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  • Kyle Tucker Still Dealing With An Illness

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker (illness) was a late scratch for Saturday's game against the Cleveland Guardians as he continues to deal with an illness. The 25-year-old will now have missed three straight games. He is considered day-to-day with his next chance to return will be Sunday for the series finale against the Guardians. Tucker is slashing .241/.328/.448 19 home runs, 67 RBI, 44 runs, and 16 stolen bases over 99 games in 2022. Chas McCormick will continue to fill in at right field while Tucker is sidelined.

    Aug 6 · Source via Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Kyle Tucker Returns To The Lineup Saturday

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker (illness) will bat fifth and play right field Saturday against the Cleveland Guardians. He was scratched from Thursday's lineup with an illness and missed the team's last two games. The 25-year-old is slashing .241/.328/.448 with 19 home runs, 67 RBI, 44 runs, and 16 stolen bases over 99 games in 2022. He is one of the most consistent hitters in baseball and 11th in league with 11 steals. Although Tucker is hitting .200 (2-for-10) over four games in August, fantasy managers can start Tucker in all league formats.

    Aug 6 · Source via Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Framber Valdez Earns The Victory Friday

    Houston Astros left-hander Framber Valdez completed 6 1/3 innings of work on Friday and got his 10th win when his team beat the Cleveland Guardians 9-3. He allowed three runs on seven hits and had just three strikeouts with three walks. His 21.7% strikeout rate doesn't do much for fantasy managers, but Valdez has been great at preventing runs this season, posting a 2.87 ERA and 3.30 FIP. His 1.15 WHIP is impressive, too, and the fact that he plays on the Astros means he's rosterable in every fantasy league.

    Aug 6 · Source via Astros Framber Valdez
  • Jason Castro Could Consider Retirement

    Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro (knee), who underwent season-ending surgery on his left knee on July 26 to fix a torn meniscus, said he hasn't made a decision about his future after considering retirement in the spring after the 2022 season. "I'm non-weight-bearing for six weeks, so it's going to be difficult to kind of do much in that timetable, but once I'm back and able to be mobile and not be a burden and in the way, I'm going to be around as much as possible," Castro said. Before his injury, the 35-year-old was hitting just .115/.205/.179 with a homer, three RBI, six runs scored and one stolen base in 78 at-bats. If this is the end for Castro, he'll finish his major league career with a .227/.312/.387 slash line, 97 home runs, 325 RBI, 368 runs scored and six stolen bases in 12 seasons with the Astros, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres.

    Aug 6 · Source via Astros Jason Castro
  • Lance McCullers Jr. To Make Another Rehab Start Sunday

    Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm), who was injured in last year's postseason, will make his fourth minor league rehab start for Triple-A Sugar Land on Sunday and could then face a decision on whether he's ready to be activated from the injured list. McCullers allowed two earned runs on three hits while striking out five and walking three in 3 1/3 innings for Sugar Land in his previous rehab start on Aug. 2. The 28-year-old tossed 76 pitches, so he's close to being fully built up for a starting role. Although he led the majors with 76 walks in 28 starts last year, McCullers also had a 3.16 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and a career-high 185 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings. McCullers could be a difference-maker for fantasy managers to close out the second half of the season.

    Aug 6 · Source via Astros Lance McCullers Jr.
  • Aledmys Diaz Dealing With Thumb Injury

    Houston Astros utility man Aledmys Diaz (thumb) was out of Friday's lineup due to a thumb injury he sustained in an outfield collision on Thursday. "It's negative; no broken bones or anything," manager Dusty Baker said of Daz's finger. "He might be available to pinch hit later, but [he'll] probably be more available [Saturday]." Fantasy managers should consider Diaz day-to-day. The 32-year-old veteran infielder has been swinging a hot bat lately and is slashing .251/.309/.414 with nine home runs, 26 RBI, 29 runs scored and one stolen base in 227 at-bats for Houston in 2022. Diaz is useful for infield depth in deeper fantasy leagues.

    Aug 6 · Source via Astros Aledmys Diaz
  • Kyle Tucker On The Bench Again Friday

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker (illness) remains out of the starting lineup on Friday against the Cleveland Guardians. Tucker was scratched from Thursday's lineup with an illness, and he will remain on the bench for another game. Chas McCormick is getting the start in right field and will hit seventh against Guardians right-handed rookie Hunter Gaddis, who is making his MLB debut. McCormick hasn't hit for much average this year (.236 in 265 plate appearances), but he does have 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 76 games played. In the last week, he's gone 4-for-12 (.333) with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored in five games. He'll be a mediocre low-cost DFS target hitting near the bottom of Houston's lineup Friday.

