Description: Astros right fielder George Springer is doubtful for Friday's game against Boston
Insight: Springer was hit on the right wrist by Edinson Volquez and most expect he'll need a stint on the disabled list. He is batting .264 with 13 homers, 29 RBI, 43 runs and 14 steals after an excellent June (.321, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 19 runs, 2 SB, .905 OPS).
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel was fantastic yet again Tuesday versus the Royals.
Insight: After tossing a complete-game last time out, Keuchel went eight innings and did not allow a run. He gave up seven hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out seven. Keuchel is now 10-3 with a 2.03 ERA.
Description: Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Kansas City.
Insight: According to beat writer Evan Drellich, Rasmus was bitten on his left hand by a bug and the antibiotics and IV have left him unable to play the last three games. He's batting .247 with 10 homers and 26 RBI this season.
Description: Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer left Saturday's game via ejection after throwing at Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez.
Insight: Maybe it was better because Oberholtzer was pitching horribly. He allowed six runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings. Luckily, the Astros scored six runs as well, so Oberholtzer didn't receive the loss. After the game, he was also optioned to Triple-A, so what little fantasy value Oberholtzer had left is now gone.
Description: Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus will sit on Saturday due to a skin infection.
Insight: Rasmus is hitting .247 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI. He's always had plenty of power, he just hasn't been able to stay healthy for a full season to show it off. Domingo Santana will take his place in right field.
Description: Houston third baseman Luis Valbuena hit two more home runs in the, 13-3, victory over the Angels on Tuesday.
Insight: Valbuena was 3-for-5 with the two homers. He has 19 homers this season, but amazingly, he is only hitting .195. 19 of Valbuena's 47 hits are home runs. He also only had 35 RBI, so Valbuena is really only useful to owners who need home runs.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has returned to the lineup on Monday.
Insight: Altuve has missed the last four games with a strained right hamstring. Altuve is hitting .287 with five home runs, 28 RBI, 28 runs and 17 stolen bases in 254 at-bats this season, but since the start of May, he is slashing just .237/.284/.321.
Description: In his first start since returning from the bereavement list, Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus slammed his 10th home run of the season.
Insight: Rasmus is hitting .254 with 10 home runs and 25 RBI. He's always had plenty of power, he just hasn't been able to stay healthy for a full season to show it off. The last time he saw 500 at-bats, he hit 23 HR and knocked in 75.
Description: Saturday would probably be a good day to give Astros catcher Jason Castro the day off.
Insight: Castro is is 1-for-11, a single, with seven strikeouts versus Saturday's scheduled starter Taijuan Walker. Catro is batting .227 this season with seven homers and 15 RBI. Backup catcher Hank Conger is 2-for-2 against Walker.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was not in the lineup versus the Mariners on Friday, but did take batting practice.
Insight: Altuve said he felt great Friday according to a Houston Chronicle report, but the Astros still held him out. Altuve hasn't played since leaving Wednesday's game. It appears he's very close to returning. Stay tuned.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is still not in the lineup versus the Mariners on Friday.
Insight: Altuve said he felt great Friday according to the Houston Chronicle, but the Astros still held him out. Altuve hasn't played since leaving Wednesday's game with a hamstring issue. Consider him day-to-day.
Description: Astros prospect Carlos Correa became the youngest player to steal three bases in a game since Rickey Henderson in 1979.
Insight: Correa is 20 years and 269 days old. Henderson, a baseball Hall of Famer, was 20 years and 241 days old when he stole three bases on Aug. 23, 1979. Correa was 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs in addition to the three steals in the game. He is batting .349/.378/.626 with three home runs, seven RBI and four steals in 43 at-bats.
Description: Astros outfielder Preston Tucker was 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs in the, 8-4, victory over the Rockies on Thursday.
Insight: Tucker homered in the first to begin the game. Then, he picked up an RBI on a groundout in the third and another on a double in the fifth. Tucker is hitting .267 with four home runs, 10 doubles and 15 RBI in 105 at-bats this year.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (hamstring) tried to play Wednesday, but left after two at-bats and should be considered doubtful for Thursday's game against Colorado.
