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Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sipp earned his second save of the season Thursday, striking out two in a perfect frame against the Rangers.
Impact: Astros closer Chad Qualls was unavailable Thursday after pitching the previous two nights, so Sipp was called upon to preserve the 4-2 victory. The 31-year-old southpaw has been one of the most reliable members of the Houston bullpen this season, compiling a 3.21 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and a 51:14 K:BB over 42 innings.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McHugh (7-9) earned his third victory in his last four starts Thursday, permitting two runs on eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts over seven innings against the Rangers.
Impact: McHugh's ERA dipped to 2.99 with yet another strong performance. He'll draw the Angels for his next scheduled start on Wednesday.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Castro powered the Astros to a 4-2 win Thursday with a grand slam against the Rangers.
Impact: Castro's 13th home run of the season came in the fifth inning off Texas reliever Roman Mendez. That's all the scoring the Astros would need on the night, although the former All-Star catcher contributed a single and a walk as well. Castro is slashing .227/.297/.377 through 107 games this season.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Carter hit his 33rd home run in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to Oakland.
Impact: Carter has homered in three straight games after going 2 for 24 over his previous seven.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grossman is not in the lineup Thursday due to a sore ankle, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Grossman tweaked his ankle in Wednesday's game, and he will miss at least one contest due to the setback. Grossman's injury does not appear serious, so it's possible he could return to action as soon as Friday.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grossman is out of the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez will take over atop the order as Grossman sits for the first time since Aug. 7. Although he's batting just .215, Grossman is getting on base at a .330 clip, which may be enough to keep him in the leadoff spot for the time being.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Qualls took the loss in relief Wednesday, allowing three runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning against the Athletics.
Impact: Qualls (1-4) has allowed 11 runs in six relief appearances against Oakland this season, going 0-3 with two saves and a 24.75 ERA in those games.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carter homered for the third consecutive game during Wednesday's 5-4 loss to Oakland.
Impact: Carter's ninth inning solo shot off interim A's closer Eric O'Flaherty was his 33rd home run of the season and 14th since the the All-Star break.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peacock worked around four hits and five walks to permit only one run over 5.1 innings against the A's on Wednesday. He struck out six and didn't factor into the decision.
Impact: Peacock limited the damage against Oakland, but threw 108 pitches (61 for strikes) while failing to go beyond six innings for the ninth straight start. The 26-year-old right-hander has some work to do on his control and limiting his pitch counts as he prepares for his next scheduled start against the Angels on Tuesday.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Qualls will remain with the Astros for the rest of the season, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Qualls was claimed off waivers by the Tigers earlier in the week, but Wednesday's deadline for the teams to complete a trade passed without Qualls switching teams, and he can no longer be traded to any other squad. Qualls will continue working as the Astros' closer.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Castro is out of the lineup Wednesday against the A's.
Impact: Carlos Corporan will step in to catch starter Brad Peacock, as Castro sits following back-to-back starts. Castro is hitless in his last six games (0-for-20) and is now batting .205/.284/.288 for the month of August, but he figures to continue seeing the majority of the work behind the plate for the Astros.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Singleton is out of the lineup Wednesday against the A's.
Impact: With lefty Drew Pomeranz on the hill for Oakland, Singleton will head to the bench for the second time in four games, opening the door for Jesus Guzman to start at first base. Singleton is batting just .186/.296/.372 with the big club this season, and while his struggles have mostly come against right-handed pitching (.160/.280/.326), manager Bo Porter may be inclined to further limit Singleton's exposure to lefties over the remainder of the season.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Downs (oblique) is nearing a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Downs will take Wednesday and Thursday off before joining Corpus Christi on Friday. He's expected to make two rehab appearances in the minors before likely rejoining the Astros on Sept. 2.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Qualls earned his 15th save of the season Tuesday with a scoreless frame against the A's.
Impact: Qualls was claimed off revocable waivers by the Tigers on Tuesday, but the veteran reliever did not let the news affect him in preserving a 4-2 win over Oakland. The Astros and Tigers have until Wednesday to work out a trade, but there's a strong likelihood Houston will pull Qualls off waivers rather than trade him.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carter hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Athletics.
