Houston Astros Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
George Springer, RFHot7/2/2015 9:42:00 AM
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).
Dallas Keuchel, SP6/30/2015 10:28:00 PM
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.
George Springer, RF6/30/2015 10:25:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer smacked a homer Tuesday versus Kansas City.
Insight: The homer was a two-run shot and Springer finished with two runs scored in the game. He is batting .263 with 13 homers and 29 RBI overall.
Jed Lowrie, SS6/30/2015 9:58:00 AM
Description: Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie (right thumb surgery) has been taking swings with a wiffle ball bat and fungo bat, but hasn't proceeded to batting practice yet.
Insight: Lowrie tore a ligament in his thumb and hasn't played since April 27. He's still weeks away from a return. He was batting .300 with four homers and 10 RBI in 18 games.
Colby Rasmus, CF6/30/2015 9:24:00 AM
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.
Evan Gattis, C6/29/2015 4:26:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gattis appears to be getting a routine day off. He's batting .235, but does have 13 homers, 47 RBI and a .707 OPS. Jon Singleton will start in his place.
Chris Carter, 1B6/29/2015 9:54:00 AM
Description: Astros 1B/DH Chris Carter is 3-for-8 (.375) against Royals starter Joe Blanton and all three hits are home runs for a 2.000 OPS.
Insight: Carter is still an all-or-nothing kind of guy with 13 homers and a .198 batting average with 102 stikeouts in 253 at-bats.
Collin McHugh, SP6/28/2015 4:57:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Collin McHugh had a strong outing in Sunday's victory against the Yankees.
Insight: McHugh allowed one run on two hits and two walks, while striking out eight over eight innings. He is now 9-3 with a 5.51 ERA.
Colby Rasmus, CF6/28/2015 12:18:00 PM
Description: Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus will remain out of the Astros lineup on Sunday.
Insight: Rasmus has a skin infection, which kept him out of Saturday's game as well. Consider him day-to-day.
Brett Oberholtzer, SP6/28/2015 8:47:00 AM
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.
Carlos Correa, SS6/27/2015 9:26:00 PM
Description: Astros prospect Carlos Correa was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer in the loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
Insight: Correa had a single and double to go with the home run. He is hitting .301 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 83 at-bats over 19 major league games.
Colby Rasmus, CF6/27/2015 2:39:00 PM
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.
Dallas Keuchel, SP6/25/2015 10:44:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel was fantastic during Thursday's win over the Yankees.
Insight: Keuchel allowed no runs on just six hits and one walk, while striking out 12. He tossed a complete game and is now 9-3 with a 2.17 ERA.
Jose Altuve, 2B6/25/2015 10:40:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve had three hits and three runs Thursday against the Yankees.
Insight: Altuve scored three of Houston's four runs and pitched in two doubles. He is batting .292 with five homers and 29 RBI.
Chris Carter, DH6/25/2015 4:52:00 PM
Description: Astros 1B/DH Chris Carter is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Carter will get the game off against the Yankees, allowing Marwin Gonzalez to get the nod at first base.
Lance McCullers, SP6/24/2015 9:02:00 PM
Description: Houstonstarter Lance McCullers allowed on run Wednesday against the Angels
Insight: McCullers went six innings and gave up four hits and three walks. He struck out six and now owns a 2.33 ERA.
George Springer, RF6/24/2015 2:04:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Insight: He is just getting the day off. Domingo Santana will start in right field.
Carlos Correa, SS6/24/2015 12:31:00 PM
Description: Astros prospect Carlos Correa went 3-for-6 with a three-run home run in the, 13-3, victory over the Angels on Tuesday.
Insight: Correa had a huge night with three hits, four RBI and three runs. He is hitting .208 with four home runs, 11 RBI and 10 runs in 65 at-bats this season.
Luis Valbuena, 3B6/24/2015 12:27:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B6/22/2015 6:47:00 PM
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.
Colby Rasmus, CF6/21/2015 7:46:00 PM
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.
George Springer, RFHot6/21/2015 7:40:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer continued his hot hitting, knocking out three more hits, including a home run.
Insight: Springer is batting .407 in 20 June games to raise his average to .284.. He has 12 home runs, 26 RBI and 38 runs an 13 steals on his way to a 20-20 season.
Preston Tucker, RF6/21/2015 3:42:00 PM
Description: Astros outfielder Preston Tucker is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Insight: This appears to be a routine day off. Tucker is hitting .257 with four home runs, 10 doubles and 15 RBI in 107 at-bats this year.
Jose Altuve, 2B6/21/2015 1:50:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is still out of the lineup.
Insight: ALtuve has missed the past few games with a sore hamstring, however, there is a chance he returns Monday. Stay tuned.
Evan Gattis, C6/21/2015 9:35:00 AM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis had two hits, including a homer, during Saturday's loss to the Mariners.
Insight: Gattis' BA will never set the world on fire, but he now has it up to .233, and along with 13 homers and 40 RBI, he continues to be a valuable asset.
Dallas Keuchel, SP6/21/2015 9:34:00 AM
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel was not his typical self Saturday versus Seattle.
Insight: Keuchel allowed five runs on five hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out seven and fell to 8-3 with a 2.35 ERA.
Jason Castro, C6/20/2015 11:23:00 AM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B6/20/2015 10:38:00 AM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B6/19/2015 9:25:00 PM
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.
Jimmy Paredes, 3B6/19/2015 7:48:00 PM
Description: Orioles infielder Jimmy Paredes is a late scratch from the starting lineup on Friday according to The Virginian-Pilot.