Insight: Altuve has not played since hurting his right hamstring on Friday. This setback could cost fantasy owners a couple of weeks on the disabled list. Altuve is batting .287 with five homers, 28 RBI, 28 runs and 17 steals.
Description: Houston third baseman Luis Valbuena smacked two home runs Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Valbuena's first homer was a solo shot and the second was a three-run homer. Most of his homers have been solo shots this season, as he has 30 RBI overall. Valbuena also has 16 homers, but an ugly .188 BA this season.
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis went 4-for-5 with three runs in, 13-0, victory over the Mariners on Sunday.
Insight: It is a bit unusual to see a team score 13 runs and not have their clean up hitter drive in a run, but Houston's No. 5 through 9 hitters had 11 of the team's 12 RBI. As a result, Gattis scored three times. He is hitting .236 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI in 229 at-bats this season.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve left Friday's game against the Mariners with a hamstring injury and is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: It's a big loss for fantasy owners as Altuve is batting .290 with five homers, 27 RBI, 27 runs and 17 steals. Altuve came up lame while running to first in an attempt to beat out an infield single. Carlos Correa will bat second.
Description: Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer pitched eight shutout innings in the, 10-0, victory over the Mariners on Friday.
Insight: Who would have guessed that in a pitching matchup between Oberholtzer and Felix Hernandez that it would be Oberholtzer to pitch the eight shutout innings. The Astros left-hander allowed just three hits, two walks and struck out five. He is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in four starts this season.
Description: Orioles infielder Jimmy Paredes had three hits, two RBI and two runs in the, 11-3, victory over the Yankees on Friday.
Insight: Paredes picked up the two RBI on a single in the fourth and a fielder's choice in the seventh. All three of Paredes hits were singles. He is hitting .302 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 182 at-bats this season.
Description: Astros catcher Jason Castro is not in the starting lineup Monday.
Insight: Just a routine day off against a tough left-hander in Chris Sale. Castro is hitting .219 with six home runs and 13 RBI in 142 at-bats this season. You weren't going to start him in this tough matchup anyway. Hank Conger gets the start.
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis was 1-for-5 with two RBI in the loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Insight: Houston was in line to avoid a sweep in Toronto, but the Blue Jays rallied in the ninth to win, 7-6. Gattis picked up his two RBI on a double in the seventh. He is hitting .234 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 205 at-bats this year.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve had three hits in the loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Insight: Altuve was 3-for-4 with a RBI-single in the the third. The second baseman is hitting .303, but since May 3, he is batting just .227 with just five extra-base hits. Altuve does, however, lead the league with 16 steals, so despite the cold streak, he has been productive this season.
Description: Astros catcher Jason Castro is back in the starting lineup against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Insight: Castro sat out Tuesday after he took a ball off his knee on Monday. He exited Monday's game, but Castro was available to pinch hit if needed on Tuesday. He is hitting .227 with five home runs and 12 RBI in 132 at-bats this season.
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer to tie the game at four against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Insight: Gattis tied it, but in the eighth, Chris Davis hit his second bomb to put Baltimore ahead, 5-4, which was the final score. Gattis is slashing .218/.251/.473 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 165 at-bats this season.
Description: Orioles infielder Jimmy Paredes had three hits and a run scored in the, 4-1, loss to the Astros on Tuesday.
Insight: Paredes scored Baltimore's only run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly. That actually gave the Orioles a, 1-0, lead, but Houston scored four unanswered runs to end the game. Paredes is having a fantastic season, hitting .348 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 132 at-bats this season.
Description: Astros outfielder Preston Tucker hit his second pinch hit home run in four games against the Tigers on Sunday.
Insight: In both cases, Tucker's home run tied the game with Detroit. On Sunday, the game-tying blast came in the sixth. It tied the game at seven, and Houston went on to win, 10-8. Tucker is hitting .324 with two home runs and seven RBI in 37 at-bats this season.
Description: Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is not in the lineup for Friday's contest.
Insight: He has been in a slump lately, and this is now the second time over the past four games Marisnick is sitting out. Colby Rasmus will start in center, with Preston Tucker getting the nod in left.
Description: Astros catcher Jason Castro was 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the, 6-4, victory over the Athletics on Tuesday.
