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Pirates | Chris Stewart remains out

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:10:05 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Chris Stewart is not in the starting lineup against San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner Monday, June 20. C Erik Kratz will start at catcher and is batting eighth in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Kratz has only one hit in his last 15 at-bats and should not be a starting option in any fantasy league.

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Pirates | Chris Stewart on the bench

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:41:59 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Chris Stewart is not in the starting lineup against St. Louis Cardinals SP Mike Leake Sunday, June 12. C Erik Kratz will be the starting catcher and is batting eighth in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Kratz was acquired a few days ago and has not had much success at the plate this season. Kratz should not be used in any league.

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Pirates | Erik Kratz acquired

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 09:14:47 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired C Erik Kratz from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Saturday, June 11, in exchange for cash considerations.

Fantasy Tip: With Francisco Cervelli (hand) on the DL and sidelined for a while, Kratz and Chris Stewart will likely share the catching duties for the Bucs. Kratz has only two hits in 33 at-bats this year, though, so don't expect much out of him if you're desperate for a second catcher in two-catcher or deep NL-only leagues.

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Astros | Erik Kratz draws rare start Tuesday

Tue, 10 May 2016 14:24:06 -0700

Houston Astros C Erik Kratz is starting Tuesday, May 10, and batting ninth versus Cleveland Indians SP Trevor Bauer.

Fantasy Tip: Jason Castro just landed on the paternity list, which frees up some starts at catcher for either Kratz or the newly promoted Max Stassi. Owners should remember, though, that being on paternity leave only involves a few days, at most, away from the team, so Castro will be back soon anyway to reclaim his job. As for tonight, Kratz and his .048 batting average can be avoided in all daily games.

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Astros | Jason Castro not in lineup

Thu, 05 May 2016 14:31:40 -0700

Houston Astros C Jason Castro (rest) is not in the batting order Thursday, May 5. C Erik Kratz will start in his place and bat eighth opposite Seattle Mariners SP Wade Miley.

Fantasy Tip: With a lefty on the mound, Castro gets the night off, which is unfortunate for him, as his bat is finally coming to life, having at least one hit in six straight contests to get his average up above the Mendoza Line. Kratz, on the other hand, never has a live bat, hence why he's hitting 1-for-19 (.053) thus far this season. He can be left on every waiver wire imaginable.

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Astros | Luis Valbuena, Jason Castro out

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:17:10 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena and C Jason Castro are not in the starting lineup against Oakland Athletics SP Sean Manaea Friday, April 29. SS Marwin Gonzalez will start at third base and is batting eighth, while C Erik Kratz will start at catcher and is batting ninth.

Fantasy Tip: Gonzalez has gone 4-for-15 with one home run and one RBI over the last seven days and is not a strong option in most leagues. Kratz is hitting only .069 this season and should be avoided in all leagues.

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Astros | Preston Tucker, Jason Castro out

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:44:52 -0700

Houston Astros OF Preston Tucker and C Jason Castro are not in the starting lineup Monday, April 25. OF Evan Gattis is serving as the designated hitter and batting sixth, while C Erik Kratz is behind the plate and is hitting ninth against Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker.

Fantasy Tip: Gattis is starting to see more of the starts as the DH over Tucker, which limits Tucker's value to cavernous mixed and AL-only leagues. Gattis is hitting only .212 in the early going and hasn't gone deep yet in 32 at-bats, so he's a risky play against the strong Walker Monday night. Kratz should be ignored everywhere.

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Astros | Jason Castro sitting out vs. Boston

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:11:58 -0700

Houston Astros C Jason Castro is not in the starting lineup Friday, April 22. C Erik Kratz is starting behind the plate and batting ninth against Boston Red Sox SP Steven Wright Friday.

Fantasy Tip: Castro has negatively regressed annually since his 2013 breakout and currently sits with a .132/.214/.237 slash line to start 2016. At this point, he is nothing more than a desperation fantasy option. Kratz is 0-for-11 to start this season and cannot be started with confidence in any fantasy format Friday.

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Astros | Jason Castro sitting out

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:40:07 -0700

Houston Astros C Jason Castro is not in the starting lineup against Detroit Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez Sunday, April 17. C Erik Kratz will start at catcher and is batting eighth.

Fantasy Tip: Kratz is not a strong candidate for daily fantasy leagues and should be a avoided in all leagues.

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Astros | Jason Castro out Tuesday

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:39:32 -0700

Houston Astros C Jason Castro is not in the lineup Tuesday, April 12, against the Kansas City Royals. C Erik Kratz is hitting ninth in Castro's place.

Fantasy Tip: This appears to be a normal night off for Castro, but Kratz is hitless and doesn't have fantasy value so look elsewhere for catching help.

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