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Sun. Sep 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Keuchel gave up one run in eight innings and matched a season high with eight strikeouts in a 10-1 win over Seattle on Saturday.
Impact: Keuchel (12-9, 2.93 ERA) is 2-0 with a 2.02 ERA in his last five outings and has allowed two runs in 15 innings while winning back-to-back starts.
Sun. Sep 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Altuve got two hits in Saturday's 10-1 win over Seattle, giving 218 this season.
Impact: Altuve tied Rod Carew for most by a second baseman since 1934. Carew reached the feat in 1974 with Minnesota. The Houston Astros second baseman, who leads the majors in hits and with a .344 average, is batting .465 (20 for 43) in his last 10 games.
Sun. Sep 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Fowler had three hits in a 10-1 win over Seattle on Saturday night.
Impact: The Houston outfielder, now batting .273, is 7 for 14 in his last three games.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keuchel will be shut down for the remainder of the season, the Houston Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz reports.
Impact: This move was expected since Keuchel passed the 200-inning mark for the season. With nothing to play for, the Astros want to preserve one of the pleasant surprises from their season. Keuchel ends the season 12-9 with a 2.93 ERA and 1.175 WHIP, a breakout year after two seasons with an ERA above five. Keuchel's 3.21 FIP and 3.20 xFIP also indicate this was no fluke.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Singleton is out of the Astros' lineup again Saturday.
Impact: Singleton will ride the pine for a second straight day, following a 4-for-37 start to September. The 23-year-old has struggled to adjust to major league pitching (.169 average), but it seems likely he'll open 2015 in an everyday role, after inking a long-term extension with the club in June.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Castro is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mariners.
Impact: A 0-for-3, two-strikeout performance Friday lowered Castro's batting line for the month of September to .182/.213/.227. The team could opt to give Carlos Corporan a few more starts than normal next week.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keuchel will most likely be shut down for the remainder of the season now that he has pitched 200 innings, Evan Drellich of The Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: The move is likely to preserve Keuchel, who developed as the Astros' ace this season and is just 26 years old, although no official move has been made. He hit exactly 200 innings Saturday night in an 11-0 win over the Mariners when he allowed just one run on 120 pitches. The outing pushed Keuchel's ERA down to 2.93, and prior to Saturday night, he was allowing just 0.5 home runs per nine innings and had a WHIP of 1.18 in 28 starts.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Altuve had three hits Friday.
Impact: Altuve is batting .343 with 216 hits as he continues to pile up the fantasy numbers.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Downs left Friday's game with discomfort in his right oblique. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: After missing 16 games with a similar injury in August, it is likely that the southpaw will miss the remainder of the season. The situational lefty struggled all year posting an ERA above 5.00, while splitting time in the minor leagues and with the Astros.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Feldman gave up one run, four hits and a walk in eight innings Thursday in Houston's 2-1 loss in 13 innings to Cleveland.
Impact: Feldman (8-11, 3.82 ERA) is 2-2 with a 2.00 ERA in his last six starts and has received a combined 12 runs of support.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Grossman had three hits in a 2-1 loss in 13 innings to Cleveland on Thursday night.
Impact: Grossman, now batting .226, is 14 for 43 (.326) in his last nine games.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peacock (back) has been confirmed as Friday's starter against the Mariners.
Impact: A bout of back soreness prevented Peacock from taking the hill Monday, but he made it through a bullpen session Tuesday without issue and thus received the green light to start Friday opposite right-hander Taijuan Walker. In three starts against Seattle this season, spanning 16.1 innings, Peacock has given up eight runs on 16 hits with 18 strikeouts against seven walks.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Singleton is out of the lineup Friday against the Mariners.
Impact: Singleton will get a day off following an 0-for-4 night at the plate Tuesday, wearing the golden sombrero with four strikeouts. He has been floundering at the plate recently, and is currently riding an 0-for-19 skid at the plate with 15 strikeouts over his past seven games. Chris Carter gets the start at first base while Jose Altuve takes the designated hitter spot for Friday's contest.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Feldman allowed one run on four hits and a walk over eight innings Thursday against Cleveland, but struck out just two and didn't receive a decision.
