Houston Astros news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:55:26 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Make sure to remove Castro from your fantasy lineups Friday. Conger ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) is nothing more than a desparation play for FantasyScore contests Friday. He has a single hit through 12 plate appearances for the season, and he has a career .190 batting average against left-handed pitchers.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:11:56 -0700
Fantasy Tip: This has been a consistent lefty vs. righty and vice versa platoon. Make sure to avoid Fuld ($2,200, 4.4% of cap) in all fantasy formats Friday, and Gentry ($2,200, 4.4% of cap) is likely not worth starting, either. Gentry has gone 0-for-22 to start the season, after all.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:55:02 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Carter is 6-for-49 (.122) on the season, but half of those hits have come in the last two days. It's a good sign that he is starting to turn it around. At $4,200 (8.4% of your cap), Carter's power is worth the midrange price on FantasyScore.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:31:59 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Wojciechowski ($3,000; 6.0% of cap) could very well end up with a regular rotation spot if he can pitch with some consistency. At this price level he is a steal in FantasyScore if he continues to start.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:31:27 -0700
Fantasy Tip: With Peacock on the shelf, Asher Wojciechowski started in Peacock's rotation spot Monday in Seattle and could be a low-end FantasyScore sleeper at $3,000 (or 6.0% of cap) going forward.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:47:41 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Smith ($2,500, 5.0% of cap) has gone 7-for-24 against right-handed pitchers this season, and batting atop the lineup is a nice value boost for his fantasy stock Wednesday. He makes for a nice low-priced flier in FantasyScore contests.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:03:21 -0700
Houston Astros RP Luke Gregerson hasn't allowed a run and has struck out seven and walked one in seven outings in 2015. His fastball velocity has been in the 89-90 mph range the last three years, and Gregerson added 15 pounds of muscle this offseason to make sure he came out of the gates throwing harder. "Last year I came out throwing 87-88, and right now I'm more 88 to 90. I feel like my velocity is, I shouldn't say back -- I was 90-93 my first couple years, but I feel like maybe those things I was doing to strengthen my body and my arm, I feel like they helped." Gregerson is also more focused on the grips of his pitches, and he has been very successful against left-handed hitters. All six of the home runs he allowed in 2014 were to right-handed hitters, and lefties hit just .219 against him in 122 at-bats. Gregerson has become more sinker-heavy against lefties in recent years.
Fantasy Tip: Chad Qualls recorded the save last night against the Seattle Mariners, but it was only because Gregerson had pitched each of the previous three nights. Expect Gregerson to be back out in the ninth tonight if a save chance is on the line. Gregerson is off to a solid start and is owned everywhere.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:46:41 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Hitting at the bottom of Houston's lineup hasn't deterred Marisnick ($2,300, 4.6% of cap) from starting the season off hot. You shouldn't shy away from using him at FantasyScore, and he'll be a solid option for daily lineups again Wednesday against Seattle Mariners starter J.A. Happ.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:31:14 -0700
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, April 21. SS Marwin Gonzalez is starting at shortstop and hitting fifth in the batting order against Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker.
Fantasy Tip: Gonzalez ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) isn't an attractive FantasyScore consideration at the 6 tonight, even going against the struggling Walker. The Astros are playing at pitcher-friendly Safeco Field tonight, too.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:14:28 -0700
Houston Astros SP Collin McHugh is 2-0 with a 0.61 ERA in two career starts against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. He has allowed one run in 14 2/3 innings in those two starts with 16 strikeouts. He gave up just one hit in eight innings in his last start there last September. McHugh is 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA in 2015.
Fantasy Tip: It's a small sample size for McHugh ($5,000, 10.0% of cap), but he should be considered a strong play at FantasyScore at this pitcher's park. McHugh has shown that last year wasn't a fluke.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:31:36 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Gregerson has distanced himself from Chad Qualls and Pat Neshek, and his closer status is pretty solid right now. Gregerson is still available in some mixed leagues and should be picked up. The Astros are 7-6 on the young season, and he presents great return on his late draft pick or waiver claim.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:10:21 -0700
Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena hit two solo home runs in the victory over the Seattle Mariners Monday, April 20, and it was his fifth home run in the past seven games and second career multi-homer game. Valbuena, a career .229 hitter, is hitting .323 since April 11.
Fantasy Tip: Valbuena ($2,500, 5.0% of cap) is playing out of his mind right now in the early going. He does have double-digit home run power, though, as he put up 12 and 16 homers, respectively, in the last two seasons. This pace won't last, but he can continue to be a solid fantasy player for his owners with consistent playing time. Continue to ride him at FantasyScore while he's hot.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:15:22 -0700
Houston Astros 1B Chris Carter is not in the starting lineup Monday, April 20. SS Marwin Gonzalez is starting at first base and hitting seventh in the batting order against Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma.
Fantasy Tip: Carter ($4,200, 8.4% of cap) is likely receiving a breather after recording just three hits in his first 40 at-bats (.075) of the season. Gonzalez ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) already has one homer this year, but even against struggling Iwakuma, he's on the low-end of the shortstop spectrum for FantasyScore players, especially in a pitcher's park tonight.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:28:33 -0700
Fantasy Tip: While batter vs. pitcher statistics shouldn't be viewed as guaranteed predictors of success, it is worth noting Altuve ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) has performed well against Iwakuma. However, Altuve also carries a hefty salary at FantasyScore, so you'll have to budget accordingly to fit him into your lineup.
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:23:03 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Altuve ($6,000, 12% of cap) got off to a dismal start at the plate, but he has been warming up as of late. No one should have been upset, because a lot of bats take time to get going in April. Keep playing Altuve in your lineup.
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