Straw went 2-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and an RBI in Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Mariners.
Straw reached base all four times he stepped up to the plate in Wednesday's come-from-behind win. He singled home a run in the second to give the Astros a 2-0 lead and followed that up with another single, a hit by pitch and a stolen base, and then a walk in the eighth. Straw is now tied for fourth in baseball with five steals, though he's slashing a mere .228/.303/.278 with nine RBI, nine runs scored and an 8:16 BB:K. The 26-year-old doesn't possess much power, so he'll need to do a better job of getting on base while remaining active on the basepaths to maintain fantasy relevance.
Straw went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Monday's 5-2 win over Seattle.
Straw put himself in scoring position when he stole his fifth base of the season in the second inning but was stranded on second. He later reached base on a fielder's choice and came around to score on a Jose Altuve single. Straw's five steals are tied for fourth in MLB with several others.
Straw batted leadoff and went 0-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Angels.
Straw stepped in at leadoff while Carlos Correa was rested for the first time this season. The leadoff spot has been a rotation since Jose Altuve was placed on the COVID-19 protocols list. With Altuve set to return Monday, Straw should return to his normal eight-hole in the order.
Straw went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored in Saturday's 16-2 win over the Angels.
Straw has a modest three-game hitting streak, going 4-for-13 (.308) during that stretch. Now that Houston's major players are back from the COVID-19 protocols list, Straw's .509 OPS becomes less noticeable, and the returnees may help to increase his production.
Straw (illness) is starting Thursday's game against the Angels, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Straw sat out Wednesday's game against the Rockies due to COVID-19 vaccine side effects, but he was never placed on the injured list and will return to the lineup for Thursday's series opener. Straw has gone 2-for-14 with one RBI and five strikeouts in his last four games.
Updating a previous report, Straw is excluded from the lineup for Wednesday's game in Colorado due to side effects from a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine he received earlier this week, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Manager Dusty Baker said Straw first experienced the side effects in Tuesday's 6-2 loss, when he finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and uncharacteristically failed to flag down a C.J. Cron fly ball that went for a run-scoring double. The Astros aren't placing Straw on the COVID-19 injured list, so the team is seemingly hopeful that he'll be ready to go for the four-game series with the Angels this weekend after getting Wednesday off. Chas McCormick replaces Straw as the Astros' center fielder and leadoff man for the series finale in Colorado.
Straw is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
A day after starting in center field and hitting leadoff for the Astros, Straw will cede both duties to Chas McCormick in the series finale in Colorado. After going hitless with two strikeouts in four at-bats during Tuesday's 6-2 loss, Straw is now slashing .200/.262/.200 through 61 plate appearances on the season. He could be in danger of falling into a timeshare in center with McCormick, if not losing the starting job outright.
Straw batted ninth and went 2-for-4 in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Mariners.
Straw batted leadoff the first two games following the team placing Jose Altuve on the COVID-19 protocols list, but he was back to the bottom third of the order with Kyle Tucker atop the lineup. Houston manager Dusty Baker will likely juggle the lineup over the course of the next week, as Altuve and the others are not expected back until Thursday at the earliest.
Straw will start in center field and lead off Wednesday against the Tigers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Regular leadoff hitter Jose Altuve was one of five Astros position players placed on the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday, so Straw will get the opportunity to handle table-setting duties for Houston for the first time this season. It's unknown how much time Altuve or any of the other four players placed on the COVID-19 IL might need to clear MLB's health and safety protocols, so Straw could make for an intriguing speculative pickup for fantasy managers looking for a boost in stolen bases and runs. While hitting out of the bottom third of Houston's lineup in each of the club's first 11 games, Straw has already collected three steals in four attempts.
Straw went 0-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's 7-3 loss to Oakland.
Straw put himself in scoring position with a seventh-inning steal and came home on Jose Altuve's double. The swipe was Straw's second in three attempts.
Straw went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a stolen base in Thursday's 6-2 win over Oakland.
Straw's speed is his greatest asset, and he'll need to reach base consistently for fantasy managers to cash in on it. He's reached base safely in six straight contests, including five times via the walk, and has a .357 on-base percentage to start the season. If he maintains the high OBPand continues to take walks, Straw could make a big impact in steals.