Impact: While Feldman missed even fewer bats than usual in this game, he continues to generate a lot of ground balls and pitch efficiently, having gone eight or more innings thrice in his last five starts. He's scheduled to make his last start of the year against the Rangers on Wednesday.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez is out of the lineup again Thursday.
Impact: Gonzalez is set to sit for the seventh time in nine games, so he can safely be considered a reserve for fantasy purposes. The 25-year-old has battled a hamstring injury en route to a .250/.318/.300 batting line so far this month.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grossman is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Indians.
Impact: Grossman had a rough end to his seven-game hit streak Tuesday night, striking out in four of his five plate appearances. While that dismal showing will earn him a spot on the bench Wednesday, he still looks to be in command of both leadoff duties and the starting left field job for the Astros over the remaining week and a half of the season.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Indians.
Impact: Gonzalez had been dealing a hamstring injury through most of September, and his playing time has trickled away accordingly. He'll be out of the lineup for the sixth time in eight games, with Jonathan Villar getting the start at shortstop. Villar served as the Astros' Opening Day starter at the position, and could be given the opportunity for more expensive at-bats as the season winds down.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tropeano took his first loss Tuesday, permitting two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five innings against the Indians.
Impact: Tropeano (1-1) threw 101 pitches (62 for strikes) against the Tribe, but limited the damage to keep the game close against AL Cy Young contender Corey Kluber. The 24-year-old rookie has been solid through two big league starts and is likely to remain in Houston's six-man starting rotation for the remainder of the season. Tropeano lines up to face AL West division rival Texas on Monday.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Altuve set an Astros record for hits in a season Tuesday by going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored in a 4-2 loss to the Indians.
Impact: Altuve surpassed Craig Biggio's club record of 210 hits set in 1998 with a single in the seventh inning off Indians starter Corey Kluber. The two-hit performance was his sixth straight multi-hit game and raised his batting average to .343 for the season.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Springer, who has been out since July 20 with a left quadriceps injury, won't play again this season.
Impact: There was some hope that Springer might return for the last few games of the season, but interim manager Tom Lawless said on Tuesday that they decided to shut him down.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Springer (quadriceps) will not play again this season, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Springer ran the bases over the weekend, seemingly in a final attempt to convince the coaching staff to let him return, but interim manager Tom Lawless announced Tuesday that the team has decided to play it safe and shut him down for the remainder of the season. The 24-year-old Springer did not make an immediate impact upon his promotion in mid-April, as he hit just .182/.262/.218 with zero homers in his first 14 games, but he went on to smack 20 homers in his next 64 contests.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marisnick is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Indians.
Impact: The 23-year-old got off to a miserable start to September, with just two hits in his first seven games of the month (20 at-bats), but he's come around a bit in recent days, with seven singles in his last 15 trips to the plate. Marisnick will turn right field over to Alex Presley on Tuesday but should continue to play nearly everyday the final two weeks.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dominguez is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Indians.
Impact: An 0-for-3 showing Monday extended Dominguez's hitless streak to five games and lowered his batting line for the month to .114/.162/.114. He'll turn the hot corner over to Gregorio Petit again Tuesday.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Castro is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Indians.
Impact: Max Stassi will step in behind the plate to catch starter Nick Tropeano, affording Castro another day to rest his legs. Castro is batting just .242/.278/.303 with two extra-base hits (both doubles) this month.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Altuve went 3 for 4 with two RBIs in Monday's win over Cleveland.
Impact: Altuve, 11 for his last 21, is one hit away from tying Craig Biggio's franchise single-season record of 210 set in 1998.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | STATS
News: McHugh allowed on unearned run over 6 2-3 innings to beat Cleveland 3-1 on Monday.
Impact: McHugh has allowed one or two runs in each of his nine starts since the beginning of August, going 6-0 with a 1.50 ERA.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Qualls (hip) earned his 18th save of the season Monday with a scoreless ninth inning against Cleveland.
