Astros in Fantasy: Here is how I did in Week 3:
Week 3 Hitter:
Colby Rasmus– 6/19 H/AB, 5 R, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB, .316 AVG.
Rasmus has been the offensive hero in the Astros lineup for the past week. According to a tweet from Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer Jake Kaplan, Rasmus is tied for the American League lead for home runs with Josh Donaldson. They each have seven even though Rasmus has had 21 fewer at bats.
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These four home runs for him this week were huge for the Astros offense. This offensive outburst woke the Astros offense in the weekend series against the Boston Red Sox where he hit a grand slam to put the Astros up on Saturday and a two-run home run against Craig Kimbrel on Sunday night to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth.
So why should Rasmus still be a fantasy pick for weeks to come? Not only has his power improved, but his ability to get on base has also improved too. With an OPS of 1.147 to start the season, Rasmus should be a starting outfielder in your fantasy lineup for the time being.
Week 3 Pitcher:
Luke Gregerson– 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 W, 0 SV, 3.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP
With only two appearances in the last week, Gregerson didn’t have a real chance to close any games for the Astros as they went 1-5 this week.
However, Gregerson ended up pitching three innings against the Red Sox this weekend. Those three innings did not mean anything for the fantasy owners, recording no saves and giving up his first earned run of the year.
With the Astros struggling for the first few weeks of this season, Gregerson has not played as much as fantasy owners expected out of the Astros closer job. Once the Astros offense helps out a bit in hitting with runners in scoring position and starting pitchers limiting their amount of first inning runs given up, Gregerson will continue to be a valuable closer in fantasy baseball.
Here are my picks for Week 4.
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