Straw batted eighth and went 1-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Angels.
Straw has reached base safely in five of the first six games, a stretch that includes five walks, but he's been a forgotten member in the productive Astros lineup. When he's started games, Straw has batted eighth and overall is hitting .200 (4-for-20) with no extra-base hits and one RBI. He hasn't been much of a replacement for the departed George Springer, but his limited production hasn't hurt the team. Houston can get by with his defense and middling production for now.
Straw cleared all COVID-19 protocols Tuesday and will be able to travel to Oakland with the Astros ahead of Thursday's season opener versus the Athletics, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Straw missed the final three days of Astros camp while embedded in the protocol, but due to the brevity of his absence, he should be ready to go for Opening Day without any restrictions. He's expected to serve as the Astros' everyday center fielder, likely batting eighth or ninth in most games.
Straw was removed from the lineup Saturday against the Mets due to health and safety protocols, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Straw's absence is seemingly related to COVID-19, though it's not clear that he has the virus himself, with Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reporting that he's out due to contact tracing. If he's able to clear the protocols soon, he may not miss Opening Day. If he does miss time, Chas McCormick or Jose Siri could earn a temporary starting role in center.
Straw did not start Saturday's game against the Mets despite being listed in the lineup and on the scoreboard as the starter, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Straw appears to have been a last-minute scratch, though the reason for the change has not yet been revealed. Anything more than a minor injury five days before Opening Day would likely send him to the injured list to start the year, potentially opening up starts for Chas McCormick or non-roster invitee Jose Siri, who started in his place Saturday.
Straw isn't expected to lead off this season, as Jose Altuve appears to have manager Dusty Baker's endorsement instead, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
It never made all that much sense for Straw to be in the leadoff mix, as he projects to be easily the worst hitter among the Astros' expected regulars, but he earned some buzz in mid-March nonetheless after being mentioned as a leading candidate for the role. It appears as though the Astros have decided against making their lightest-hitting starter their plate-appearance leader, but he's expected to fill an everyday role nonetheless. Straw should still be able to help fantasy teams out with his speed, though he'll have fewer opportunities to run than he would as the leadoff hitter.
Straw started in center field, batted eighth, and went 2-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases, an RBI and a run scored in Monday's spring game against the Mets.
Straw was part of a lineup that looked like a preview of the regular season -- minus catcher Martin Maldonado and third baseman Alex Bregman -- and they all played nine innings. Manager Dusty Baker has not declared Straw the starter in center field, but the 26-year-old has put up strong spring numbers. Straw is 12-for-35 with three doubles, one triple, one walk, three stolen bases and two runs scored.
Manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday that Straw and Carlos Correa are the "leading candidates" to bat leadoff Opening Day for Houston, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The 26-year-old is in line to take over the starting job in center field for the departed George Springer, and he may also be able to secure Springer's old spot atop the Astros' lineup. Straw has only 224 plate appearances in the majors, but he has obvious potential on the basepaths with 54 steals in 132 games at Triple-A between the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Correa struggled in 2020 but was a consistent producer at the plate through his first five big-league seasons, so he could be the safer bet for the job. Straw is 7-for-16 with one double, one triple and one stolen base through seven spring games and may need to maintain that caliber of performance to earn the leadoff job.
Straw said he believes he can steal between 50 and 60 bases if given everyday playing time, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The speedy Straw is favorite to take over for the departed George Springer as Houston's primary center fielder and leadoff batter, but he'll need to prove he deserves it. Astros manager Dusty Baker is giving him the chance. Straw's started five of the first seven Grapefruit League games and batted leadoff in four of them, going 5-for-10 with a double, a triple and a stolen base. While the 26-year-old will need to improve upon his career .327 on-base percentage if he wants to reach those lofty steal totals, he's off to a promising start this spring.
Straw went 1-for-2 with a stolen base in Tuesday's spring game against the Mets.
This was Straw's second Grapefruit League game and second time he started in center field and batted leadoff. He's projected for both roles in 2021, but the speedy Straw will need to hit better than last year's .500 OPS. Thus far, he's rapped out three hits in four spring at-bats, and Tuesday's steal was his first.
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|2018||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||65||251||47||82||7||3||1||17||35||42||35||6||.327||.414||.390|
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