Insight: Castro hit his solo home run in the eighth to put the Astros ahead, 6-2. Oakland scored twice in the ninth, but Houston held on to win. Castro is hitting .225 with five home runs and eight RBI in 102 at-bats this season.
Description: Houston brought up Double-A pitching prospect Lance McCullers Jr. to pitch Monday night and the 21-year-old right-hander held his own against the Oakland A's.
Insight: McCullers went 4 2/3 IP yielding just one run and three hits. He did walk three while striking out five batters. He dominated at Double-A (3-1, 0.62 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, 43 Ks in 29 IP), but we aren't sure if he's ready to help your fantasy roster. We will know more if he gets another start because he'd be tested by the strong Tigers lineup in a weekend start.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel improved to a perfect 5-0 with a victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Insight: Keuchel did give up four runs on eight hits in six innings, but it was enough to win, 8-4. He also had five strikeouts and three walks. Keuchel has a 1.87 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in the, 8-4, victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Insight: Altuve also had a single. He is having another incredible season, and he now has the supporting cast to become a true fantasy star. Altuve is slashing .338/.389/.500 with five home runs, 24 RBI, 20 runs and 13 stolen bases in 148 at-bats this season.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in the, 6-5, victory over the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Houston continues to win and are the first team in the American League to 20 wins. Altuve started the scoring, hitting his home run in the first inning. Altuve is hitting .349/.401/.504 with four home runs, 21 RBI, 17 runs and 11 steals in 129 at-bats this season.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel stayed undefeated, winning his fourth game of the season on Saturday, 6-5, over the Angels.
Insight: Keuchel didn't pitched as well in this start, allowing four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, but it was enough to win as the Astros spotted Keuchel six runs in the first three innings. Los Angeles had the tying run in scoring position in the ninth but wasn't able to bring him in as they lose by a run. Keuchel is 4-0 with a 1.39 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus has been showing power of late, with five homers in 74 at-bats this season, including three in the last seven games, but Tuesday's matchup should be avoided.
Insight: Rasmus is hitless in 12 tries versus Wandy Rodriguez with three strikeouts.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel pitched eight innings and allowed just one run but received a no-decision on Monday versus the Rangers.
Insight: Texas scored on Astros reliever Chad Qualls in the ninth to win, 2-1. Keuchel, however, has still been unbelievable this season. He is 3-0 with a 0.80 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in 45 innings this season.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit a walkoff single to lift Houston to a, 3-2, victory over the Mariners on Thursday.
Insight: Who would have thought the Astros would be sitting in first place at 15-7 on May 1. That's tied for the best record in the American League. Altuve went 3-for-5 with a run and RBI on Thursday, and he has eight straight games with at least two hits. Over that stretch, Altuve is 19-for-39 (.487).
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel pitched extremely well again as he beat the Padres, 7-2, on Wednesday.
Insight: Houston was leading, 3-1, in the ninth when they added four runs, so no need to stretch Keuchel out for the complete game with a sizable lead. He allowed just one run on three hits, four strikeouts and no walks in eight innings. Keuchel is 3-0 this season.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was just 1-for-5 on Tuesday but had three RBI in the, 6-3, victory over the Mariners.
Insight: Altuve had the game-winning three-run double in the eighth. Altuve is off to an average start, hitting .288/.333/.373 with three extra-base hits on seven RBI and five stolen bases in 59 at-bats this season.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is 5-for-10 with a couple of doubles against Seattle starter Taijuan Walker.
Insight: Altuve is also 2-for-2 in steals against Walker. he's batting .296 this season , but had a nine-game hitting streak end Monday night. he should get right back on the horse in this favorable matchup.
Description: Astros righty Brad Peacock (right hip surgery) is expected to make his first start of the season Tuesday against Oakland.
Insight: Peacock has yet to prove to be a fantasy-worthy asset. He's a career 11-15 with a 4.68 ERA and 1.471 WHIP. Although he has a solid 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings average, you should take a wait-and-see attitude here.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits in the, 2-0, victory over the Indians on Opening Day.
