Houston Astros Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Morton (13-7) allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out five across seven innings to earn the win Saturday against the Angels.
Impact: Morton fired six shutout innings before allowing a solo homer in the seventh inning, but the offense had already provided him with a five-run lead, and he was easily able to cruise to his 13th victory of the season. He's been hot throughout the month of September, as he's allowed just six earned runs over four starts to lower his ERA from 3.88 to 3.63, and he's been an excellent source of fantasy production down the stretch. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Red Sox.
News: Gattis went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer Saturday against the Angels.
Impact: Gattis smashed his 12th home run of the season to break open a 1-0 game to help lead the Astros to a divisional victory. Although he's been a part-time player, he's an excellent option in leagues that allow daily lineup changes, as his .264 batting average and .463 slugging percentage are extremely useful at the catcher position.
News: Bregman will hit leadoff in Saturday's game against the Angels.
Impact: George Springer has been in the leadoff spot for all but one game since Aug. 14, but he'll sit Saturday, giving Bregman a chance to hit atop the order for the second time this season.
News: Beltran is not in the lineup Saturday for the second straight day.
Impact: Beltran has gone 13-for-38 (.342) in his career against Angels starter Bud Norris, but the Astros are giving several of their regulars the day off Saturday and want Beltran to be fresh for the postseason.
News: McCann is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels.
Impact: McCann is hitting well this month, posting an .815 OPS, but with the division in hand for the Astros, he'll get ample rest down the stretch. Evan Gattis will get the nod behind the plate in McCann's place.
News: Springer is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels.
Impact: Several Astros regulars will get a day off Saturday, which isn't necessarily a bad thing for Springer, who is 0-for-12 over his last three games. Cameron Maybin will patrol center field Saturday in Springer's place.
News: Altuve is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels.
Impact: Manager A.J. Hinch is giving several of his top players the day off Saturday, and Altuve is included in that group. Marwin Gonzalez will man the keystone in Altuve's place.
News: Reddick (back) will not play Saturday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: This should have been expected given that Reddick exited Friday's game with what manager A.J. Hinch described as "a little bit of back pain." Hinch indicated Reddick was going to have a scheduled day off Saturday and downplayed the injury. The Astros will evaluate him Saturday to determine the next step.
News: Chris Devenski did not allow a hit or walk in 1.0 scoreless inning as the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Friday. Devenski struck out one, ending the game with a 2.64 ERA and 0.92 WHIP on the season.
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News: Ken Giles recorded his 33rd save, allowing no runs on one hit in 1.0 inning, as the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Friday. Giles did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 2.37 ERA and 1.04 WHIP on the season.
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News: Evan Gattis went 0 for 3 Friday as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0. He ended the game with a .264 batting average.
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News: Yuli Gurriel went 1 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs Friday as the Houston Astros topped the Los Angeles Angels 3-0. The homer was his 18th of the season. He ended the game with a .299 batting average.
Impact: Gurriel enabled Justin Verlander to improve to 4-0 in a Houston uniform with a three-run blast in the seventh inning that finally ended a scoreless stalemate. The Cuban veteran is locked in at the moment, having gone 9 for 17 with four extra-base hits and five RBIs during a five-game hitting streak.
News: Josh Reddick went 1 for 2 with a double Friday before leaving the Astros' 3-0 win over the Angels in the fifth inning with lower back discomfort. He ended the game with a .317 batting average.
Impact: Reddick, who is batting a torrid .418 (23 for 55) with 14 RBIs over his last 15 home games and sports a .350 average at Minute Maid Park this season, was not in Saturday's lineup.
News: Jose Altuve went 1 for 3 Friday as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0. Altuve scored once and stole a base. He ended the game with a .346 batting average.
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News: Alex Bregman went 0 for 2 Friday as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0. Bregman scored once. He ended the game with a .279 batting average.
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News: George Springer went 0 for 4 Friday as the Houston Astros topped the Los Angeles Angels 3-0. He ended the game with a .284 batting average.
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News: Derek Fisher went 0 for 2 Friday as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0. He ended the game with a .216 batting average.
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News: Brian McCann went 0 for 3 Friday as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0. He ended the game with a .242 batting average.
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News: Marwin Gonzalez went 0 for 2 Friday as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0. He ended the game with a .292 batting average.
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News: Justin Verlander improved to 14-8, allowing one hit and two walks over 7.0 scoreless innings, as the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Friday. Verlander struck out six, ending the game with a 3.38 ERA and 1.18 WHIP on the season.
Impact: Houston's late-August pickup of the longtime Tigers ace is looking like it could be the move of the year. In four starts since the trade, Verlander has permitted a mere two runs and 11 hits with 32 strikeouts in 28 innings while winning each of those outings. Going back a little further, he's 6-0 with a splendid 1.10 ERA over his last seven assignments.
News: Verlander (14-8) pitched seven scoreless innings with just a hit and two walks allowed while striking out six batters to take the win against the Angels on Friday.
Impact: The veteran righty has now won all four of his starts as an Astro while allowing just two runs through 28 innings. It's an impressive stretch for Verlander, and he could prove to be the high-end arm that puts Houston over the top in the postseason. He's now sporting a 3.38 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 9.4 K/9 for the season, after all. Verlander lines up to make his final start of the regular season against Texas at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
News: Gurriel went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run during Friday's win over the Angels.
Impact: The 33-year-old Cuban has posted a solid fantasy season with 18 homers, 72 RBI, 65 runs and a .299/.330/.488 slash line. Gurriel is receiving consistent playing time, and the Houston lineup is deep enough that his fantasy value isn't hindered too much from hitting down the order.