Insight: Baltimore has yet to provide a reason for the change, but Steve Pearce will play at second base instead of Paredes. Change your lineup accordingly.
Colby Rasmus, CF6/19/2015 6:57:00 PM
Description: Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus has been activated from the bereavement list.
Insight: Rasmus will be with the team when they start their series versus the Marines on Friday. He is hitting .250 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 168 at-bats this season.
Jake Marisnick, CF6/19/2015 9:53:00 AM
Description: Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick left Thursday's game due to a left hamstring injury and should be considered doubtful for Friday's contest.
Insight: He is hitting just .245 this season with five homers and 20 RBI, but the .674 OPS tells you all you need to know. He's not producing enough to start in fantasy outfields even when healthy.
Jose Altuve, 2B6/19/2015 9:50:00 AM
Description: After leaving Wednesday's game early and missing Thursday's contest, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve should be considered doubtful for Friday's series opener in Seattle.
Insight: 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.
Carlos Correa, SS6/18/2015 7:40:00 PM
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.
Chris Carter, DH6/18/2015 7:12:00 PM
Description: Astros 1B/DH Chris Carter went 2-for-5 for a second straight day in the, 8-4, victory over the Rockies on Thursday.
Insight: Carter also has two RBI in each of the last two days. He is batting .210 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI in 219 at-bats this season.
Preston Tucker, RF6/18/2015 7:08:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B6/18/2015 1:22:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (hamstring) tried to play Wednesday, but left after two at-bats and has been downgraded to out for Thursday's game against Colorado.
Insight: 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.
Jose Altuve, 2B6/18/2015 9:44:00 AM
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.
Luis Valbuena, 3B6/16/2015 5:46:00 PM
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.
Vincent Velasquez, SP6/16/2015 5:08:00 PM
Description: Astros pitching prospect Vincent Velasquez did not make it out of the fifth inning Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: He allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings of work. He struck out seven and now owns a 4.66 ERA overall.
Colby Rasmus, CF6/16/2015 1:33:00 PM
Description: Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus has been placed on the bereavement list.
Insight: Rasmus will be away from the team a few days due to the passing of his grandmother. Domingo Santana will start in left field on Tuesday.
George Springer, RFHot6/16/2015 9:56:00 AM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer hit a pair of homers in the, 6-3, victory over the Rockies on Monday.
Insight: Springer went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs in the victory. He has 10 home runs, 23 RBI and 33 runs while hitting .269 in 216 at-bats this season.
Colby Rasmus, CF6/16/2015 9:52:00 AM
Description: Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus hit a three-run homer in the, 6-3, victory over the Rockies on Monday.
Insight: Rasmus hit his homer in the first inning as Houston went ahead, 4-0, after one frame. Rasmus is hitting .250 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 168 at-bats this season.
Jose Altuve, 2B6/15/2015 4:44:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (hamstring) is still out for Monday's contest.
Insight: Altuve has not played since hurting his right hamstring on Friday. He remains day-to-day, but it will be nice to see him back in the lineup in the next day or two.
Luis Valbuena, SS6/14/2015 5:50:00 PM
Description: Houston third baseman Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with a home run in the, 13-0, victory over the Mariners on Sunday.
Insight: Valbuena hit a two-run homer in the fourth to put the Astros ahead, 10-0. It was his 14th bomb of the year. He, however, is hitting just .185 with 26 RBI in 211 at-bats.
Evan Gattis, C6/14/2015 5:43:00 PM
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.
Collin McHugh, SP6/13/2015 5:49:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Collin McHugh was lit up Saturday by the Mariners.
Insight: He lasted just three innings and allowed eight runs on nine hits and two walks. McHugh struck out one and now owns a 5.08 ERA overall.
Jose Altuve, 2B6/13/2015 12:53:00 AM
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.
Luis Valbuena, SS6/12/2015 11:19:00 PM
Description: Houston third baseman Luis Valbuena hit a three-run homer in the, 10-0, victory over the Mariners on Friday.
Insight: Valbuena smashed the bomb off Felix Hernandez, who Houston tagged for eight runs in the first inning. Valbuena has 13 home runs this season but is batting just .181 in 204 at-bats.
Brett Oberholtzer, SP6/12/2015 11:13:00 PM
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.
Jimmy Paredes, 3B6/12/2015 10:43:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B6/12/2015 9:09:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve left Friday's game against the Mariners with some kind of leg injury according to Roto World.
Insight: Altuve came up lame while running to first in an attempt to beat out an infield single. We should have more details on what the injury specifically is and how serious it is shortly.
Colby Rasmus, CF6/12/2015 2:24:00 PM
Description: Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus is the rare hitter with success versus Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Rasmus is a stunning 7-for-10 against King Felix and could be a nice flier for Friday.
Jimmy Paredes, 3B6/10/2015 10:50:00 AM
Description: Orioles infielder Jimmy Paredes is a career .571 hitter against Rick Porcello.
Insight: The sample size is not huge (4-for-7), but his production, must be noted. One of those hits is a homer, and Paredes has two RBI lifetime against Boston's starter.
Dallas Keuchel, SP6/10/2015 12:06:00 AM
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel had a solid start in Chicago, allowing two runs on seven hits in seven innings, but he lost his second game of the year.
Insight: Houston lost to the Chicago White Sox, 4-2. Keuchel is 7-2 with a 1.90 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 72 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings this season.
Carlos Correa, SS6/10/2015 12:03:00 AM
Description: Astros prospect Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer in the ninth, but Houston still lost, 4-2, on Tuesday.