Insight: Keuchel outdueled the reigning AL Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber. Keuchel had four strikeouts and three walks. He should be able to produce better numbers with the Astros adding offense this offseason, but he still doesn't get that many strikeouts. He had 146 K's in 200 innings in 2014.
Description: The Astros have sent Dan Straily to the minors.
Insight: Straily "earned" the trip after posting a whopping 5.91 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. As a rookie in 2013 he went 10-8 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.241 WHIP for Oakland, but last season was a washout in both Oakland and with the Cubs.
Description: Houston's young right fielder, George Springer, is completely recovered from the left quad injury that put a stop to am impressive early-season run, according to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Insight: The 24-year-old outfielder hit 20 home runs, knocked in 51 RBI, stole five bases and posted a .804 OPS in 78 games, but didn't play a game after July 19. He's got all the tools to be a fantasy star and should go high in next year's fantasy drafts.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve registered two hits and finished with a .341 batting average to win the American League batting title.
Insight: Altuve had to talk his way into the lineup as the Astros wanted him to sit and protect the batting title lead. He came into the day with a three point lead over Detroit's Victor Martinez, who went 0-for-3 on Sunday. Altuve had a fantastic year: .341/.377/.453 with seven home runs, 59 RBI, and 56 stolen bases.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is a career .357 (5-for-14) hitter against Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon.
Insight: After an 0-for-4 on Saturday, Altuve's average has dopped to .340, which is only three percentage points ahead of Detroit's Victor Martinez for the American League lead. With nothing to play for on Sunday, make sure Altuve is not sitting out to ensure he keeps the batting title before inserting him in your fantasy lineup.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 1-for-4 with an RBI-single on Friday.
Insight: Altuve tied the game with his single in the sixth. He also scored in the inning which proved to be the game-winner. Altuve is batting .342, which leads the American League. Victor Martinez of the Tigers is second, hitting .336.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve just keeps on hitting.
Insight: After a two-hit game last night, Altuve has a nice matchup against Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma. He is 9-for-22 (.409 BA) lifetime against Iwakuma, with four RBI. Altuve has the AL batting title locked up.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel continued his strong month on Saturday.
Insight: He went eight innings of one-run ball, striking out eight and lowering his ERA to 2.93. Keuchel received run support early, and he coasted to defeat Seattle, improving his record to 12-9. He has been somewhat of a sleeper this year.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve it hitless in seven at-bats against Seattle starter Chris Young.
Insight: It's hard to believe the "hit machine" hasn't had any success against Young, but it is a small sample size. He has 216 hits with a week still left on the season. The 24-year-old now has a commanding lead in the batting title race, hitting .343/.379/.456 on the year.
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (quad) is out for the rest of the season according to MLB.com
Insight: Houston does not want to push their 24-year-old outfielder to return for a lost season. In just 78 games in 2014, Springer hit 20 home runs, 51 RBI, stole five bases and posted a .804 OPS. Definitely keep an eye on him for 2015.
Description: Astros starter Collin McHugh caught a bit of tough luck, as he was forced to be removed from Monday's game, with a bruised left forearm.
Insight: He was in the midst of another outstanding start, when we took a line drive off the forearm. McHugh still went 6 2/3 innings, allowing one unearned run and striking out seven. Houston expects him to be ready for his next start against the Mariners.
Description: Astros right-hander Collin McHugh heads into tonight's start against the Cleveland Indians trending up.
Insight: An under-the-radar pitcher on a lousy team, McHugh is definitely not one to blame. He has been solid all season (9-9, 2.79 ERA and 1.04 WHIP) and has been even better during his past three starts (3-0, 1.59 ERA and 0.62 WHIP). McHugh needs to be plugged into your lineup, as his hot streak has lasted throughout the entire second half of the season (5-1, 2.11 ERA and 0.95 WHIP).
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was 2-for-4 with a RBI against the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Altuve bumps his batting average back up to .338, which is four points higher than Victor Martinez for the batting title. Altuve has six hits in his last three games. He has 51 extra-base hits, 52 RBI and 79 runs this season.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is a career .500 hitter (8-for-16) against Mariners left-hander Felix Hernandez.