News: Reddick left Friday's win over the Angels due to lower back discomfort, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Reddick was 1-for-2 with a double before departing. He may get a few days off with the Astros looking ahead to the playoffs.
News: Giles pitched a scoreless ninth inning to collect his 33rd save of the season during Friday's win over the Angels.
Impact: Giles has now pitched six scoreless innings over his past six appearances to improve to an impressive 2.37 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 82 strikeouts through 60.2 innings for the campaign. He's converted 33 of his 37 save opportunities and projects to remain a high-end reliever in all fantasy settings closing out games for the Astros.
News: McHugh's next scheduled start has been moved to Monday against the Rangers, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: McHugh had been scheduled to start Sunday's game, but the Astros will push him back a day and send Lance McCullers to the hill Sunday instead. McHugh picked up a win when he last took the mound Tuesday, as he allowed just one run and struck out five batters over five innings against the White Sox.
News: Peacock's next start will come next week in Boston, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Lance McCullers (arm) will return Sunday, pushing Collin McHugh to Monday against the Rangers. Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander will stay on schedule and go Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, but Peacock will still get another opportunity to start before the end of the regular season. Peacock has posted a 3.31 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 75:19 K:BB over 65.1 innings so far in the second half.
News: McCullers (arm) will start Sunday's game against the Angels, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: McCullers has been battling arm fatigue lately and hasn't appeared in a game since Sept. 6. It was recently announced that he was being considered to start Sunday's outing, and that will indeed be the case. McCullers started the season strong, but had a few rough outings in July before missing the month of August to a back injury. Overall he's been a serviceable option for the Astros and will look to return to his initial form as he heads into Sunday's outing with a 3.97 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.
News: Beltran is not in the lineup Friday against the Angels.
Impact: Beltran has started three of Houston's last four games. In that time he's gone 0-for-11 at the dish, bringing his line down to .189/.231/.297 for the month of September. Evan Gattis will get the nod to start at the DH spot Friday night while Beltran gets the night off.
News: Correa is out of the lineup Friday against the Angels.
Impact: Houston's star shortstop hasn't been himself at the plate lately. Over the last three games he's gone 0-for-10. He'll get his first day off since returning from the DL on Sept. 3 as Marwin Gonzalez moves in from the outfield to fill in for Correa.
News: Will Harris did not allow a hit or walk in 1.0 scoreless inning as the Houston Astros lost to the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Thursday. Harris struck out one, ending the game with a 3.05 ERA and 0.99 WHIP on the season.
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News: Francis Martes allowed one run on one hit in 1.0 inning as the Houston Astros lost to the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Thursday. Martes struck out one, ending the game with a 5.90 ERA and 1.53 WHIP on the season.
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News: Tyler Clippard did not allow a hit or walk in 1.0 scoreless inning as the Houston Astros lost to the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Thursday. Clippard struck out one, ending the game with a 5.11 ERA and 1.37 WHIP on the season.
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News: Dallas Keuchel fell to 13-5, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks in 6.0 innings, as the Houston Astros lost to the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Thursday. Keuchel struck out seven, ending the game with a 2.96 ERA and 1.12 WHIP on the season.
Impact: Keuchel is 2-3 in his last six starts, receiving no more than one run of support in each game he didn't win. He is scheduled to pitch in Arlington on Tuesday but might not go again next Sunday in Boston so Houston can save him for the playoffs.
News: Jose Altuve went 0 for 2 Thursday as the Houston Astros fell to the Chicago White Sox 3-1. He ended the game with a .346 batting average.
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News: Brian McCann went 1 for 1 with a home run and an RBI Thursday as the Houston Astros fell to the Chicago White Sox 3-1. The homer was his 15th of the season. He ended the game with a .244 batting average.
Impact: It was just the second home run in 27 games for McCann, who has endured two stints on the DL this year and appears unlikely to record a 10th consecutive 20-homer season.
News: Evan Gattis went 0 for 1 Thursday as the Houston Astros fell to the Chicago White Sox 3-1. He ended the game with a .267 batting average.
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News: Alex Bregman went 1 for 2 Thursday as the Houston Astros fell to the Chicago White Sox 3-1. He ended the game with a .280 batting average.
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News: Carlos Correa went 0 for 4 Thursday as the Houston Astros lost to the Chicago White Sox 3-1. He ended the game with a .297 batting average.
Impact: Correa went 0 for 10 in the three-game set against the White Sox and is batting .182 with four RBIs in 17 games since his six-week DL stint for a thumb injury.
News: Carlos Beltran went 0 for 4 Thursday as the Houston Astros lost to the Chicago White Sox 3-1. He ended the game with a .231 batting average.
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News: Marwin Gonzalez went 0 for 4 Thursday as the Houston Astros lost to the Chicago White Sox 3-1. He ended the game with a .293 batting average.
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News: Josh Reddick went 0 for 3 Thursday as the Houston Astros lost to the Chicago White Sox 3-1. He ended the game with a .316 batting average.
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News: Yuli Gurriel went 1 for 3 Thursday as the Houston Astros fell to the Chicago White Sox 3-1. He ended the game with a .299 batting average.
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News: George Springer went 0 for 4 Thursday as the Houston Astros lost to the Chicago White Sox 3-1. He ended the game with a .286 batting average.
Impact: Springer went 1 for 12 in the three-game set with the White Sox and could struggle to get in a groove in this weekend's series against the Angels. Against Los Angeles' three scheduled starters - Garrett Richards, Bud Norris and Tyler Skaggs - Springer is a combined 3 for 28 (.107).