Insight: Correa has two starts and is 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBI. Fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on this rising star.
Carlos Correa, SS6/8/2015 5:00:00 PM
Description: Astros prospect Carlos Correa is batting sixth in his MLB debut.
Insight: Monitor his progress, as Correa is one of the top prospects out there.
Jason Castro, C6/8/2015 4:54:00 PM
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.
Colby Rasmus, CF6/8/2015 4:50:00 PM
Description: Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus is out for Monday's contest.
Insight: He is getting a routine day off against lefty Chris Sale. Jonathan Villar will get the start in left.
Carlos Correa, SS6/7/2015 8:55:00 PM
Description: Astros prospect Carlos Correa has been promoted from Triple-A Fresno.
Insight: Correa was the top overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. He should play almost everyday at shortstop, and he will be a relevant player in all leagues moving forward.
Evan Gattis, C6/7/2015 4:25:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B6/6/2015 5:34:00 PM
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.
Roberto Hernandez, SP6/5/2015 9:12:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Roberto Hernandez allowed six runs Friday versus Toronto.
Insight: Hernandez went 5 2/3 innings and gave up nine hits and two walks, while striking out one. He has an ugly 5.32 ERA this season.
Dallas Keuchel, SP6/4/2015 5:28:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel allowed two runs Thursday against the Orioles.
Insight: He took a no-decision and went six innings, allowing two runs and one walk. Keuchel struck out seven and has a very solid 1.85 ERA.
Jason Castro, C6/4/2015 11:43:00 AM
Description: Astros catcher Jason Castro returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday, but will sit on Thursday.
Insight: Castro is hitting .227 with five home runs and 12 RBI in 135 at-bats this season.
George Springer, RFHot6/4/2015 10:35:00 AM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer is 5-for-9 (.556) with a home run against Baltimore's Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: After an ugly April (.200, .665 OPS) Springer improved in May (.247, .863 OPS) and is even better in June (.364, 1.053 OPS). We like where this is headed.
Chris Carter, DH6/3/2015 10:22:00 PM
Description: Astros 1B/DH Chris Carter smacked two homers Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Carter is hitting just .205 this year, but does have 10 homers and 29 RBI overall.
Colby Rasmus, CF6/3/2015 4:46:00 PM
Description: Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's contest.
Insight: Just a normal day of rest for Rasmus. Preston Tucker will man left field.
Jason Castro, C6/3/2015 4:45:00 PM
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.
Collin McHugh, SP6/2/2015 10:56:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Collin McHugh picked up a win Tuesday versus Baltimore.
Insight: He allowed four runs on six hits and two walks. McHugh struck out six over seven innings and is now 6-2 with a 4.33 ERA.
Evan Gattis, C6/2/2015 10:55:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis went 2-for-4 with his 12th homer of the season.
Insight: It was a three-run shot, and Gattis has really picked up his game of late. He is batting .237 with 12 homers and 36 RBI overall.
Jason Castro, C6/2/2015 9:28:00 PM
Description: Astros catcher Jason Castro could pinch hit on Tuesday despite not starting according to MLB.com.
Insight: Castro is getting the night off after he took a ball off his right knee, but he is available off the bench. Castro is hitting .227 with five home runs and 12 RBI in 132 at-bats this season.
Jason Castro, C6/2/2015 10:03:00 AM
Description: Astros catcher Jason Castro left Monday's game versus the Orioles with a bruised right knee and id doubtful for Tuesday's contest.
Insight: Castro took a pitch off the knee in the fifth inning. Hank Conger figures to start, but with his .170 batting average doesn't provide much production.
Evan Gattis, C6/1/2015 11:26:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis had a two-run single to help Houston beat Baltimore, 5-2, on Monday.
Insight: Gattis hit his two-run single in the seventh to extend the Astros lead to three. He was 1-for-4 in the game. Gattis is hitting .231 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 182 at-bats this season.
Roberto Hernandez, SP5/31/2015 4:46:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Roberto Hernandez allowed four earned runs Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Hernandez gave up five total runs on eight hits and one walk over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two and now owns a 4.92 ERA.
Colby Rasmus, CF5/31/2015 11:31:00 AM
Description: Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's contest.
Insight: Just a normal day of rest for Rasmus. Preston Tucker will man left field.
Dallas Keuchel, SP5/30/2015 6:47:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel rebounded from his first loss.
Insight: He defeated the White Sox by throwing a four-hit shutout. Keuchel struck out 11 and is now 7-1 with a 1.76 ERA.
Evan Gattis, C5/30/2015 6:37:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis raised his average to .230 after a 2-for-4 outing, Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: One of those hits a homer, and Gattis now has 11 home runs and 31 RBI on the year. He needs to be active everywhere.
Jason Castro, C5/29/2015 4:43:00 PM
Description: Astros catcher Jason Castro is not in the starting lineup on Friday against the White Sox.
Insight: Castro is getting the day off. Hank Conger will start behind the plate.
Brett Oberholtzer, SP5/29/2015 4:08:00 PM
Description: Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer (blister) is expected to return to the starting rotation on Monday against Baltimore.
Insight: Oberholtzer, who has made just one start this season, will take Scott Feldman's (knee) spot in the rotation.
Evan Gattis, C5/27/2015 9:04:00 PM
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.
Jimmy Paredes, 3B5/26/2015 10:05:00 PM
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.
Scott Feldman, SP5/26/2015 10:03:00 PM
Description: Astros pitcher Scott Feldman pitched very well, throwing six innings and allowing just one run on four hits in the, 4-1, victory over the Orioles on Tuesday.