    Aug 5 · Source via Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Michael Brantley Still Hasn't Resumed Swinging

    Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley (shoulder) hasn't resumed swinging a bat and said he has "no timetable" for a return from the injured list. "I don't want to put a timetable on that because then I don't know if it's pushing too hard or not pushing hard enough. It's literally day by day," Brantley said. The 35-year-old veteran outfielder landed on the injured list on June 28 and doesn't appear to be anywhere close to returning to the major league roster. At this point, a return before September might be optimistic. The addition of veteran slugger Trey Mancini at the trade deadline should help soften the blow with Brantley out. In 243 at-bats before his injury, Brantley was hitting a solid .288/.370/.416 with five homers, 26 RBI, 28 runs scored and a stolen base.

    Aug 5 · Source via Astros Michael Brantley
  • Justin Verlander Reaches 130 Innings Pitched, Vests 2023 Player Option

    Justin Verlander breezed through the Guardians lineup tonight, tossing six innings of scoreless ball. It was another dominant performance in a season full of them for the AL Cy Young award contender, and today’s start also marked a notable contractual development. Verlander reached 130 innings on the season, meaning he’s officially vested a $25MM player…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Astros Justin Verlander
  • Kyle Tucker Scratched With Illness

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker (illness) was scratched from the starting lineup on Thursday against the Cleveland Guardians, according to the team. Aledmys Diaz will get the nod in left field and will bat fifth in the batting order against Guardians right-hander Zach Plesac. Fantasy managers should consider Tucker day-to-day and remove him from their starting lineups. Diaz isnt a bad low-cost DFS play in the matchup against Cleveland. He's hitting .349 (15-for-43) with three home runs, five RBI and eight runs scored in 12 games over the last two weeks. Overall, Diaz is hitting .256/.311/.422 with nine home runs, 26 RBI, 28 runs scored and one stolen base in 69 games played.

    Aug 4 · Source via Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Astros Catcher Jason Castro Out For Season Due To Knee Surgery

    The Astros announced today that catcher Jason Castro was moved to the 60-day IL due to knee surgery.  According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, Castro underwent surgery last week, and is out for the season.  Back in March, Rome reported that Castro was considering retirement after the season.  So it’s quite possible that…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Astros Jason Castro
  • William Smith Headed To Houston

    The Houston Astros acquired relief pitcher William Smith from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi Monday amidst a number of moves, per Fox 26's Mark Berman. Smith was serving the role of late-inning pitcher behind Kenley Jansen and will now fall into that same role behind Ryan Pressly. The veteran has had a lackluster season to this point, compiling a 4.38 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with five of eight save opportunities converted. That being said, Smith has been a reliable late-innings pitcher throughout his career and should bolster the Astros' bullpen. In terms of fantasy, Smith's value will remain relatively low, as he will not see consistent save opportunities unless injuries occur.

    Aug 2 · Source via Braves Astros Will Smith closers
  • Jake Odorizzi Acquired By Braves

    The Atlanta Braves acquired starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the Houston Astros in exchange for relief pitcher Will Smith Monday, per Fox 26's Mark Berman. The Braves also traded for outfielder Robbie Grossman in a separate move. Odorizzi missed some time earlier in the season with left leg discomfort but he has produced a respectable 3.75 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 18.8% strikeout rate over 12 starts. Even better for the Braves, the veteran has only logged 60 innings so far this season, so he should be able to eat a chunk of innings for the rest of the regular season and allow some of the Braves' younger arms to rest a bit. Odorizzi is moving from one strong team to another, so his fantasy value won't be all that affected. He remains a streaming option in favorable matchups in deeper leagues at this time.

    Aug 2 · Source via Astros Jake Odorizzi
  • Alex Bregman Placed On Paternity List

    The Houston Astros placed third baseman Alex Bregman on the paternity list on Monday and recalled infielder Taylor Jones from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Bregman will be away from the team for up to three days to be with his wife, so fantasy managers need to act accordingly to begin the week. The 28-year-old finished the month of July slashing .242/.321/.455 with four home runs, 17 RBI and 14 runs scored in 26 games, and he's now hitting .242 on the year with 13 home runs, 55 RBI and 53 runs scored in 420 plate appearances. Aledmys Diaz is starting at third base and hitting cleanup on Monday against Boston Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. Diaz finished the month of July on a tear, going 12-for-36 (.333) with three home runs and four RBI in 10 games.

    Aug 1 · Source via Astros Alex Bregman
  • Rays Acquire Jose Siri In Three-Team Deal

    The Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder Jose Siri from the Houston Astros on Monday in a three-team deal that also involved the Baltimore Orioles sending first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini and right-hander Jayden Murray to the Astros for right-handers Seth Johnson and Chayce McDermott, according to sources. Siri was great for the Astros in 21 games in his rookie season in 2021, hitting .304/.347/.609 with a .956 OPS, four home runs, nine RBI, 10 runs scored and three stolen bases. However, he's really struggled in 48 games for Houston in 2022, slashing just .178/.238/.304 with three homers, 10 RBI, 18 runs scored and six stolen bases in 147 plate appearances. Tampa is expected to designate outfielder Brett Phillips for assignment to make room for Siri on the active roster.

