, so he doesn't need to hit much in order to be a starting backstop. There's potentially fantasy value in him if he can, because he's one of the few catchers who offers a chance for steals. Keep an eye on Stubbs going forward.
Apr 20 - 2:07 PM

Charlie Morton pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out eight in the Astros' 9-2 drubbing of the Mariners on Thursday.

Morton settled for eight strikeouts today after coming through with 12 against the Rangers last time out, but it was another brilliant outing. He's gone without allowing an earned run three times in his four starts, leaving him 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA. We'll just have to see if this is the year he stays healthy; his career highs are 29 starts and 172 innings from way back in 2011.
Apr 19 - 6:53 PM

Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with two doubles, four RBI and a walk in Thursday's rout of the Mariners.

Altuve is still looking for his first homer after hitting 24 each of the last two years, but he did double his season totals for doubles and RBI in this one. He's hitting his usual .342, though that comes with a .790 OPS instead of the .900+ we've grown accustomed to recently.
Apr 19 - 6:49 PM

Max Stassi went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and three runs scored Thursday against the Mariners.

Stassi is off to a nice 9-for-29 start with two homers as Brian McCann's backup. He's not going to keep this up, but the Astros have to feel pretty good about having him in the lineup against lefties right now.
Apr 19 - 6:47 PM


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