Impact: Carter took A's reliever Luke Gregerson deep for his 32nd home run of the season. The Astros' slugger is hitting .283/.323/.663 with 11 home runs and 28 RBI in August.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keuchel (10-9) pitched seven strong innings against the A's on Tuesday, but did not factor in the decision after allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
Impact: Keuchel has a 2.73 ERA in eight starts since All-Star break, but only one win during that span. He'll look to change that during his next scheduled start on Sunday against the Rangers.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Springer (quadriceps) took batting practice on the field prior to Tuesday's game, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: A mid-August setback with Springer's quad injury necessitated a two-week shutdown, but the 24-year-old's return to batting practice Tuesday bodes well for his chances of being activated early next month. GM Jeff Luhnow said Monday that he is hopeful Springer can return for the team's upcoming two-game series against the Angels, slated for Sept. 2-3.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dominguez isn't in the lineup Tuesday against the Athletics, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Dominguez last tallied a hit on Aug. 20, a span of 13 at-bats, which has pushed his slash line to a miserable .223/.262/.344 on the season. He'll hand over the hot corner to Gregorio Petit, who is batting ninth.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Carter continued his home run barrage on Monday, hitting his 31st of the year in an 8-2 loss to Oakland.
Impact: Carter has an MLB-high 18 home runs since the beginning of July, four more than Lucas Duda of the New York Mets.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Qualls was claimed off revocable waivers by the Tigers on Tuesday, MLive's James Schmehl reports.
Impact: The Astros will pull their veteran closer off waivers and try to work out a trade with the Tigers. The teams have until Wednesday to reach an agreement. Qualls has turned in a solid campaign in Houston, converting 14-of-17 save chances while posting a 3.07 ERA and 38:5 K:BB ratio across 44 innings.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez doubled twice among three hits Monday in the Astros' 8-2 loss to the Athletics.
Impact: The third-year utility infielder accounted for almost half of the Astros' seven hits on the night and raised his batting average to .266 with the performance.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Feldman took the loss Monday against the A's, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts over seven innings.
Impact: Feldman (7-10) certainly pitched well enough to win the game, but the Astros' offense fell flat against Jeff Samardzija and the Athletics. The veteran right-hander will carry a 4.34 ERA into his next scheduled start against the Rangers on Saturday. Feldman is 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA in three starts against his former team this season.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carter clubbed his 31st home run of the season during Monday's loss to the Athletics.
Impact: Carter's two-run shot in the eighth inning off Jeff Samardzija was his only hit of the game in four at-bats. The 27-year-old DH appears to have Samardzija's number, hitting .417 with two doubles and two home runs against him lifetime.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Presley (oblique) is on track to be activated in September, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.
Impact: George Springer is also on track to be activated in September, meaning the Astros will have a pretty crowded outfield once Presley is ready to take the field again, which limits his fantasy value to deeper leagues.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Springer (quadriceps) is on the path to be activated in September, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.
Impact: He was shut down for two weeks 13 days ago, so we could see Springer begin baseball activities this week, with a mid-September return a possibility.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peacock (forearm) threw off flat ground Monday and has been cleared to make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Athletics, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Peacock left his most recent start Friday due to right forearm discomfort, but it appears the removal was only precautionary. The Athletics' offense hasn't been as fearsome in recent weeks, potentially making Peacock a decent streaming option in deeper leagues Wednesday. To his credit, Peacock was on his way to one of his better starts of the season his last time out before leaving early, as he held the Indians to one run on two hits and no walks over five innings.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Downs (oblique) threw a bullpen session Sunday, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Downs will increase the intensity of his throws during his next session, which is set to take place Tuesday. The Astros should welcome him back to their bullpen in September, possibly as soon as the first of the month, when rosters expand.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foltynewicz struck out four batters in 1.1 innings Sunday against the Indians.
Impact: Foltynewicz walked a batter but did not allow a run, lowering his ERA to 5.79 in the process.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oberholtzer took the loss Sunday, allowing three runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts over 6.2 innings against the Indians.
Impact: Oberholtzer (4-9) lines up to face the Rangers on Friday for his next scheduled start.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Castro is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: With Sunday's game kicking off at 12:05 ET, Castro will get a breather after starting behind the plate the previous two nights. He's had a rather miserable series so far with five strikeouts in seven at-bats, but should still be a top pinch-hitting option for the Astros on Sunday.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carter is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Carter has appeased fantasy owners with eight home runs and 21 RBI in August, but his issues with contact appear to have reared their head again. The slugger has amassed 13 strikeouts over his last five starts, yet again enhancing his reputation as a streaky hitter. He'll give way to Dexter Fowler at DH on Sunday, but his game-changing power will continue to afford him a near-everyday role with the Astros.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dominguez isn't in the lineup Saturday, the Houston Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz reports.
Impact: Gregorio Petit will get a rare start at the hot corner, as Dominguez is given a standard day off. Dominguez is one of several Astros (other than Chris Carter and Jose Altuve) who haven't lived up to the starting role they've been given this season, and his long-term future with the team is probably still up in the air. The .226/.266/.349 slash line Dominguez has posted this season makes him unusable in standard leagues that count batting average or OBP.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Singleton is not in Saturday's lineup, the Houston Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz reports.