Insight: Feldman did, however, walk three batters and struck out just two. He is now 4-4 with a 4.80 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in 60 innings.
Jake Marisnick, CF5/26/2015 4:02:00 PM
Description: Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is not in the lineup for Tuesday's contest.
Insight: He is hitting just .189 during the month of May, and has been given a few days off over the past couple of weeks. Colby Rasmus will start in center, with Preston Parker playing left.
Dallas Keuchel, SP5/25/2015 4:12:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel took his first loss of the season Monday against the Orioles.
Insight: Keuchel allowed four runs on six hits and one walk over 7 2/3 innings of work. He struck out two and is now 6-1 with a 1.99 ERA.
George Springer, RF5/25/2015 10:45:00 AM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer is once again batting leadoff on Monday.
Insight: Springer has been batting better of late (.333 over the last six games) and will see more at-bats, but he won't get the RBI opportunities in the top spot.
Preston Tucker, RF5/24/2015 5:11:00 PM
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.
Evan Gattis, C5/24/2015 5:09:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the, 10-8, victory over the Tigers on Sunday.
Insight: Gattis tripled in the first inning to score two runs and then homered to lead off the sixth. Gattis has nine bombs and 28 RBI in 154 at-bats, but he is also just hitting .201 this year.
Jose Altuve, 2B5/24/2015 11:14:00 AM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is getting the day off on Sunday.
Insight: Marwin Gonzalez is starting at second base for the Astros on Sunday. Altuve is hitting .294 with five home runs, 25 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 180 at-bats this season.
Luke Gregerson, RP5/23/2015 7:14:00 PM
Description: Astros relief pitcher Luke Gregerson picked up his 11th save of the season on Saturday.
Insight: Gregerson struck out J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes, then induced a groundout from Nick Castellanos. Gregerson has 11 saves, one blown save, 3.86 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 18 2/3 innings.
Chris Carter, DH5/23/2015 7:10:00 PM
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the, 3-2, victory over the Tigers on Saturday.
Insight: Carter scored the game-winning run in the sixth on Marwin Gonzalez's single. Despite the nice day, Carter is hitting just .168 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 143 at-bats this season.
Jake Marisnick, CF5/22/2015 4:26:00 PM
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.
Evan Gattis, C5/20/2015 5:30:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis blasted his eighth homer of the season.
Insight: It was his lone hit in three at-bats. Gattis also walked and is now hitting .196 with 24 RBI so far this season.
Dallas Keuchel, SP5/20/2015 5:24:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel did not allow an earned run Wednesday against the Athletics.
Insight: Keuchel allowed one unearned run on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. He has an impressive 1.67 ERA overall.
Roberto Hernandez, SP5/19/2015 11:43:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Roberto Hernandez won his second game of the season on Tuesday against the Athletics.
Insight: Hernandez pitched six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. He also struck out three and walked two. He is 2-3 with a 3.99 ERA this season.
Jason Castro, C5/19/2015 11:40:00 PM
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.
Jimmy Paredes, 3B5/19/2015 9:52:00 PM
Description: Orioles infielder Jimmy Paredes smashed a homer during Tuesday's win over Seattle.
Insight: Paredes went 2-for-5 with four RBI. He is now hitting a solid .346 with 22 RBI this season.
Jake Marisnick, CF5/19/2015 4:38:00 PM
Description: Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is not in the lineup for Tuesday's contest.
Insight: Just a routine day of rest. Colby Rasmus will be in center, with Preston Tucker getting the call in left.
Lance McCullers Jr., SP5/19/2015 9:35:00 AM
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.
Colby Rasmus, CF5/18/2015 5:27:00 PM
Description: Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus is not in the starting lineup on Monday versus the Athletics.
Insight: The lefty Rasmus is sitting against left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz. Preston Tuckers is starting in left field on Monday for Houston.
Evan Gattis, C5/16/2015 9:52:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis smacked a homer Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: Gattis finished 2-for-4 with the homer and two RBI. He is hitting just .194, but does have nine home runs and 20 RBI on the year.
Jake Marisnick, CF5/16/2015 6:02:00 PM
Description: Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is not in the lineup for Saturday's contest.
Insight: Same goes for catcher Jason Castro, as each are getting a routine day of rest. Hank Conger is starting behind the plate Colby Rasmus will be in center field.
Jason Castro, C5/16/2015 4:04:00 PM
Description: Astros catcher Jason Castro is not in the starting lineup on Saturday versus the Blue Jays.
Insight: Castro will be back in the lineup on Sunday. Hank Conger is behind the plate and will bat eighth on Saturday.
Dallas Keuchel, SP5/15/2015 10:53:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B5/14/2015 11:02:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk in the, 6-4, victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday.
Insight: Altuve scored in the first and sixth. He also had two stolen bases. He is hitting .333/.386/.479 with four home runs, 21 RBI and 19 runs in 144 at-bats this season.
Jose Altuve, 2B5/14/2015 10:57:00 PM
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.
Jason Castro, C5/12/2015 11:02:00 PM
Description: Astros catcher Jason Castro hit a solo bomb for Houston's only run on Tuesday as the Giants beat the Astros, 8-1.
Insight: Castro was 1-for-3 in the game. He is hitting .224/.295/.388 with three home runs, six RBI, and 10 runs in 85 at-bats.
Luke Gregerson, RP5/12/2015 4:18:00 PM
Description: Astros RP Luke Gregerson has been activated from the family medical emergency list.
Insight: He has been out since Friday, but is ready to roll. Gregerson has seven saves and a 2.57 ERA overall.