    Aug 1 · Source via Astros Orioles Rays Trey Mancini Brett Phillips Jose Siri
  • Jake Odorizzi Throws Seven Scoreless Innings

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi was at his best Sunday, throwing seven scoreless innings against the Seattle Mariners, though he was not able to earn the win after reliever Ryne Stanek gave up the lead in the eighth inning. Odorizzi allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out eight batters. He has a 4-3 record with a 3.75 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 46 strikeouts in 60 innings over 12 starts this season. Odorizzi's name has come up in trade rumors despite his success, and his fantasy value could take a hit, depending on his destination if he is moved.

    Aug 1 · Source via Astros Jake Odorizzi
  • Yuli Gurriel Steals Sixth Base Thursday

    Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel went 1-for-3 with a run scored and his sixth stolen base of the season in Thursday's 4-2 win over the division-rival Seattle Mariners. His six stolen bases this year is a career-high after he swiped a combined six stolen bases in the last three seasons. Otherwise, the 38-year-old has been a bit of a disappointment with the bat for fantasy owners, slashing .238/.291/.390 with seven home runs, 27 RBI and 33 runs scored in 91 games for the first-place Astros. It comes after he hit a league-high .319 in 143 games in 2021. Gurriel has at least been better in July, going 21-for-76 (.276) with a homer, seven doubles, three steals and six RBI in 22 games.

    Jul 29 · Source via Astros Yuli Gurriel
  • Lance McCullers Jr. Throws 52 Pitches In Rehab Start

    Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm) allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out four across three innings in Tuesday's rehab start with Triple-A Sugar Land. He threw 40 pitches over two frames in his previous rehab outing. The 28-year-old will continue to ramp up his activity as he works his way back from a forearm injury suffered during the Astros' 2021 playoff run. Barring any setbacks, he is on target to return in August. McCullers owned a 3.16 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 185 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings in 2021. Fantasy managers should continue to stash McCullers in all league formats.

    Jul 27 · Source via Astros Lance McCullers Jr.
  • Michael Brantley Still Yet To Swing A Bat

    Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley (shoulder) has yet to begin swinging a bat, according to Astros manager Dusty Baker. Brantley has been sidelined since late June due to right shoulder discomfort. His timeline is undefined right now as he still has several hurdles to clear before returning to the majors. The 35-year-old has turned in another solid season for the Astros thus far. Over 64 games, he's slashed .288/.370/.416 with five home runs, 26 RBI and 28 runs.

    Jul 27 · Source via Astros Michael Brantley
  • Kyle Tucker Homers, Walks Twice On Tuesday

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker had a solid day at the plate in the team's 5-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. He went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and two walks in the game. Tucker now has 19 home runs, 64 RBI and 42 runs on the year to go along with 16 stolen bases and a .251/.341/.471 slash line. He's maintaining a career-best 49.2% fly ball rate, but he's unfortunately paired that with career-lows in both hard-hit rate (38.3%) and average exit velocity (89.5 mph). If he can keep his fly ball rate intact while tapping into last year's hard contact metrics (47.5% hard-hit rate, 91.4 mph average exit velocity), he could be in for a strong finish to the 2022 season.

    Jul 27 · Source via Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Jose Altuve Retreats To The Bench On Tuesday

    Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is getting the day off on Tuesday as the team takes on right-hander Frankie Montas and the Oakland Athletics. Aledmys Diaz will be handling second base duties for the game. This will be Altuve's first day off since the All-Star break. Altuve homered twice this past weekend and he has scored a total of five runs over six games since the break. The 32-year-old veteran owns a stellar .277/.363/.518 slash line this year to go along with 19 home runs, 36 RBI and 54 runs.

    Jul 26 · Source via Astros Jose Altuve
  • Jake Meyers Goes Hitless In Return

    Houston Astros outfielder Jake Meyers (elbow) returned to the starting lineup on Monday against the Oakland Athletics after sitting out on Sunday with a bruised elbow, and he went 0-for-4 to drop his season line to .238/.293/.345 in 84 at-bats. The 26-year-old got a late start to the season but looked good initially before tailing off at the plate. He's hitting .238 (15-for-63) with a homer, 10 RBI, eight runs scored and 19 strikeouts in 18 games in the month of July. Until he starts to show some signs of life at the plate, fantasy managers in deeper leagues might want to keep him planted on their bench.