Impact: The rookie first baseman has been playing everyday, despite still sporting a sub-.200 batting average. While Singleton still offers plenty of upside over the rest of the season for owners looking for some help in home runs, he's going to be a drain on batting average in roto leagues. Jesus Guzman will get the start at first base.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Qualls (back) pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Friday.
Impact: Qualls was unavailable for the final two games of the Yankees series due to back discomfort, but he got back on the hill Friday and retired the side on 14 pitches. After struggling in July (7.71 ERA), he's now given up just one earned run in seven August appearances, thus further cementing himself into the closer role for Houston.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peacock was removed from his start Friday night with right forearm discomfort.
Impact: Prior to leaving with the injury, Peacock pitched well, holding the Indians to one run on two hits over five innings while throwing just 62 pitches. For now, he's considered day-to-day ahead of his start against the A's on Wednesday, but the Astros will likely have the right-hander undergo further evaluation Saturday.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keuchel (10-9) took the loss Thursday despite pitching a complete game against the Yankees, allowing three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts over eight innings.
Impact: The Yankees did all their damage in the second inning, but Keuchel went on cruise control afterwards to finish the game strong in the losing effort. The left-hander leads the AL with five complete games this season.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Corporan has been experiencing swelling and bruising on his right thumb for the past two months, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.
Impact: Corporan first suffered the injury while attempting to block a ball with his bare hand in mid-June. He's been able to play through the ailment due to the fact that he's only asked to catch two or three times a week, but it sounds like he'll continue to receive treatment on the thumb over the rest of the season.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Qualls (back) said he's "probably unavailable" Thursday against the Rays, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.
Impact: Qualls did not pitch Wednesday due to discomfort in his back stemming from Friday's game. While it doesn't appear to be anything serious, Qualls could miss a few games in the short term.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Veras picked up his first save of the season Wednesday with a scoreless frame against the Yankees.
Impact: Chad Qualls was unavailable Wednesday due to minor back discomfort, but Veras preserved the 5-2 win for the Astros despite giving up a hit and a walk during the appearance. The veteran reliever earned 21 saves as a member of the Astros and Tigers last season, so he'll likely be used in save situations if Qualls is forced to miss any additional time.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Feldman limited the Yankees to two runs on eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over 6.2 innings to earn his seventh win of the season on Wednesday.
Impact: Feldman's seven strikeouts were a season high. In 23 starts this year, the veteran right-hander is 7-9 with a 4.37 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 78:42 K:BB through 136 innings. He lines up for a home start against Oakland on Monday.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Qualls was not used in a save situation Wednesday due to minor back discomfort, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: The sore back cost Qualls a potential save Wednesday night, but it appears to be just a short-term issue, as manager Bo Porter said Qualls would likely be available Thursday if needed. However, consider Qualls day-to-day until he is summoned from the bullpen next.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carter hit a three-run home run, his 30th of the season, in Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Yankees.
Impact: Carter also struck out four times Tuesday, but his home run off Yankees' closer David Robertson broke a tie game in the ninth inning. His 30 home runs are a new career high for a season after he hit 29 homers for the Astros in 2013.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Qualls earned his 14th save of the season Tuesday night with a clean inning against the Yankees.
Impact: Qualls, who has been shaky in relief for the Astros over the past month, struck out a batter during the appearance. The veteran reliever owns a 3.14 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 38:5 K:BB over 43 innings this season.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oberholtzer didn't factor into the decision Tuesday against the Yankees, yielding four runs on seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over 5.1 innings.
Impact: In 18 starts for the Astros this season, Oberholtzer is 4-8 with a 4.01 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 73:23 K:BB over 110 innings. He lines up to face the Indians for his next scheduled start Sunday in Cleveland.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: The Astros placed left-handed reliever Darin Downs on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 15, with a strained muscle on his right side.
Impact: Downs is 2-1 with a 4.31 ERA in 40 appearances.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.
Impact: Gonzalez tallied at least one hit in seven of the last 10 games he played, but he will get a day off after starting six straight contests. Gregorio Petit will get the start at shortstop in Gonzalez's place.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Downs (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
Impact: A strained right oblique has pushed the 29-year-old reliever to the trainer's room until the end of August, at the earliest. Since the break, his pitching has been a bit more crisp, as he's allowed two runs on two hits and three walks to go with five strikeouts in 7.2 innings across 10 outings.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guzman (back) was activated from the disabled list Tuesday.
Impact: Guzman crushed at the plate during his rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City -- he tallied eight hits (three doubles), five RBI, three runs and three walks versus two strikeouts in 13 at-bats. He'll act as depth at first base, DH and left field.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fowler went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's 8-1 win over Boston.