Insight: This would normally be a matchup you stay away from, but Altuve has had tremendous success against Hernandez. Three of Altuve's eight hits have been doubles. It is safe to leave the second baseman in the lineup on Monday.
Description: Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler drew a game-winning walk against the Athletics on Sunday as Houston won, 4-3.
Insight: Fowler went 1-for-3 with the game-winning RBI. The A's intentionally walked Jose Altuve ahead of Fowler with two runners on base. The center fielder drew a five-pitch walk to bring in the go-ahead run. Fowler has drawn 61 walks in 99 games this season and posts a healthy .378 on-base percentage.
Description: Astros closer Chad Qualls blew his sixth save of the season as Houston coughed up a 3-1 lead in the ninth to lose to Oakland, 4-3.
Insight: Coincidentally, five of Qualls' six blown saves are against the Athletics. Houston was leading by two with runners on first and third when Qualls came into the game. He gave up a double to Josh Reddick and then Jeff Lowrie hit a walkoff single.
Description: Astros pitcher Scott Feldman went eight and 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs but could not close the door on the Athletics and received the no-decision.
Insight: Feldman followed up his complete game shutout of the Rangers on Aug. 30 with another masterful game. He, however, could not finished the ninth and relief pitcher Chad Qualls blew the save. The Astros coughed up a 3-1 lead in the ninth to lose, 4-3. Feldman is still pitching very well, allowing just two earned runs over his last 17 1/3 innings pitched.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is a career .500 hitter (8-for-16) against Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Altuve continues to amaze, The second baseman has extended his hitting streak to 12 games (hitting .412 over that span) and is now batting .341 with an .829 OPS and 51 steals for the season. Hot bat plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter is a career .364 hitter with a pair of home runs and a 1.144 OPS versus Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Carter is having his most productive season with a career-high 33 home runs and needing just four RBI to reach the mark he set last season. He's been hot over the past two months, batting .278 with 20 HR and 48 RBI in his last 51 games. Start him.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel threw seven innings, allowed two runs on five hits, struck out three and walked two in a no-decision against the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: So Keuchel was not traded like we thought he might be at the deadline. He is stuck in Houston for now, and he has little fantasy value for now. He has gone at least seven inning in seven of his last eight starts, but he has just one victory.
Description: Orioles third baseman Jimmy Paredes is 5-for-11 in his first three games for Baltimore.
Insight: Balitmore acquired Paredes from Kansas City in July and called him up on August 28. He has hit well so far, but we don't expect him to maintain that success. He probably isn't worth picking up.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 4-for-5 and drove in the winning run as Houston defeated Texas, 3-2, on Sunday.
Insight: Altuve doubled twice off Texas starter Nick Martinez, and he hit a RBI-single in the eighth that proved to be the game winner. The second baseman extended his hitting streak to nine games and is now batting .336 with a .815 OPS.
Description: Astros right-hander Scott Feldman went the distance Saturday, giving up zero runs on three hits for his eighth win of the season.
Insight: He's simply too inconsistent for most fantasy owners, but if you only start him in front of a home crowd you will probably get a useful start out of him. He's 6-5 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.217 WHIP in 14 home starts including yesterday's complete game shutout.
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler has batted .280 with two homers, four RBI, six runs and a steal since he returned from the DL.
Insight: Fowler missed more than six weeks due to an intercostal strain. He went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday against Oakland and is batting .272 with eight homers, 28 RBI, 49 runs, seven steals and a .785 OPS this season.
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter is not in Sunday's starting lineup versus Trevor Bauer and the Indians.
Insight: No injury that we know of, though he did strike out three times Saturday night in four at-bats. The slugging outfielder has become a force over the past two months and hit his 30th home run Tuesday to go with 72 RBI.
Description: Nationals minor league third baseman Brandon Laird has been hitting the ball well this year with Triple-A Syracuse. He is batting .310 with 15 home runs and 77 RBI.
Insight: Brother of Gerald Laird, he played 25 games in big leagues this year, but Laird is in the Nationals minor league system. Even with Ryan Zimmerman is out, Anthony Rendon moved to third base, so Laird has yet to play in Washington.
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter went 2-for-4 with two homers and five RBI Tuesday night.
