Week 13 Pitcher:
Jun 22, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Will Harris (36) is congratulated by catcher Jason Castro (15) after defeating the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Astros won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Will Harris (Owned in 51.2% of all ESPN Fantasy leagues)
This Astros in Fantasy pick does not really have to do with the player. This has to do more with the teams that the Astros will play in the next week.
In the nine games that the Astros have played against the Angels and the White Sox in 2016, all but one of the contests have ended with a margin of victory of three runs or larger. For the Astros to find success against these two teams, their bullpen, and especially their closer, has toe be ready to close out these close games.
That is where Harris comes in. Harris is six for six in save opportunities this season. In those games, Harris has given up two earned runs on six hits and struck out three.
Compared to his appearances as the set-up man, Harris has struggled. Overall this season, he has an ERA of 0.83 with a WHIP of 0.83 and an average against at a mere .181.
For the Astros to be successful this week, Harris needs to be on his A-game. His last outing against the Angels was not his best, giving up three hits and an earned run. He eventually secured his sixth save of the season.
Even though the Angels and White Sox closers may have more of a resume than Harris does, Harris has been successful this season. Based on his last couple of outings, it does not look like he will be stopping anytime soon.
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