    Jul 26 · Source via Astros Jacob Meyers
  • Jake Odorizzi Exits With Blister On Monday

    Houston Astros right-hander Jake Odorizzi (finger) was removed from Monday's start against the Oakland Athletics after a blister developed on one of the fingers of his right hand. The 32-year-old spoke to the press after the game and stated that it was the type of ailment he'd pitched through in the past. He tried to pitch through it again on Monday, but the team wound up electing to remove him from the game instead. It was an ugly day for the veteran as he went five innings and allowed seven hits, one walk and six earned runs while striking out two. The Astros are going with a six-man rotation right now and Odorizzi seems like the most logical pitcher to cut from the rotation if the team chooses to go back down to five starters. As of now, he's slated to make his next start this coming Sunday against the Seattle Mariners.

    Jul 26 · Source via Astros Jake Odorizzi
  • Yordan Alvarez Returns Against A's

    Houston Astros outfielder/designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (hand) is back in the starting lineup on Monday against right-hander Adam Oller and the Oakland Athletics, serving as the DH and hitting third in the batting order. Alvarez took a seat on Sunday due to a sore right hand, but he's back in there for fantasy managers in the series opener against Oakland. The 25-year-old left-handed slugger is a must-start when he's in the lineup, as he's hitting .307/.407/.668 with a 1.075 OPS, 28 home runs, 65 RBI and 61 runs scored in 277 at-bats in 2022. His .668 slugging percentage, 1.075 OPS and 200 OPS+ all lead the majors.

    Jul 25 · Source via Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Astros To Monitor Yordan Alvarez's Hand Going Forward

    Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez (hand) was held out of Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners as a precaution. The 25-year-old is dealing with right hand soreness, which is related to the right hand inflammation that caused him to miss a few weeks until his recent return. On Sunday, Astros manager Dusty Baker stated that the Astros will have to monitor Alvarez's hand throughout the season, meaning he'll get some off days here and there going forward. While this is concerning news on multiple fronts -- most notably the fact that his hand is not yet 100% -- fantasy managers should resist panicking about the news. Alvarez has homered twice since his return from the injured list so he should continue to rake while he deals with the injury. Hopefully, some extra rest days will allow him to be fully healthy for the final stretch of the season.

    Jul 25 · Source via Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Yordan Alvarez Resting Against Mariners Sunday

    Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against left-hander Robbie Ray and the Seattle Mariners. Kyle Tucker will be slotting in as the team's designated hitter for the contest. Alvarez was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to the team's first game out of the All-Star break. He's looked great since his return, racking up two homers and a double across three starts. The 25-year-old owns a stellar .307/.407/.668 slash line on the year to go along with 28 homers and 65 RBI.

    Jul 24 · Source via Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Ryan Pressly Returns From Paternity List

    The Houston Astros activated closer Ryan Pressly from the paternity list on Sunday. He will be available out of the bullpen for Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners. Pressly and his wife Kat welcomed a daughter named Hunter this past week. The team had three save opportunities pop up while Pressly was tending to his fatherly duties. Each opportunity went to a different Astros reliever, with Rafael Montero, Hector Neris and Bryan Abreu each converting their save chance. Pressly has converted 16 of his last 17 save chances dating back to early May. He owns a 2.89 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP on the year to go along with 19 saves.

    Jul 24 · Source via Astros Ryan Pressly closers
  • Jose Urquidy Earns Ninth Win

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Jose Urquidy earned his ninth win of the season Friday, allowing one run on four hits and two walks in six innings against the Seattle Mariners. He struck out three batters. Urquidy has now delivered seven consecutive quality starts, improving his ERA from 5.04 to 3.93 in that span. He also has a 1.23 WHIP and 77 strikeouts in 100 2/3 innings this season. He's worth adding while he's on this hot streak.

    Jul 23 · Source via Astros Jose Urquidy
  • Jose Altuve Homers In Three-Hit Game

    Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored against the Seattle Mariners Friday, leading the team to a 5-2 victory over the division rivals. It's Altuve's first multiple-hit game since July 3, and he raised his season slash line to .276/.366/.519 with the performance. Altuve has 18 homers, eight steals, 52 runs scored, and 32 RBI in 293 at-bats this year. He remains among the very best fantasy options in the game at second base.

    Jul 23 · Source via Astros Jose Altuve
  • Lance McCullers Jr. Allows One Run In Rehab Outing

    Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm) allowed an earned run on three hits while striking out three, walking none and hitting one batter in two innings of work in his first minor league rehab outing with Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday. He was able to throw 28 of his 40 pitches for strikes. It was McCullers' first game action since the playoffs last year. The 28-year-old will certainly need at least several more rehab outings before the Astros are comfortable activating him for his 2022 season debut in their starting rotation. It remains to be seen how effective he'll be immediately upon his return after such a long layoff, but he needs to be stashed in all fantasy formats after going 13-5 in 2021 with a 3.16 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 185 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings over 28 regular season starts.

    Jul 23 · Source via Astros Lance McCullers Jr.
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