Impact: Making his first relief appearance for the Astros since Sept. 6 after a nagging hip injury, Qualls permitted a single and struck out a batter in the scoreless frame. The veteran reliever figures to close out the season as Houston's closer, or at least share the role with Josh Fields, who filled in during Qualls' recent absence.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Altuve recorded his fifth consecutive multi-hit game in Monday's 3-1 win over the Indians, going 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored.
Impact: He was also caught stealing in the game, but moved within one hit of tying Craig Biggio's franchise record for a single season. Altuve has 63 multi-hit games this season, which leads the majors.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McHugh (forearm) isn't expected to miss his next scheduled start, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.
Impact: McHugh took a shot off the bat of Lonnie Chisenhall in Monday night's game, and although he was forced to exit, it sounds as if the right-hander is simply dealing with a bruise. He doesn't expect to miss his next scheduled start, and considering that the ailment is affecting his non-pitching hand, that notion seems like a reasonable possibility.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Updating a previous report, McHugh left Monday's game due to a left forearm contusion, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.
Impact: McHugh originally injured the arm on a comebacker in the seventh inning, and he looks to have avoided any major damage. Depending on how the bruising heals in the coming days, there's a chance he could still be available this weekend.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McHugh left Monday's game after getting hit in the wrist and knee with a comebacker, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: McHugh had been making a spot start in place of Brad Peacock (back), and this new development surely can't help his chances of remaining in the rotation. The severity of the injury has yet to be disclosed by the team, but the Astros may be looking for another spot starter this weekend against the Mariners if they don't receive good news. The timing is poor for McHugh, who had held the Indians to one unearned run on five hits with seven strikeouts over 6.2 innings before exiting.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Springer (quad) ran the bases over the weekend, but it's unclear if he will be able to return before the end of the season, Howard Chen of CSN Houston reports.
Impact: With just two weeks left in the regular season, Springer appears likely to see just a handful of games in the best-case scenario, while the Astros could continue to rest him as there is little incentive to risk a setback at this stage.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Qualls (hip) is available to pitch Monday if needed, Howard Chen of CSN Houston reports.
Impact: Because of the injury, Qualls has not appeared in a game since September 6. Josh Fields has been filling in as the team's closer in Qualls' absence, leaving the veteran's role as an uncertainty for the final two weeks of the season.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Altuve had two hits and a walk in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Angels.
Impact: The two-time All-Star leads the major leagues in hits (206) and batting average (.339), while his 52 stolen bases rank third. Not only is Altuve two and a half weeks away from becoming the Astros' first batting champion, he's five hits shy of breaking Craig Biggio's single-season club record.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marisnick went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base during Sunday's 6-1 win over the Angels.
Impact: Marisnick, who hit fifth in the batting order for the first time this season, was also picked off second base early in the game. Through 38 games with the Astros since being traded from Miami, the 23-year-old outfielder is hitting .264/.295/.326 with a home run, 11 RBI and four steals over 129 at-bats.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Petit doubled, homered, drove in three and scored twice during Sunday's 6-1 win over the Angels.
Impact: Petit, who has hit safely in 15 of 20 starts since being called up on July 25, had the best game of his MLB career Sunday. His three-run home run in the second inning off Hector Santiago was his second of the season.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keuchel earned his 11th victory of the season Sunday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Angels before allowing one run on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts over seven-plus innings.
Impact: Keuchel (11-9) induced 16 groundouts during the game and leads MLB pitchers with a 2.80 GO/AO ratio. To put that statistic in perspective, Padres starter Tyson Ross is the next closest pitcher with a 2.01 GO/AO ratio. Keuchel will carry a 3.00 ERA into his next scheduled start against the Mariners on Friday, whom he is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA against this season.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McHugh will start Monday in place of Brad Peacock (back), according to the Astros' official site.
