Houston Astros in Fantasy: Week 2 Preview

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The Houston Astros finished the week with a record of 3-3. After week one, the Astros are exactly where most of us thought they would be. They are also a hard team to figure out, or count on from day-to-day. With the exception of Asher Wojciechowski‘s first start, the starting rotation has been solid. Before we preview week two, let’s look at the Huysman’s stock up or down from week one.

Stock Up

  1. Jake Marisnick – Jake is leading the Astros in Maris-hits with six. He has an impressive slash line of .400/ .412/ .677/ 1.078, He is the Astros MVP of week one.
  2. Jason Castro – Castro has rediscovered his 2013 swing that made him a top catching target in 2014.
  3. Dallas Keuchel – Not that his stock was down, but he was not considered an ace by most fantasy owners. His two starts this week should help improve his reputation. He went 1-o/ 1.29 ERA/ seven strikeouts in 14 innings. The Astros won both his starts.
  4. Will Harris – “Everyday Will” is tied with Sam Deduno for most innings out of the Astros bullpen. In week one, Harris went 1 – 0/ 0.00 ERA/ five strikeouts in five innings pitched.

Stock Down

  1. Evan Gattis – Gattis is the Astros new strikeout leader, and sometimes he looks like he has no idea what he is doing at the plate. He is 0 for 20 on the season, getting on base for the first time today with a walk.
  2. Chris Carter – Carter is batting 0.53, 1 for 19 with a walk. Slow start for the slugger.
  3. Luis Valbuena – following an off day on Friday, Valbuena show signs of life out of the third spot in the batting order. He is batting 0.143/ one home run/ one RBI.
  4. Asher Wojciechowski – The much-anticipated debut for Wojciechowski did not go the way they would have liked it. He went 0 – 1/ 9.00 ERA/ two strikeouts in four innings pitched.
  5. Joe Thatcher – He has pitched 2/3 of an inning in 3 games, with a 13.50 ERA and two strikeouts. He seems to be the odd man out when Josh Fields is ready to return.

Apr 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Colby Rasmus (28) and center fielder Jake Marisnick (6) and right fielder George Springer (4) celebrate beating the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Houston won 6-4 in 14 innings. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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Jason Castro – Up 2%

Chris Carter – Down 3%

Jed Lowrie – Up 1%

Luis Valbuena – Down 2%

Jake Marisnick – Up 1%

Colby Rasmus – Down 2%

Scott Feldman – Up 8%

Luke Gregerson – Up 7%

Evan Gattis – Down 1%

Minors

Carlos Correa – Up 1%

Brett Phillips – Up 1%

Pitching Matchups

Monday April 13 – Scott Feldman (0-1, 1.35 ERA) versus Scott Kazmir (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

  • Scott Kazmir (2014): On the road, Kazmir went 7 – 5/ 3.46 ERA/ 82 SO
  • Scott Feldman (2014): At home, Feldman went 6 – 5/ 3.69 ERA/ 51 SO

Tuesday April 14 – Asher Wojciechowski (0-1, 9.00 ERA) versus Kendall Graveman (0 – 1, 18.90 ERA)

  • Kendall Graveman (2014): On the road, Graveman went 0 – 0/ 13.50 ERA/ 1 SO
  • Asher Wojciechowski (2014): Minors

Wednesday April 15 –  Collin McHugh (1-0, 1.50 ERA) versus Drew Pomeranz (1 – 0, 0.00 ERA)

  • Drew Pomeranz (2014): On the road, Pomeranz went 1 – 3/ 1.42 ERA/ 30 SO
  • Collin McHugh (2014): At home, McHugh went 7- 6/ 3.41 ERA/ 89 SO

Friday April 10 – Roberto Hernandez (0-1, 1.93 ERA) versus Jered Weaver (0-2, 8.71 ERA)

  • Jered Weaver (2014): On the Road, Weaver went 8-5/ 4.70 ERA/ 65 SO in 95.2 innings
  • Roberto Hernandez (2014): At home, Hernandez went 2 – 8/ 3.86 ERA/ 56 SO

Saturday April 11 – Dallas Keuchel (1 – 0, 1.29 ERA) versus C.J. Wilson (1 – 1, 3.95 ERA)

  • C.J.Wilson (2014): On the road, Wilson went 4 – 8/ 4.37 ERA/ 49 SO
  • Dallas Keuchel (2014): At home, At home, Keuchel went 4 – 5/ 3.04 ERA/ 82 SO.

Sunday April 12 – Scott Feldman versus Matt Shoemaker

  • Matt Shoemaker (2014): On the road, Shoemaker went 7 – 1/ 4.37 ERA/ 44 SO
  • Scott Feldman (2014): At home, Feldman went 6 – 5/ 3.69 ERA/ 51 SO

Two Start Pitchers

  • Scott Feldman

Must Start Pitchers

  • Scott Feldman
  • Collin McHugh
  • Dallas Keuchel

Hitters to Start this Week

Hitters to Consider Sitting

  • Luis Valbuena
  • Evan Gattis

The Astros are struggling offensively but have still won and lost three games. Chris Carter and Evan Gattis will break out of their funk, and you don’t want them to be on your bench when they go off for two homers in a game. This lineup has shown that it can score without the middle of the lineup, but how long will that last? Gattis is too much a liability right now with zero hits and 13 strikeouts. Monitor Gattis’s progress through the week and it will be a day-to-day decision to start him or not.

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