Insight: Carter suddenly has 28 homers, fourth most in baseball, and a .230 average because he's batted .328 with 15 homers, 36 RBI and a 1.151 OPS in his last 31 games. Nearly everything has improved for Carter in that span compared to what he did the first 73 games. He's posted a lower chase rate, higher z-contact rate, lower strikeout rate, higher line-drive rate, lower infield fly-ball rate and higher HR/FB over the past 31 games than he did the first 73.
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler (intercostal) will be activated Wednesday, according to Brian McTaggart of mlb.com.
Insight: Fowler has never played more than 143 games in a season and will barely cross 100 even if he stays healthy for the rest of this season. He's been out since late June due to an intercostal strain. Fowler will return to a .270 average, six homers, 24 RBI, 43 runs, six steals and a .774 OPS.
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler (intercostal) has three rehab games under his belt, going 3-for-8, at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Insight: Fowler has put up solid numbers when on the field (.270, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 43 runs in 76 games), but he's continuing his streak of never having played more than 143 games in a season. He should be back later this week.
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter has been hitting the long ball, but should be avoided Saturday night.
Insight: Carter is 1-for-14 with eight strikeouts versus Rangers starter Yu Darvish. The slugger is built in the Adam Dunn, Mark Reynolds mold ... a home run hitter (25) with a low average (.225) and big strikeout total (122). Avoid.
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter blasted two home runs as the Astros built a 5-1 lead.
Insight: Carter is another in the Adam Dunn, Mark Reynolds mold ... a home run hitter with a low average and big strikeout total (119). His three hits Thursday still only brought his average to .225, but he has 24 homers and 57 RBI.
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (quad) aggravated his injury while running the bases during Wednesday's rehab game, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Springer, who has been on the disabled list since July 20 with a left quad strain, was hoping to return to the Astros later this week. Manager Bo Porter said he was removed for precautionary reasons.
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (quad) will begin a rehab assignment Monday at Quad Cities.
Insight: It is expected to be a short stay in Davenport, Iowa and then on to join up with the team for their series in Philadelphia. The young phenom hit 20 homers and knocked in 51 in his first 78 games and should continue to produce through the end of the season.
Description: Astros right-hander Scott Feldman went the distance Sunday, giving up just one run on eight hits for his fifth win of the season.
Insight: It's his second consecutive one-run outing after giving up 16 runs in the previous three starts. He's simply too inconsistent for fantasy owners. Feldman was decent in 2013, but hasn't really been fantasy worthy since 2009.
Description: Two more hits for Houston second baseman Jose Altuve ... ho hum.
Insight: Actually they were a bit of a surprise as he had entered the game hitless for his career against R.A. Dickey. Altuve has surprisingly emerged as fantasy's top second baseman this year leading the league in hits (154) and stolen bases (43) along with his .339 batting average.
Description: Astros first baseman Jon Singleton went 1-for-3 with a homer, two RBI and two runs Wednesday against Oakland.
Insight: Singleton has been working on shortening his swing with hitting coach John Mallee, and Mallee said the results so far have been "absolutely amazing," according to mlb.com. The first baseman has hit .174 with eight homers, 26 RBI, 23 runs and a Chris Carter-esque 35.7 percent K rate in 196 plate appearances.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel threw a complete game four-hitter in an 8-1 win over the Athletics Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Keuchel could be a trade target for contenders and he showed how valuable he can be by shutting down one of the top offenses in the league. The left-handed ground-ball artist has a 2.97 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 104 Ks in 136 1/3 innings.
Description: Houston catcher Jason Castro has homered in two of the past three games.
Insight: Castro hit .276 with 35 doubles, 18 homers and an .835 OPS in 435 at-bats last season, but he's failed to follow that up with a fantasy-worthy campaign. He's hit .226 with 10 home runs, 40 RBI and a .679 OPS.
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter went 1-for-3 with a homer and three RBI Monday against the Athletics.
Insight: Carter has gone 23-for-75 (.307) with six doubles, eight home runs and 19 RBI in July, but with 110 Ks in 309 at-bats this season he can't be counted on for long-term production. He's hit .214 with 21 home runs, 49 RBI and a .771 OPS.