Impact: Assuming everything stays in place, McHugh could be looking at a two-start week; we won't guarantee it, though, because Houston is using six starters and we don't know when Peacock might return. The Indians and Mariners come to Houston over the seven-day slate.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peacock is battling a sore back and won't make his Monday start, the Astros' official site reports.
Impact: Peacock downplayed the issue, but it's not clear if we'll see him later in the week. Collin McHugh will start in his place against the Indians and might see a two-start week (Seattle on the weekend) if nothing else changes.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Castro is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels.
Impact: Castro will get a day off with the Astros facing a left-hander and playing an afternoon game. Carlos Corporan will get the start at catcher in Castro's place.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Singleton is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels.
Impact: Singleton will get a day off after starting the last seven games for the Astros. Jesus Guzman will get the start at first base in Singleton's place.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Altuve went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's loss to the Angels.
Impact: Altuve, who is hitting .338 for the season, picked up two hits for the third game in a row and now finds himself six hits away from Craig Biggio's 1998 franchise record of 210 hits in a season.
Sat. Sep 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fowler is out of the lineup Saturday against the Angels.
Impact: Fowler will take a day of rest Saturday against the Angels for the first time since Aug. 13, when he returned from the disabled list. Alex Presley will start in center field and bat fifth.
Sat. Sep 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dominguez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels.
Impact: Dominguez is 0-for-7 over the last two games, and 2-for-14 over the past four, but he'll sit Saturday in favor of Gregorio Petit. Petit will man third and bat ninth in his place.
Sat. Sep 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Altuve (undisclosed) is back in the lineup Saturday against the Angels.
Impact: Altuve was likely pulled from Friday's game as a result of a six-run deficit, but he's back in the lineup Saturday. He's been unstoppable at the plate this season, leading the league with a .337 batting average, and will get a chance to uphold that standard as the season winds down.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Altuve was removed from Friday's game for an undisclosed reason, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Altuve's removal may have been the function of the Astros facing a six-run deficit late in Friday's game, but the team did not provide a reason upon his departure. In addition to a league leading .336 batting average, Altuve has been a great source of steals and runs scored, making his case to be considered an elite second baseman heading into 2015.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Qualls was unavailable again Wednesday due to a nagging hip injury, MLB.com reports. "I don't know if it's a tight hip that's putting pressure on a nerve back there," Qualls said. "I get a warm feeling like in a 6-inch [region] down the side of my leg. When I sit down or lay down, it really doesn't hurt, and if I walk around, it gets irritated or something."
Impact: With Qualls' discomfort failing to subside over the course of five days, the training staff went ahead and prescribed rest for the 36-year-old right-hander. Josh Fields has collected a pair of saves since Qualls' last appearance and is the clear favorite for opportunities until Qualls returns, but lefty Tony Sipp nailed down a save Wednesday and could see chances depending on the matchups.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sipp tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Mariners on Wednesday to earn his fourth save of the season.
Impact: Sipp gave up an infield single to Robinson Cano with one out but then retired Kendrys Morales and Kyle Seager to nail down the win for Houston. The 31-year-old lefty has now recorded saves in three of his last five appearances, and with regular closer Chad Qualls battling a nagging hip injury, Sipp could see additional opportunities, depending on the matchups.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Presley (oblique) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Wednesday in his third start since returning from the DL.
Impact: GM Jeff Luhnow said initially upon Presley's reinstatement from the DL that he wasn't quite ready to play, but the 29-year-old outfielder ended up making a pinch-hit appearance just a day later. Presley returned to the lineup for the first time in two months last Sunday, going hitless in his first two starts back, but smacked a pair of singles in Wednesday's victory over Seattle. He will likely only be a part-time player over the final weeks, spelling Robbie Grossman and Jake Marisnick in the corners here and there.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | STATS
News: McHugh allowed one run and two hits over eight innings in a 2-1 win at Seattle on Tuesday.
Impact: McHugh is 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA over his last eight starts.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marisnick is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.
Impact: Marisnick had been receiving steady playing time in right field for the Astros, but will now have sat in two of the past three contests. The 23-year-old Marisnick is batting just .100 so far in September, and as a result, Alex Presley will draw the start in right.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Castro is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.
