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AL West Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
11-10 5-5 L1
9-10 5-5 W3
9-11 3-7 L2
8-12 5-5 L1
7-14 3-7 W1

Top Astros News

  • Astros' Framber Valdez: Throws bullpen session

    Valdez (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Saturday's session marks the first time Valdez has thrown off a mound since elbow inflammation sent him to the injured list April 9. The Astros will wait to see how he recovers before determining his next steps, though manager Joe Espada said it's still possible the 30-year-old southpaw is able to return without embarking on a rehab assignment.

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  • Astros' Jake Meyers: Losing work to Dubon

    Meyers isn't in the Astros' lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Meyers will sit down for the third consecutive game Saturday in favor of Mauricio Dubon, who is batting .319 on the year and has posted a 1.158 OPS across his last five games. Given Meyers' declining production at the plate, he may end up dropping down the depth chart if Dubon is able to continue his hot streak.

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  • Astros' Kyle Tucker: Busy night on basepaths

    Tucker went 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, two runs scored and two stolen bases in Friday's 4-2 win over the Nationals.

    The Astros went 5-for-5 on steal attempts during the contest, with Tucker leading the track meet. The 27-year-old outfielder has reached base safely in eight straight games, slashing .308/.514/.808 over that stretch with three homers, three stolen bases, eight runs, eight RBI and a stunning 11:4 BB:K. After missing his first career 30-30 campaign by a single homer last season, Tucker seems focused on reaching the milestone in 2024.

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  • Astros' Josh Hader: Escapes with second save

    Hader gave up a run on two hits and a walk in the ninth inning Friday, recording his second save of the season in a 4-2 win over the Nationals. He struck out two.

    It was another bumpy outing for the left-hander, but after CJ Abrams came around to score following a leadoff triple, Hader was able to strike out Joey Meneses and Nick Senzel with runners on first and second to end the threat. Hader's been tagged for runs in five of his 11 appearances to begin the season, and his control and command both seem to be lacking so far. He carries an 8.38 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 16:5 K:BB through 9.2 innings, but the strikeouts at least are a sign that he should turn things around.

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  • Astros' Justin Verlander: Secures win in season debut

    Verlander (1-0) picked up the win in Friday's 4-2 victory over the Nationals, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out four without walking a batter.

    The 41-year-old right-hander didn't look like a pitcher who had missed the first three-plus weeks of the season on the IL due to shoulder trouble. Verlander fired 50 of 78 pitches for strikes, and his two fastest pitches of the night -- 95.0 and 94.9 mph four-seamers to Jesse Winker -- came against the final batter he faced. The Astros will likely keep a careful eye on his workload, but Verlander looks ready to step into his usual role at the top of the rotation. He lines up to make his next trip to the mound next week on the road against the Cubs.

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  • Astros' Jeremy Pena: Another multi-hit effort

    Pena went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base Friday against the Nationals.

    Pena delivered an RBI double in the second inning and scored in the same frame. He also chipped in his third stolen base of the season after singling in the fifth frame. Pena has at least one hit in 11 of his last 12 games, and he's gone 18-for-51 with three RBI and seven runs scored.

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  • Astros' Yainer Diaz: Tallies ninth RBI

    Diaz went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored Friday against the Nationals.

    Diaz got the scoring started for Houston with an RBI double in the second inning before coming around to score. Friday's effort marked his fourth multi-hit performance in his last 10 games, during which he's gone 12-for-41 with five RBI and five runs scored.

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  • Astros' Mauricio Dubon: Remains productive

    Dubon went 3-for-4 with an RBI on Friday against the Nationals.

    Dubon started in center field and hit ninth, which marked his ninth start in the last 11 games. In that span, he's gone 13-for-36 with a home run, nine RBI and a stolen base. Dubon has primarily cut into Jake Meyers' playing time, and that could continue so long as he remains hot at the plate.

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  • Astros' Ryan Pressly: Turns in clean outing

    Pressly allowed one hit and struck out one across a scoreless inning to earn a hold Friday against the Nationals.

