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Brad Peacock surrendered seven runs -- five earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Angels.

Peacock had a nice outing against the Angels five days ago, but the rematch turned ugly, erasing a lot of the good he did in his first four starts after joining the Astros rotation this month (2.25 ERA in 20 IP). He'll make next to nothing next year, so the Astros will probably keep him around as an option for the fifth spot in their rotation. Still, they do have greater talents to pick from.
Oct 1 - 1:13 AM

Jake Marisnick went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Friday in the loss to the Angels.

The Astros were hoping Marisnick would step it up when they let Carlos Gomez go, but he's been miserable offensively while continuing to play very good defense in center field. Not only is he batting just .204, but he has a hideous 81/16 K/BB ratio in 280 at-bats. The Astros won't be penciling him in as a 2017 regular.
Oct 1 - 1:10 AM

Alex Bregman is not in the Astros starting lineup for Friday night's contest against the Angels.

Bregman (hamstring) returned to action on Wednesday, but it looks as though they'll still play things cautiously with him down the stretch. With the Astros out of the wild card hunt, it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out the final two games.
Sep 30 - 7:16 PM

Evan Gattis is not in the Astros starting lineup on Friday.

It's just a day of rest for the White Bear, who has been doing a lot of work behind the plate recently. Expect to see him at some point on Friday as a pinch hitter and and his return to the lineup on Saturday.
Sep 30 - 7:08 PM

Doug Fister was torched for five earned runs in just 1 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Mariners.

Fister walked one and gave up five hits, including a three-run homer to Robinson Cano in the top of the first inning. The impending free agent right-hander posted an 11.79 ERA across six ugly starts in September and finishes the 2016 season with a record of 12-13. Fister may have to settle for a get-right one-year deal on the open market, though the lack of quality starting pitching options will probably help his case.
Sep 28 - 5:44 PM

Alex Bregman (hamstring) is batting second for the Astros on Wednesday against the Mariners.

It will be the first start for Bregman since September 14, when he suffered a right hamstring strain while running the bases. Houston initially thought the 22-year-old top prospect might be done for the year, but he connected for a pinch-hit RBI single on Tuesday night to spark a big rally against Seattle and he will start at third base on Wednesday afternoon.
Sep 28 - 10:37 AM

Alex Bregman (hamstring) smacked a pinch-hit RBI single Tuesday in the Astros' defeat of the Mariners.

It was the first plate appearance in nearly two weeks for Bregman, who had been sidelined since September 14 because of a right hamstring strain. The initial diagnosis came with a timetable of 4-6 weeks, suggesting he was finished for the remainder of the 2016 regular season, but the 22-year-old top prospect made a swift recovery and could even start a few games before all is said and done. Bregman has a cool .797 OPS with eight home runs, 33 RBI, and 31 runs scored through his first 48 major league games. Impressive stuff all around.
Sep 28 - 8:58 AM

George Springer went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and two runs scored to help the Astros double up the Mariners 8-4 on Tuesday.

Springer singled and scored leading off the first inning, but it was his double with the bases loaded in the sixth inning that made the difference. That two-run knock gave the Astros a lead, and they would hold onto it to keep pace in the hunt for a spot in the AL Wild Card game. Springer is the owner of an eight-game hitting streak during which he's 17-for-36. The good stretch has his overall line up to .262/.362/.458 with 28 homers, 81 RBI, 115 runs scored and nine steals.
Sep 28 - 12:42 AM

Jose Altuve went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

Altuve stretched his insurmountable lead in the race for the American League batting title by knocking the pair of hits, and he's now batting .339/.397/.538 in 157 games. The next-closest hitter in the AL is David Ortiz, who is hitting .318 after Tuesday's game. Altuve's 28 steals are also tops in the AL, and he's seventh in runs with 107. The 26-year-old has already set personal bests with 24 homers and 96 RBI as well.
Sep 28 - 12:34 AM

Mike Fiers allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings Tuesday against the Mariners.

Fiers struggled early, giving up runs in each of the first three innings, before settling down to toss two scoreless frames to end his outing. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five in the no-decision. Fiers had some ups and downs in 2016, but he finishes with an 11-8 mark, 4.48 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 31 games, including 30 starts. The Astros will have to decide this winter whether those numbers are good enough to earn him a look at a rotation spot next spring.
Sep 28 - 12:24 AM

Collin McHugh pitched seven innings and allowed two runs Monday in a no-decision against the Mariners.

McHugh pitched well enough to win his fourth straight start, but he didn't get a lot of help tonight. The Astros ended up dropping the game in 11 innings, making it the first time in eight starts that they've lost a McHugh outing.
Sep 27 - 12:28 AM

Lance McCullers (elbow) will continue his rehab at the Astros' spring training complex in Kissimmee, Florida.

McCullers, out since early August with a mild elbow sprain, was able to make it through a 30-pitch bullpen session on Thursday. The next step will be throwing live batting practice. The Astros would have to make an unlikely run at the playoffs for him to have a chance to make it back this year, but the good news is that he's making progress.
Sep 26 - 5:35 PM

Colby Rasmus (hip, groin) is not expected to play again this season.

Rasmus has been sent to Philadelphia to see a specialist for his hip/groin issue. It's worth noting that he's not even listed on the lineup card for Monday's game. Rasmus returned to the Astros on a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer this season, but he'll finish the year with an ugly .206/.286/.355 batting line over 107 games.
Sep 26 - 5:28 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch hasn't ruled out Alex Bregman (hamstring) from returning this week.

It was previously thought that Bregman was unlikely to return unless the Astros made a deep run into the playoffs, but he was able to make it through a full workout on Monday. If anything, he could get some peace of mind going into the winter. The outstanding rookie has been out since September 14 with a hamstring strain.
Sep 26 - 5:16 PM

Alex Bregman (hamstring) did some baseball activities on the field Monday. did some running on the field today and took some ground balls and hit

Bregman, out since September 14 with a right hamstring strain, did some running on the field in addition to taking grounders and hitting. He said things went well, but odds are against him making it back this season.
Sep 26 - 4:50 PM


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