Scott Feldman, SP5/10/2015 6:12:00 PM
Description: Astros pitcher Scott Feldman allowed three runs Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: Feldman went seven innings allowing six hits and one walk. He struck out five and now has a 5.23 ERA.
Evan Gattis, C5/10/2015 2:27:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis is not in Sunday's starting lineup versus the Angels.
Insight: Gattis is 0-for-11 in the last three games, so he is just getting a breather. Gattis is hitting just .185 but he does have six home runs and 18 RBI.
Jose Altuve, 2B5/10/2015 9:36:00 AM
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.
Dallas Keuchel, SP5/10/2015 9:30:00 AM
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.
Luke Gregerson, RP5/8/2015 6:05:00 PM
Description: Astros RP Luke Gregerson has been placed on the family medical emergency list.
Insight: The Astros have not said how much time he will miss or what the issue is. We hope everything is okay with Gregerson and his family. Chad Qualls will likely fill in at closer for time being.
George Springer, RF5/7/2015 9:55:00 AM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer has been placed on the seven-day concussion list.
Insight: Springer ran hard into the wall on Tuesday, banging his head and shoulder. Springer will have to pass all of the concussion protocol before returning to the field.
George Springer, RF5/6/2015 4:17:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer is not in Houston's starting lineup on Wednesday versus the Rangers.
Insight: Springer ran hard into the wall on Tuesday, banging his head and shoulder. Springer will have to undergo the concussion protocol before returning to the field.
Scott Feldman, SP5/5/2015 10:53:00 PM
Description: Astros pitcher Scott Feldman allowed six runs over just three innings of work during Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.
Insight: Feldman allowed nine hits and one walk while striking out two. He now has a 5.50 ERA this season.
Colby Rasmus, CF5/5/2015 10:54:00 AM
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.
Dallas Keuchel, SP5/4/2015 11:02:00 PM
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.
Evan Gattis, C5/3/2015 4:55:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis had a big game Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: He smacked two homers and had four RBI. WHile Gattis is hitting just .198, he does have six homers and 17 RBI overall.
Roberto Hernandez, SP5/3/2015 4:46:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Roberto Hernandez gave up five runs over six innings Sunday against the Mariners.
Insight: He allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out one. Hernandez now owns a 4.25 ERA overall.
Jose Altuve, 2B5/2/2015 9:46:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve had a three-run homer Saturday versus Seattle.
Insight: It was his lone hit in fout at-bats. Altuve is hitting .371 with three homers and 19 RBI this year.
Jose Altuve, 2B4/30/2015 11:34:00 PM
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).
Jed Lowrie, SS4/30/2015 6:20:00 PM
Description: Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie (right thumb surgery) has been taking swings with a wiffle ball bat and fungo bat, but hasn't proceeded to batting practice yet.
Insight: Lowrie tore a ligament in his thumb and hasn't played since April 27. He's still weeks away from a return. He was batting .300 with four homers and 10 RBI in 18 games.
Jose Altuve, 2B4/29/2015 6:23:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the, 7-2, victory over the Padres on Wednesday.
Insight: Altuve had a sacrifice fly in the third to drive in the first run and then an RBI-double in the ninth. Altuve is hitting .355 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 93 at-bats this season.
Dallas Keuchel, SP4/29/2015 6:20:00 PM
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.
Evan Gattis, C4/29/2015 1:33:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis is getting another day off on Wednesday.
Insight: He played one game in left field, but will return to the bench on Wednesday against San Diego. Gattis will return to DH role once Houston returns to playing AL teams.
Jose Altuve, 2B4/29/2015 9:33:00 AM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve had four hits Tuesday versus San Diego.
Insight: He had two doubles, two runs, one RBI, and a stolen base in six at-bats. Altuve is batting .348 with 13 RBI.
Jake Marisnick, CF4/28/2015 6:58:00 PM
Description: Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game versus San Diego.
Insight: Evan Gattis will get his first start in the field this season, giving Marisnick a little rest.
Jed Lowrie, SS4/28/2015 6:29:00 PM
Description: Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He is dealing with a right thumb injury. Jonathan Villar and Marwin Gonzalez will split time and fill in at short.
Evan Gattis, C4/27/2015 7:20:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis will not play on Monday.
Insight: With Houston playing in San Diego, the Astros do not have the DH available. Gattis will be ready as a potential pinch-hitter.
Jimmy Paredes, 3BHot4/27/2015 3:28:00 PM
Description: Orioles infielder Jimmy Paredes is pounding the ball and fantasy owners should be looking at him to help their offense.
Insight: Paredes is batting .429 with three homers and a 1.302 OPS through eight games. He's played once at 2B once at 3B and the rest of the games at DH.
Evan Gattis, C4/26/2015 8:02:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis came up big Sunday against the Athletics.
Insight: With Houston down 6-5 in the ninth with two outs, Gattis roped an RBI double which ended up being the game-winning hit. He finished with two hits and four RBI in five at-bats.
Asher Wojciechowski, SP4/26/2015 5:55:00 PM
Description: Houston pitcher Asher Wojciechowski allowed five runs versus Oakland on Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Wojciechowski is not a relevant option. He pitched four innings and allowed five hits and two walks while striking out four. He now has a 7.31 ERA.
George Springer, RF4/25/2015 7:41:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer was 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the, 9-3, victory over the Athletics on Saturday.
Insight: Springer also had a double and scored on Jed Lowrie's single in the fifth. Perhaps this will get Springer going because he is hitting just .200 with two home runs and six RBI this season.
Jose Altuve, 2B4/25/2015 7:28:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in the, 9-3, victory over the Athletics on Saturday.