Description: Astros starter Collin McHugh (fingernail) allowed four runs and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: McHugh hadn't pitched since he left his start on July 6 after one of his fingernails ripped off. The right-hander has struck out 102 batters in 88 2/3 innings this season and has a 3.45 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel threw his best start since June 11 Friday against the Marlins.
Insight: Keuchel (9-7, 3.11 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) was due for a rough patch after starting out 8-3 with a 2.38 ERA, but it lasted longer than we would have liked. He had a 6.07 ERA over his previous five starts before holding Miami to two unearned runs over seven innings (7/0 K/BB, 9 H).
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer was out of the lineup Sunday due to soreness in his right knee and quad, but is probable for Tuesday's game against Oakland.
Insight: The 24-year-old has done everything expected of him with 20 homers and 51 RBI in 295 at-bats. We'd like to see him strike out a bit less (league-leading 114 Ks) and steal a few more bases (5), but all-in-all its been an excellent beginning to hopefully a long career.
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Power is just about the only thing the 5-foot-5 Altuve hasn't provided this season. He's batted .336 with an MLB-leading 135 hits, 30 doubles, two triples, 51 runs and 41 steals, but has just three home runs.
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer is out of the lineup Sunday due to soreness in his right knee and quad.
Insight: Springer slammed his knee into the center-field wall while making a leaping catch on July 8 and missed a game with soreness. Houston manager Bo Porter doesn't think he'll need a DL stint. The 24-year-old prospect has struck out frequently, but it's hard to say he hasn't lived up to expectations when he has 20 homers and 51 RBI in 295 at-bats.
Description: Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez could be a good low-cost fantasy option Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Dominguez has a .295 average and an .800 OPS against lefties this season, compared to a .209 average and a .580 OPS against righties. He's also gone 3-for-5 with two homers against White Sox left-hander John Danks.
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler (intercostal) is not ready to return from the DL, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Despite not having the comforts of Coors Field (career .880 OPS there) to fall back on anymore, Fowler has put up similar numbers to last season. Unfortunately, this will be the sixth straight season in which he hasn't reached the 150-game mark.
Description: Houston pitching prospect Nick Tropeano has a stunning 2.38 ERA and 0.954 WHIP pitching for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Insight: In the PCL, numbers like that don't come along very often. He's also striking out almost a batter an inning (81 in 87 IP). I'd expect him up in September and a candidate for the rotation in 2015.
Description: Houston catcher Jason Castro (left shoulder) is back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Castro is dealing with pain in his left armpit and missed his third straight game Wednesday night. Those who were hoping he would build on last season's 18 HR, 56 RBI, .836 OPS statistics have been disappointed thus far in 2014.
Description: Houston catcher Jason Castro (left shoulder) is questionable for Friday's game against Boston.
Insight: Castro is dealing with pain in his left armpit and missed his third straight game Wednesday night. Those who were hoping he would build on last season's 18 HR, 56 RBI, .836 OPS statistics have been disappointed thus far in 2014.
Description: Astros starter Collin McHugh (fingernail) will throw a bullpen session Thursday to determine if he'll be able to start Saturday against the Red Sox, according to mlb.com.
Insight: McHugh left Sunday's start after four innings after the fingernail on his right middle finger pulled away from the skin. Even if he can't start Saturday, he'll only miss one start due to the upcoming All-Star break. McHugh has been a nice surprise for the Astros this season, posting a 3.28 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 93 Ks in 82 1/3 innings.
Description: Houston DH Chris Carter went 2-for-4 with two solo homers Tuesday at Texas.
Insight: Carter (.194) has sent one to Souvenir City four times in his past four games and has 17 home runs this season. However, fantasy owners looking to ride his hot streak should think again with Yu Darvish on the hill Wednesday. Carter is 0-for-11 with seven Ks against the Rangers right-hander.
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve has a .333 lifetime average against Angels right-hander Garrett Richards (5-for-15).
Insight: Not many people have favorable numbers against the Angels' flamethrower, but Altuve's been a bit of a superman this season. Of his five hits against Richards, one was a double. We don't need to tell you Altuve is a must-start from now forward, but it'll be nice to expect some good results against a very good pitcher.