Impact: Castro has started seven of the last eight contests for the Mariners, but will take a seat Wednesday for a regular day of rest. Max Stassi will draw the start and catch pitcher Nick Tropeano -- someone he is familiar with from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fields worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Mariners on Tuesday to earn his fourth save of the season.
Impact: With Chad Qualls struggling in recent weeks, Fields has earned the last two saves for the Astros. The 29-year-old hasn't been scored upon in nine straight relief appearances, so it's possible he remains in the closer's role for Houston over the final three weeks of the season.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McHugh (9-9) shut down the Mariners on Tuesday, permitting only one run on two hits with no walks and four strikeouts over eight innings to earn his ninth win of the season.
Impact: An infield single and a solo home run were McHugh's lone blemishes on the night in an otherwise dominant performance against the Astros' AL West division rivals. The 27-year-old has won five of his last six starts.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stassi will make his first start of 2014 on Wednesday, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Stassi will assume the backstop duties Wednesday with Nick Tropeano, a pitcher he's familiar with from Triple-A Oklahoma City, scheduled to make his MLB debut. Stassi logged eight big league plate appearances with the Astros last September before a concussion ended his season.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peacock (4-8) didn't factor into the decision in Monday's loss to Seattle, but he struck out six over five scoreless innings opposite AL Cy Young favorite Felix Hernandez.
Impact: Peacock threw 92 pitches (59 for strikes), but was efficient otherwise in one of his strongest starts for the Astros this season. Monday's outing was the first this season that he didn't allow an earned run. Peacock will look to keep the positive momentum going against the Indians on Monday.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marisnick is out of the lineup Monday against the Mariners, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Marisnick has gone 1-for-12 over the last four games to drop his average during his time with the Astros to .248. The fleet-footed outfielder has shown prowess in the steals department during his brief time in the majors over parts of the last two seasons, but he's shown little in the way of growth in the batter's box, carrying a .249 on-base percentage over 292 career plate appearances.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Petit went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Sunday's 4-3 win over the A's.
Impact: The utility infielder is hitting .274/.297/.403 with five doubles, a home run and six RBI in 23 games with the Astros since his call up on July 25.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keuchel (10-9) allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 6.2 innings in a no-decision Sunday against the A's.
Impact: Keuchel's 3.02 ERA ranks seventh in the AL, while his 185 innings pitched ranks 10th. His ability to go deep into games is a huge plus for the Astros, who have the AL's worst bullpen with a 4.88 ERA. Keuchel also leads the AL with five complete games.
Sep 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez is in of the lineup at third base Sunday against the Astros.
Impact: Gonzalez will start at third base in place of normal starter Matt Dominguez and will bat sixth for the Astros.
Sep 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grossman is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics.
Impact: Grossman will take a day off following six straight starts. Alex Presley will start in left field and bat ninth for the Astros.
Sep 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Feldman allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts over 8.1 innings in a no-decision Saturday.
Impact: Feldman (8-10) pitched into the ninth inning for the second straight start, but gave up a couple of hits before Oakland rallied for a 4-3 win off Astros closer Chad Qualls. Feldman will carry a 3.99 ERA into his next scheduled start next weekend.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Carter homered again in Friday's win in Oakland.
Impact: He's hit three in two games and has clubbed an impressive 23 in 52 games since July 4.
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | STATS
News: McHugh surrendered one run and four hits with eight strikeouts over 7 2-3 innings in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Angels.
Impact: He's been outstanding since Aug. 1, going 4-0 with a 1.79 ERA in seven starts.
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Carter continued his home run binge, going 3 for 4 with two home runs and three RBIs in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Angels.
Impact: Carter has hit .273 with 13 homers and 29 RBIs in his last 26 games. He has a career-high 35 homers on the season.
Wed. Sep 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Altuve went 4 for 5 with a homer in Tuesday's win over the Angels.
Impact: Altuve is hitting .419 during a 10-game hitting streak.