Insight: Altuve hit the three-run bomb in the second as Houston scored the first eight runs of the game. Altuve is hitting .315 with two home runs and 11 RBI this season.
Jose Altuve, 2B4/24/2015 1:47:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is 11-for-22 with four extra-base hits and a couple of steals versus Oakland southpaw Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Altuve is off to an average start, hitting .297 with three extra-base hits, eight RBI and five stolen bases in 59 at-bats this season. We expect more.
Jose Altuve, 2B4/22/2015 9:56:00 AM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2BHot4/21/2015 11:08:00 AM
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.
Marwin Gonzalez, IF4/20/2015 1:37:00 PM
Description: Astros infielder Marwin Gonzalez could get a rare start on Monday.
Insight: If he does, be prepared to jump on the opportunity as he's 7-for-12 (.583) with a couple of extra-base hits versis Seattle's scheduled starter Hisashi Iwakuma.
Jose Altuve, 2B4/19/2015 6:18:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a caught stealing in the, 4-3, victory over the Angels on Sunday.
Insight: Altuve did score a run in the third inning as well. He is hitting .320 in 50 at-bats this season.
Dallas Keuchel, SP4/18/2015 9:43:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel pitched very well Saturday against the Angels.
Insight: He went six innings and allowed no runs on just two hits and three walks. Keuchel has an impressive 0.90 ERA this season.
Evan Gattis, C4/17/2015 11:29:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis had two hits in the loss to the Angels on Friday.
Insight: Gattis is off to a very slow start, so it is nice to see him get two hits. Even with the pair of hits, Gattis is hitting .139 this season.
Brad Peacock, RP4/14/2015 10:47:00 AM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B4/13/2015 11:21:00 AM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is 9-for-19 (.474) against Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Altuve is also 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts. We're still waiting for Altuve to show up this season as he's batting just .192 for the fix six games.
Dallas Keuchel, SP4/12/2015 6:15:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel had his second straight quality start.
Insight: He did not get the win, but Keuchel went seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three. He has a 1.29 ERA through two starts this season.
Jose Altuve, 2B4/12/2015 9:30:00 AM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was 2-for-4 with a RBI and walk on Saturday against the Rangers.
Insight: Altuve actually walked in a run for his RBI. He is off to a slow start, hitting .200 in the first week.
Jed Lowrie, SS4/10/2015 8:34:00 PM
Description: Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie hit a home run for the second consecutive game.
Insight: He took Derek Holland deep in the first and finished 1-for-4 on the day. It was also Lowrie's second RBI through four games.
Jose Altuve, 2B4/6/2015 9:50:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went just 1-for-4 on Opening Day, but did do a little bit of everything in the, 2-0, victory over the Indians.
Insight: Altuve had a single in the sixth with two outs, stole second and then scored on George Springer's single. Altuve finished with one hit, stolen base, run and strikeout.
Dallas Keuchel, SP4/6/2015 9:44:00 PM
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.
Luke Gregerson, RP3/31/2015 4:50:00 PM
Description: Astros RP Luke Gregerson will open up the season as the team's closer.
Insight: Gregerson could be an underrated option. He had a 2.12 ERA in 72 1/3 innings last season with Oakland.
Dan Straily, SP3/23/2015 2:12:00 PM
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.
Evan Gattis, C3/21/2015 11:20:00 AM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis (wrist) took batting practice on Sunday.
Insight: He is continuing to trend in the right direction, in regards to be ready for Opening Day.
Evan Gattis, C3/17/2015 4:41:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis has yet to begin swinging since injuring his wrist.
Insight: He started feeling discomfort over the weekend, but Houston is reportedly just being cautious with him. Gattis is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Mark Appel, SP3/9/2015 2:25:00 PM
Description: Astros prospect Mark Appel, the 2013 No. 1 overall pick, is suffering from forearm tightness and will not pitch Monday.
Insight: Appel has no fantasy value for this season, but in a dynasty league he's going to get chosen as a right-hander with a big future and a strikeout per inning stuff.
George Springer, RF11/11/2014 3:30:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B9/28/2014 6:05:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B9/28/2014 9:57:00 AM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B9/26/2014 10:50:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B9/21/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve continues his pursuit of the AL batting title.
Insight: He had two more hits today, and one RBI. While he will not win it, Altuve should at least be in the discssion for AL MVP honors.
Collin McHugh, SP9/21/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Collin McHugh has been on fire of late.
Insight: He is now 4-0 over his past four starts and 11-9 overall in 2014. His 2.73 ERA is impressive, and makes for something nice for the Astros to look forward to in 2015.
Jose Altuve, 2B9/21/2014 10:13:00 AM
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.
Collin McHugh, SPHot9/21/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Astros starter Collin McHugh will be a nice fantasy option Sunday afternoon.
Insight: He is 3-0 with a 0.81 ERA and 0.49 WHIP over his past three starts, and is 10-9 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.03 WHIP overall. Not too shabby.
Chris Carter, DH9/20/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter smacked his 37th homer of the year in Saturdays win over Seattle.
Insight: He has a weak average at .234, but his power is undeniable. Carter is now second in the AL in homers, with an impressive 87 RBI, with just over a week left in the 2014 season.
Dallas Keuchel, SP9/20/2014 9:58:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B9/20/2014 10:12:00 AM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2BHot9/16/2014 11:55:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was 2-for-5 on Tuesday against the Indians and past Craig Biggio for the Astros' record for hits in a single season.
Insight: He has 211 hits with a week and a half 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.
