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September 27, 2020 02:24 PM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Demoted to alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak was optioned to the alternate training site Sunday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

Bielak surrendered four runs over two innings Saturday, so he'll head to the alternate site in favor of a fresh bullpen arm. He has a 6.75 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 26:17 K:BB across 32 innings this season. Nivaldo Rodriguez was recalled in a corresponding move.

September 27, 2020 04:08 PM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Suffers third loss Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak (3-3) allowed four runs on five hits (one home run) and a walk while striking out three across two innings Saturday as he took the loss against the Rangers.

Bielak came out to start the fifth in place of Lance McCullers and got off to a nice start with a quick 1-2-3 inning. The right-hander returned for the sixth and allowed a couple of early base runners before Nick Solak was able to single home Willie Calhoun with two outs in the inning to give the Rangers their first lead. Bielak escaped with just the one run earned and came back out for the seventh. He allowed the first two batters to reach before Jeff Mathis took him deep to left to put the Rangers up 4-1. Bielak's night was done immediately afterward. He holds a 6.75 ERA and 26:17 K:BB over 32 innings heading into playoffs.

September 6, 2020 09:08 AM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Escapes with no-decision Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak didn't factor into the decision in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Angels, giving up four runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings in a 10-9 loss. He struck out five without walking a batter.

He put his name in the history books by serving up Mike Trout's 300th career homer, but it was an otherwise forgettable effort from Bielak, who needed 77 pitches (52 strikes) to record 11 outs. He'll likely move into long relief from here on out, and the rookie's 6.00 ERA and 1.59 WHIP make him an unappealing fantasy option in a low-leverage role.

September 3, 2020 11:40 PM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Trending toward Saturday start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Dusty Baker said Thursday that he expects Bielak and Jose Urquidy (undisclosed) to make starts in Saturday's doubleheader against the Angels in some order, Brian McTaggart of reports.

Baker suggested Wednesday that Cy Sneed and Luis Garcia were candidates to make starts in the twin bill, but Urquidy apparently impressed in his throwing session Thursday, leaving Houston optimistic he'll be ready to make his season debut this weekend. Meanwhile, Bielak will be given another chance to redeem himself after two rough outings in a row, during which he recorded only six outs while giving up 11 runs (10 earned) on eight hits and four walks. Assuming Urquidy feels fine coming out of his start, he should permanently take over as the fifth member of Houston's rotation, likely bumping Bielak to the bullpen next week as a result. If Bielak shows improved form in Saturday's outing, he would at least cement himself as the next man up to start if a rotation spot should reopen at some point.

September 3, 2020 11:20 AM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Not assured of start Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak is one of three pitchers that manager Dusty Baker could start in one of Saturday's doubleheader games, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bielak's hold on a spot in the rotation became tenuous following a two-start run in which he allowed 11 runs over two innings. In addition to Bielak, the manager mentioned Cy Sneed and Luis Garcia as potential starters.

August 27, 2020 12:56 PM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Chased in first inning
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak (3-2) did not make it out of the first inning and took the loss in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Angels. He allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning in the 12-5 loss.

Bielak made the start on short rest, so the outcome isn't completely surprising. The rookie hurler managed to sidestep trouble earlier this season, when he walked 11 over the first 21.1 innings, but major-league hitters have caught up to him. Bielak's allowed 11 runs on eight hits (four home runs) and three walks over the last two innings. With off days coming up on the schedule, the Astros can avoid using Bielak until Sept. 5.

August 25, 2020 10:24 PM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Starting on short rest
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Bielak will start Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Angels, Brian McTaggart of reports.

He will be making the start on two days of rest, but only logged 1.1 innings in his Aug. 22 start against the Padres, so he is more rested than a typical starter on short rest. This would have been his day to toss a side session, so he will essentially get that work in during a game that counts in what should amount to a bullpen game for the Astros. Houston won't need a fifth starter again until a doubleheader against the Angels on Sept. 5, so we could see Bielak briefly transition to the bullpen or the alternate training site following Tuesday's start.

August 23, 2020 05:04 PM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Implodes against Padres
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak (3-1) took the loss against San Diego on Saturday, pitching 1.1 innings and allowing seven runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two.

