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Houston Astros in Fantasy: Week 3 Preview

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The Houston Astros finished the week with a record of 6-6. After week two, the Astros are still hovering around .500, but they are tied for second place in the division. They are also a hard team to figure out, or count on from day-to-day. With the first home runs from Evan Gattis and George Springer this week, we are still waiting for Chris Carter. Before we preview week three, let’s look at the Huysman’s stock up or down from week two.

Stock Up

  1. Jed Lowrie – Lowrie seems to have returned to his 2013 form hitting third in the batting order, hitting two homers batting right-handed.
  2. Jake Marisnick – Jake keeps getting Maris-hits while stealing bases. To add to the lore which is Marisnick, he also added his first home run of the season too.
  3. Jason Castro – His bat is returning in 2015, he hit his first home run this week with one hand.
  4. Collin McHugh – McHugh looked dominate against the A’s striking out 11 batters in less than six innings.

Stock Down

  1. Chris Carter – Carter has been drawing walks recently, but he still has yet to hit for power.
  2. Scott Feldman – In a two-start week, Feldman could not have had a worse start versus the A’s.
  3. Luke Gregerson – Not that he has pitched bad, but who wants a closer who won’t get that many saves?

Apr 14, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter

Evan Gattis

(11) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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Jason Castro – Up 2%

Chris Carter – Down 9%

Jed Lowrie – Up 6%

Luis Valbuena – Down 1%

Jake Marisnick – Up 5%

Scott Feldman – Down 3%

Luke Gregerson – Down 2%

Evan Gattis – Down 1%

Collin McHugh – Up 1%

George Springer – Down 1%

Minors

Carlos Correa – Up 1%

Brett Phillips – Up 1%

Pitching Matchups

Monday April 20 –Hisashi Iwakuma (0-1, 6.55 ERA) versus Asher Wojciechowski (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

Tuesday April 21 – Taijuan Walker  (0-2, 17.18 ERA) versus Collin McHugh (2-0, 1.54 ERA)

  • Collin McHugh (2014): On the road, McHugh went 4-3/ 1.86 ERA/ 68 SO
  •  Taijuan Walker (2014): At home, Walker went 0-1/ 3.86 ERA/ 6 SO

Wednesday April 22 – J.A. Happ (0-1, 2.70 ERA) versus Roberto Hernandez (0-1, 3.38 ERA)

  • Roberto Hernandez (2014): On the road, Hernandez went 6 – 3/ 4.37 ERA/ 49 SO
  • J.A. Happ (2014): At home, Happ went 7- 5/ 3.15 ERA/ 85 SO

Friday April 24 – Scott Kazmir (2-0, 0.69 ERA) versus Dallas Keuchel (2-0, 0.90 ERA)

  • Dallas Keuchel (2014): On the road, Keuchel went 8 – 4/ 3.04 ERA/ 82 SO
  • Scott Kazmir (2014): At home, Kazmir went 8-4/ 3.62 ERA/ 82 SO

Saturday April 25 – Kendall Graveman (1-1, 7.27 ERA) versus Scott Feldman (0-2, 6.17 ERA)

  • Scott Feldman (2014): On the road, Wilson went 4 – 8/ 4.37 ERA/ 49 SO
  • Kendall Graveman (2014): At home, At home, Graveman went 0-0/ 2.25 ERA/ 3 SO.

Sunday April 26 – Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 3.00 ERA) versus Asher Wojciechowski (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

  • Asher Wojciechowski (2014): Minors
  • Drew Pomeranz (2014): At home, Pomeranz went 4-1/ 3.48 ERA/ 34 SO

Two Start Pitchers

  • Asher Wojciechowski

Must Start Pitchers

  • Dallas Keuchel
  • Collin McHugh
  • Asher Wojciechowski

Hitters to Start this Week

Hitters to Consider Sitting

The Astros still have yet to have all three sluggers do something in the same game. Luis Valbuena seems to be heating up a little. In the Seattle series, the Astros have had some success against Iwakuma and Walker. Springer and Conger have hit homers to win games this week. The home runs are coming while Chris Carter sits in the corner saying “No one puts Baby in the corner!”

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