George Springer, RF9/16/2014 6:00:00 PM
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.
Collin McHugh, SP9/16/2014 9:23:00 AM
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.
Collin McHugh, SPHot9/15/2014 12:10:00 PM
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).
Jose Altuve, 2BHot9/14/2014 10:22:00 AM
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.
Marwin Gonzalez, IF9/10/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Astros infielder Marwin Gonzalez is 7-for-12 (.583) with a couple of extra-base hits versis Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: Gonzalez is batting .268 with six homers, 22 RBI, 31 runs and a .709 OPS in limited playing time (265 at-bats). This appears to be a nice spot for a one-time flier.
Jose Altuve, 2BHot9/8/2014 12:23:00 PM
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.
Dexter Fowler, CF9/8/2014 11:43:00 AM
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.
Chad Qualls, RP9/6/2014 8:45:00 PM
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.
Scott Feldman, SP9/6/2014 6:59:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2BHot9/6/2014 10:52:00 AM
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.
Chris Carter, DH9/5/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter is a career .417 hitter with a pair of home runs and a 1.545 OPS versus Oakland right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Carter is having his most productive season with a career-high 35 home runs and 82 RBI. He's been hot over the past two months. Start him.
Chris Carter, DHHot9/2/2014 10:19:00 AM
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.
Dallas Keuchel, SP8/31/2014 9:46:00 PM
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.
Jimmy Paredes, 3B8/31/2014 9:06:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B8/31/2014 8:10:00 PM
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.
Scott Feldman, SP8/31/2014 8:52:00 AM
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.
Chris Carter, DHHot8/26/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter has homered in each of the last two games and driven in five runs in that span.
Insight: Carter went 2-for-24 with 13 strikeouts before getting a day off Sunday, but he now has 11 homers and 28 RBI in August and 19 homers with 47 RBI since July 4 (44 games).
Dexter Fowler, CF8/26/2014 10:55:00 PM
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.
George Springer, RF8/25/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (quad) could be activated for Houston's series against the Angels on Sept. 2-3, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Springer has already been out more than a month due to a left quad strain. He last played on July 19.
Jose Altuve, 2B8/25/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve leads the majors in base hits, but he's struggled against Oakland starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Altuve is just 4-for-18 (.222) versus the hard-throwing right-hander and has just one multi-hit game in the last six contests. It's one of those rare days to avoid using Altuve.
Chris Carter, DHHot8/24/2014 11:40:00 AM
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.
Jonathan Singleton, 1B8/22/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Astros first baseman Jon Singleton went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer Friday at Cleveland.
Insight: Singleton has hit 12 homers and driven in 246 a-bats, but the good power numbers have come with a .187 average, a .664 OPS and 99 Ks.
Chris Carter, DHHot8/21/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter hit two home runs in three at-bats versus Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy the last time they met.
Insight: The former all-or-nothing outfielder has become a force over the past two months, batting .299 with 17 HR, 42 RBI and a 1.020 OPS, since July 1.
Chad Qualls, RP8/20/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: Astros closer Chad Qualls was unavailable Wednesday against the Yankees due to minor back discomfort, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Qualls has been solid for the Astros, saving 14 games in 17 chances and recording a 3.14 ERA. Jose Veras converted a save Wednesday.
Chris Carter, DHHot8/19/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter hit a three-run homer off Yankees closer David Robertson to break a 4-4 tie Tuesday night.
Insight: Since July 4, Carter has hit 17 homers and driven in 42 runs in 37 games. He's batted .317 in that span.
Brandon Laird, 3B8/19/2014 2:53:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2BHot8/17/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve blasted his first career grand slam to blow this game open early.
Insight: Altuve knocked out three more hits besides the long ball and leads the majors with 173 hits and is second with 46 steals this season.
Brett Oberholtzer, SPHot8/13/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer threw seven innings and allowed one run on six hits Wednesday in a no decision against the Twins.
Insight: Oberholtzer had a 5.68 ERA when he went to the minors in early May, but he's recorded a 2.83 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in 10 starts since he was recalled.
Chris Carter, DHHot8/13/2014 12:49:00 PM
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.
Dexter Fowler, CF8/12/2014 5:38:00 PM
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.
George Springer, RF8/12/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (quad) will rest another two weeks, according to Brian McTaggart of mlb.com.
Insight: Springer has been on the disabled list since July 20 with a left quad strain and he aggravated the injury last week.
Dexter Fowler, CF8/11/2014 10:47:00 AM
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.
George Springer, RF8/11/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (quad) took batting practice and was in the outfield shagging flies, but did not returned to the lineup over the weekend.
Insight: Springer, who has been on the disabled list since July 20 with a left quad strain, should return sometime this week. He's hit 20 HR and knocked in 51 in just 78 games.
Jose Altuve, 2B8/10/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve (neck) is in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Altuve left Friday's game with neck discomfort and sat out Saturday. He leads the majors with 158 hits and is second with 45 steals this season.
Jose Altuve, 2B8/9/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve left Friday's game with neck discomfort and was not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Altuve leads the majors with 158 hits and he's second with 45 steals, so fantasy owners can't afford to lose him.
Chris Carter, DH8/9/2014 11:20:00 AM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B 8/8/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve left Friday's game with neck discomfort, according to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Altuve leads the majors with 158 hits and he's second with 45 steals, so fantasy owners can't afford to lose him.
Chris Carter, DHHot8/7/2014 10:12:00 PM
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.
George Springer, RF8/6/2014 10:27:00 PM
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.