Impact: Fowler is 7-for-18 (.389) with five walks and four runs scored in five games with the Astros since returning from the DL on August 13.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Singleton hit his 11th homer of the season, drew two walks and scored twice in the Astros' 8-1 win over the Red Sox on Sunday.
Impact: Despite 11 home runs in 66 games with the Astros, Singleton has posted an uninspiring .185/.288/.371 slash line in his rookie season.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Altuve hit his first career grand slam among four hits Sunday in the Astros' 8-1 rout of the Red Sox.
Impact: The two-time All-Star leads the major leagues in hits (173), batting average (.339) and multi-hit games (53) and is six weeks away from becoming the Astros' first batting champion.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McHugh earned his sixth win of the season Sunday, allowing one run on seven hits and four walks with six strikeouts over six innings against the Red Sox.
Impact: McHugh (6-9) permitted 11 baserunners, but left most of them stranded and lowered his ERA to 3.00 with his second straight victory. He'll face the Indians in Cleveland for his next start Saturday.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marisnick is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox.
Impact: Marisnick will sit for the first time all month. Marc Krauss will start in left field with Robbie Grossman sliding over to play right.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Castro is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox.
Impact: Castro will take a three-game hitting streak to the bench for Sunday's day game following a 2-for-3 night at the dish Saturday. Carlos Corporan will start behind the plate in his place and bat sixth for the Astros.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Grossman went 3 for 5 with a home run and a double in Friday's 5-3, 10-inning victory at Boston.
Impact: Grossman is 7 for 19 with four RBIs in his last four games for the Astros.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Presley experienced a setback with his oblique Saturday at short-season Tri-City and will subsequently be shut down 7-to-10 days, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: In two outings at the affiliate entering Saturday's game, Presley tallied a triple and a run scored in five at-bats. He'll now be hard-pressed to return before August concludes, but when he receives a clean bill of health, he should factor into the outfield mix in Houston.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dominguez is out of the lineup Saturday at Boston, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Astros are holding Dominguez out for the first time since May 23, which allows Gregorio Petit to cover the hot corner. Dominguez has continued to scuffle along at the plate in August, slashing .214/.237/.304 with one homer, five RBI, and three runs in 56 at-bats.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Downs is dealing with a minor oblique issue, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Downs' injury in part led to the recall of Kevin Chapman on Friday. It's unclear how long he will be unavailable out of the bullpen, but the team added an extra arm to replace him.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, MLB.com's Brian McTaggert reports.
Impact: Chapman wasn't the sharpest during previous stints with the Astros earlier this season, allowing seven earned runs over 5.2 innings. His Triple-A numbers are respectable, however, as he owns a 1.23 ERA and a 64:25 K:BB ratio over 44 innings, saving a total of nine games for the RedHawks. Moreover, a 1.43 WHIP suggests he lives a bit dangerously, as he tends to allow at least a baserunner or two each appearance. He'll serve in middle relief for the Astros, providing left-handed bullpen depth.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hoes has been sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.
Impact: Hoes was slashing a dismal .175/.233/.292 this season, homering just three times and striking out 30 over 120 at-bats with the Astros. He hasn't been in the starting lineup since August first after seeing relatively consistent playing time in July. In his place, the Astros have recalled lefty reliever Kevin Chapman.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dominguez went 2-for-4 with his 14th home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.
Impact: Dominguez's two-run shot came in the fourth inning off Allen Webster. It was his first home run since July 28.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Feldman was tagged for seven runs on nine hits and two walks with one strikeout over 5.1 innings in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.
Impact: Feldman, who cruised through five innings having allowed just one run and four hits, snowballed in the sixth inning and fell to 6-9 this season with the loss. The 31-year-old veteran will carry a 4.45 ERA into his next scheduled start against the Yankees on Wednesday.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Presley (oblique) was scratched from his first rehab game at short-season Tri-City on Thursday after experiencing discomfort during warmups, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.
Impact: The Astros will have Presley take the next few days off before reassessing his condition. The setback probably pushes his potential return from the DL back another week.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Carter hit two more home runs in Tuesday's win over Minnesota.
Impact: The slugger has now hit 15 since July 4, five more than anyone else in baseball. He's also batting .328 in that time, so his batting average handicap in fantasy could be less of an issue going forward.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Marisnick had a career-high four hits in Monday's 4-2 loss to visiting Minnesota.
Impact: Marisnick has earned some playing time by going 9 for 15 in his last four contests.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Grossman went 3 for 3 with a home run, a double and two RBIs in Friday's 4-3 win over Texas.
Impact: Grossman had been struggling big time with five hits in 37 at-bats over his previous 13 games.