Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:17:58 -0700
Houston Astros RP Chad Qualls picked up the save Sunday, April 6.
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:49:06 -0700
Updating a previous report, Houston Astros RPs Matt Albers, Chad Qualls and Joshua Fields will form the team's closer-by-committee, at least to start the year. In the team's opening day win over the New York Yankees Tuesday, April 1, RP Kevin Chapman stranded three inherited runners in the seventh before RP Chad Qualls induced a double-play groundball after the Yanks scored twice in the eighth. Albers worked a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation. "Tonight Qualls and Albers were able to get the job done," manager Bo Porter said. Porter said his choices in the late innings will depend on game circumstances and matchups.
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 06:49:31 -0700
Houston Astros RPs Chad Qualls, Matt Albers and Joshua Fields are amidst the team's closer committee. "A lot of it will depend on the match-ups," pitching coach Brent Strom said. "Obviously, with the one left-hander (Kevin Chapman) we have on the staff, Albers and Qualls qualify as left-handed pitchers given the repertoire and the way they throw. One of the things that Fields brings to the table is the strikeouts, which obviously is an important stat."
Fantasy Tip: Qualls is the safe bet because of his experience, but Fields is the wild card. He possesses a much liver arm and could be thrust into the role with early season success.
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:55:16 -0700
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said the team will likely go with a closer-by-committee to start the season, as none of the five closing options including RPs Chad Qualls, Joshua Fields, Kevin Chapman, Matt Albers and Anthony Bass have separated themselves in the competition for ninth-inning duties. Qualls had appeared to be the favorite at the start of camp.
Fantasy Tip: Qualls is still probably the favorite to get the majority of looks in the ninth inning, and he's the only guy you should be looking to own to start the year. Jesse Crain will start the season on the DL, but once he's healthy, he could easily take the closing duties to himself.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:04:43 -0800
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said RPs Jesse Crain, Chad Qualls and Matt Albers will be considered for closer this year, along with RP Joshua Fields. The team would ideally prefer to have one closer, but it may not be that way to start the year. Experience-wise, Qualls may have a leg up. Porter wants his closer to be able to induce weak groundballs, as well.
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 17:05:22 -0800
The Houston Astros have signed free-agent RP Chad Qualls (Marlins) to a two-year deal worth $6 million. The deal includes an option year worth $3.5 million.
Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:26:14 -0700
The Miami Marlins have recalled P Tom Koehler from Triple-A New Orleans, as a result of RP Chad Qualls being placed on the paternity list.
Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:53:21 -0700
Miami Marlins RP Chad Qualls will be placed on the paternity list Saturday, July 13. He is expected to rejoin the team in Milwaukee after the All-Star break.
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:06:35 -0700
The Miami Marlins are receiving calls about the availability of RPs Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn, Ryan Webb and Chad Qualls.
Mon, 20 May 2013 22:20:36 -0700
Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said following the game Monday, May 20, that Steve Cishek is no longer the only closer. "We're going to use everybody," he said, mentioning Cishek, Chad Qualls and Mike Dunn by name. Qualls was warming up Monday when Miami was holding a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning but was used in the ninth inning in a non-save situation. Left-handed bats are hitting .333 versus Cishek, while right-handed hitters are hitting just .111.
Fantasy Tip: A.J. Ramos might be included in this group as well. Still, this is looking like a messy situation for fantasy purposes. If Cishek improves on his weakness, he'd probably be given a shot to get the job back all to himself, but Redmond won't look to do that in the near future without a clear turnaround from Cishek. Don't drop him, though, as he's probably still the lead option.
Dunn, who likely was unavailable Monday after pitching on two straight days, is your best bet for speculation because he's the chief late-innings lefty and has so far been OK versus right-handed bats. Qualls and Ramos could sneak in deep-league value, as well, but they may cancel each other out often.