George Springer, RF8/5/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (quad) could be back as early as Thursday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Springer, who has been on the disabled list since July 20 with a left quad strain, began his rehab assignment Monday.
George Springer, RF8/4/2014 10:17:00 AM
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.
Scott Feldman, SP8/3/2014 5:13:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2BHot8/2/2014 10:06:00 PM
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.
Chris Carter, DHHot8/2/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter went 3-for-4 with his 22nd home run in Saturday night's game against Toronto. He also stole a base.
Insight: Carter is never going to be a high-average hitter, but he has batted .292 over the past four weeks with seven homers and 16 RBI.
George Springer, RF8/2/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (quad) is expected to return to the diamond on Tuesday against the Phillies, according to manager Bo Porter.
Insight: 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.
Jose Altuve, 2B8/2/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve is hitless in 10 at-bats versus knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Altuve has surprisingly emerged as fantasy's top second baseman this year, batting .339 with four homers, 33 RBI, 57 runs and 43 steals. It appears, however, that he can't hit a knuckleball.
Jonathan Singleton, 1B7/30/2014 5:00:00 PM
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.
Dallas Keuchel, SP7/30/2014 4:50:00 PM
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.
George Springer, RF7/29/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (quad) took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since he landed on the disabled list, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Springer is eligible to return from the disabled list on Aug. 4 and even if he's not ready to go on that date he should be able to return soon after that.
Dexter Fowler, CF7/29/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler (intercostal) has yet to swing a bat or pick up a baseball.
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.
Jason Castro, C 7/28/2014 11:05:00 PM
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.
Chris Carter, DHHot7/28/2014 11:03:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2BHot7/27/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve hit his second home run in seven games Sunday against Miami.
Insight: Altuve went 3-for-4 and leads the majors with 148 hits and a .344 average. He also stole his 42nd base Sunday. Altuve has surprisingly emerged as fantasy's top second baseman this year.
Collin McHugh, SP7/27/2014 5:15:00 PM
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.
Dallas Keuchel, SP7/25/2014 11:12:00 PM
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).
George Springer, RF7/25/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer has yet to do any exercises on his injured left quad since he went on the disabled list. SOURCE: Jose de Jesus Ortiz, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Springer is eligible to return from the disabled list on Aug. 4, but he needs to start making some progress if he's going to make it back by then.
Jose Altuve, 2B7/24/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Houston second baseman Jose Altuve is a career .091 hitter (1-for-11) versus Oakland starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: The diminutive Altuve still leads the AL in hits (139), stolen bases (41) and batting average (.337), but this is an unfavorable matchup.
George Springer, RF7/23/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (knee/quad) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Springer had a collision with the outfield wall before the All-Star break and is still dealing with discomfort.
George Springer, RF7/22/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (knee/quad) is out again Tuesday, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Springer had a collision with the outfield wall before the All-Star break and is still dealing with discomfort.
Jose Altuve, 2BHot7/22/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Houston second baseman Jose Altuve is a career .462 hitter (6-for-13) versus Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: The 5-foot-5 Altuve leads the AL in hits (135), stolen bases (41) and batting average (.336).
George Springer, RF7/21/2014 10:38:00 AM
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.
Chris Carter, DHHot7/20/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter has batted .306 with six home runs in July.
Insight: Carter also struck out 17 times in 49 at-bats during that span and 104 times in 283 at-bats this season. He's hitting .205 with 19 home runs and 41 RBI.
Jose Altuve, 2BHot7/20/2014 5:55:00 PM
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.
Matt Dominguez, 3B7/20/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and four RBI Sunday at Chicago.
Insight: Dominguez has been very good against lefties this season (.303, 7 2B, 5 HR) and is now 5-for-8 with three home runs against John Danks.
George Springer, RF7/20/2014 12:56:00 PM
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.
Matt Dominguez, 3B 7/20/2014 12:47:00 PM
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.
Dexter Fowler, CF7/17/2014 4:56:00 PM
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.
Nick Tropeano, SPHot7/15/2014 2:18:00 PM
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.
George Springer, RF7/11/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: The Astros announced they scratched George Springer from Friday's lineup due to right knee discomfort.
Insight: Springer slammed his knee into the center-field wall while making a leaping catch Thursday.
George Springer, RF7/11/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: The Astros have scratched right fielder George Springer from Friday's lineup.
Insight: Springer collided with the outfield wall Thursday and is dealing with general soreness, according to Howard Chen of csnhouston.com.
Jason Castro, CCold7/11/2014 5:22:00 PM
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.
Jason Castro, CCold7/10/2014 10:15:00 AM
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.
Collin McHugh, SP7/9/2014 9:57:00 PM
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.
Jason Castro, CCold7/9/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: Houston catcher Jason Castro (shoulder) is out of the lineup again Wednesday against the Rangers, according to Brian McTaggart of mlb.com.
Insight: Castro is dealing with pain in his left armpit and will miss his third straight game.
Chris Carter, DH7/9/2014 1:15:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B7/9/2014 1:14:00 PM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve leads the majors with 126 hits and the AL with a .341 average, but he's a career .118 hitter against Rangers starter Yu Darvish.
Insight: Altuve has gone 2-for-17 with five Ks against Darvish, who will oppose the Astros on Wednesday night.
Jose Altuve, 2B7/5/2014 11:24:00 AM
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.
Dallas Keuchel, SP7/4/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel is probable for Friday's scheduled start against the LA Angels while dealing with left wrist inflammation.
Insight: He lost his last two starts after putting together a string of seven starts without yielding more than three earned runs, winning six of them.

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