    Pressly had significant struggles to begin the season, allowing six earned runs across his first 2.2 innings of work. While his ratios are still affected, he's since allowed only one earned run across his last five frames while maintaining a 7:3 K:BB in that span. Josh Hader converted the save in Friday's win, though he has allowed at least one earned in five of his 11 appearances to this point.

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  • Astros' Jake Meyers: Sits again Friday

    Meyers is out of the lineup for Friday's game at Washington.

    It's the second straight game on the bench for Meyers, who has a .584 OPS over his past 11 contests. Mauricio Dubon is starting in center field Friday and could carve out a larger share of playing time if he can continue his hot stretch at the plate.

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  • Astros' Framber Valdez: Nearing mound work

    Astros manager Joe Espada said Valdez (elbow) played catch Friday and could throw off a mound as soon as Saturday or Sunday, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    The left-hander quickly resumed throwing after landing on the injured list April 9 with elbow inflammation, and his return to mound work will be another encouraging step. Valdez won't be ready to return from the injured list when first eligible next week, but given his current progression he could seemingly be back with the Astros sometime in early May.

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  • Astros' Justin Verlander: Reinstated ahead of season debut

    Verlander (shoulder) was reinstated from the 15-day injured list and is starting Friday against the Nationals.

    Verlander missed the first few weeks of the season rehabbing from a shoulder issue but will make his 2024 debut Friday in Washington. According to Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle, manager Joe Espada said the Astros plan to limit the veteran right-hander to around 80-85 pitches, which would be a minor increase on the 77 pitches Verlander threw in his final rehab start.

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  • Astros' Yordan Alvarez: Smacks fifth homer

    Alvarez went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored Wednesday against Atlanta.

    Alvarez took lefty Max Fried deep in the first inning to tally his fifth homer of the season. He had been quiet with the bat in seven games prior, during which he tallied no extra-base hits and batted just .136. Overall, Alvarez's line looks quite similar to expectations, as he's maintained a .289 average and .526 slugging percentage across the first 88 plate appearances of the campaign.

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  • Astros' Jose Altuve: Swipes second bag

    Altuve went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-inning loss to Atlanta.

    The veteran second baseman racked up his fifth multi-hit performance over the last seven games, a stretch in which Altuve is batting a blistering .467 (14-for-30). He was hardly cold before that though, and he's failed to collect a hit in only one of his first 20 games. On the season, Altuve is slashing .388/.462/.675 with five homers, two steals, seven RBI and 15 runs scored.

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  • Astros' Mauricio Dubon: Pops first homer of 2024

    Dubon went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-inning loss to Atlanta.

    Getting the start in center field and batting seventh, Dubon took Jesse Chavez deep in the sixth inning to give the Astros a 4-2 lead that the bullpen couldn't protect. The 29-year-old utility player has hit safely in four straight games and six of the last seven as he pushes Jake Meyers for playing time in center. On the season Dubon is batting .279 (12-for-43) with one homer, one steal, four runs and 10 RBI.

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  • Astros' J.P. France: Hit hard in no-decision

    France came away with a no-decision in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-inning loss to Atlanta, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out four.

    While his final numbers were solid, three of the hits off France went for extra bases, including no-doubt solo homers by Marcell Ozuna and Ronald Acuna. The right-hander tossed 51 of 90 pitches for strikes, and while this was his best performance of the season so far, his spot in the rotation only seems safe because Houston lacks healthy options to replace him. France will take a 7.08 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 16:8 K:BB through 20.1 innings into his next outing, scheduled to come on the road next week against the Cubs.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .272
(2nd)
92
(16th)
24
(6th)
5.13
(29th)

Injuries

Player Injury
F. Valdez SP Framber Valdez SP Elbow
L. Garcia SP Luis Garcia SP Elbow
L. McCullers SP Lance McCullers SP Forearm
J. Urquidy SP Jose Urquidy SP Forearm
O. Ortega RP Oliver Ortega RP Elbow

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