Bielak entered the game having given up four earned runs through his first 21.1 big-league innings, but the Padres nearly doubled that run total while making only four outs against the rookie. Of the five hits given up by Bielak, four were home runs, including a pair of long balls off the bat of Trent Grisham. Bielak's ERA soared from 1.69 to 4.37 as a result of his first major-league loss, and the outing was the shortest of his career. The 24-year-old will try to recover when he next takes the mound Thursday at home against the Angels.

August 18, 2020 12:12 AM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Allows one run in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak (3-0) gave up a run on a hit and four walks and struck out four over six innings in Monday's 2-1 win over the Rockies.

The only hit Bielak gave up was a solo home run to Trevor Story in the third inning. Monday marked Bielak's first win as a starter -- his previous two victories came in relief efforts. The 24-year-old has a 1.69 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 15 strikeouts in 21.1 innings across five total appearances this season. His next turn in the rotation is Saturday in San Diego.

August 12, 2020 09:12 AM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: No-decision Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's contest between the Astros and the Giants. He gave up two runs on six hits and one walk while fanning four in five innings.

Bielak has looked serviceable in his first two starts of the season, giving up just two runs in a combined 10 innings, although he owns a 5:4 K:BB in that span. If he stays in the rotation for another start, that would come Aug. 17 at home against the Rockies.

August 10, 2020 12:52 PM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Gets another start
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Bielak is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Giants, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bielak made his first two MLB appearances in long relief for the Astros before he was thrust into the rotation Aug. 6 in Arizona as a replacement for Josh James, who was moved to the bullpen. The right-hander was highly impressive in his first big-league start, spinning five shutout innings and permitting five baserunners in the Astros' loss. He'll draw a favorable matchup Tuesday in his second career start, taking the hill at home against a Giants offense that hasn't scored more than five runs in any of its last six games.

August 7, 2020 08:36 AM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Solid in first start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak did not factor into the decision during Thursday's loss. He held the Diamondbacks scoreless with one strikeout across five innings, allowing two hits and three walks.

Making his first career start, Bielak had no problem blanking the Diamondbacks over five innings of work. The 24-year-old left the game with the lead, but unfortunately Arizona evened the score and soon took the lead for good. Bielak had previously allowed just one run over his two bullpen appearances this season, bringing his ERA to 0.87 and WHIP to 1.16. Although he was making a spot start, the right-hander just may have earned himself another turn in the rotation. If so, he's projected to battle the Giants on Tuesday.

August 5, 2020 04:48 PM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Slated to start Thursday
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Bielak is scheduled to start Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

Bielak has made a pair of appearances out of the bullpen this season, allowing one run while posting a 6:3 K:BB across 5.1 innings. Seeing as the right-hander isn't fully stretched out, he likely won't pitch long enough to qualify for the win. It remains to be seen whether Bielak will stick in the rotation beyond Thursday's spot start.

August 1, 2020 01:52 AM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Collects second win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak (2-0) walked three batters and struck out two over two innings to earn the win Friday versus the Angels.

Starter Lance McCullers was only able to pitch four innings, with Bielak serving in a multi-inning role to collect his second win of the year. Bielak has a 1.69 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings through two appearances. The 24-year-old righty likely won't maintain those ratios -- he had a 4.41 ERA in 85.2 innings with Triple-A Corpus Christi in 2019 -- so it's unlikely he'll make much of a splash in fantasy this season.

July 27, 2020 10:52 PM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Earns win in major-league debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak (1-0) pitched 3.1 innings Monday, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out four to earn the win versus the Mariners.

Bielak relieved starter Josh James to begin the fourth inning. It was a strong relief outing for the 24-year-old Bielak, who had been called up to the Astros earlier Monday. He figures to remain in a long relief role during 2020, but could be a candidate for a spot start if necessary.

July 27, 2020 02:08 PM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Recalled by Astros
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak was called up by the Astros on Monday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bielak will take the roster spot that had belonged to Justin Verlander, who hit the injured list with a forearm strain Sunday. Bielak had been in the rotation mix during camp but wound up losing out in that battle and opening the year off the active roster. It's not yet clear whether he'll be the one to take Verlander's spot in the rotation. The 24-year-old righty is yet to make his big-league debut and recorded a mediocre 4.41 ERA in 14 starts and one relief appearance for Triple-A Round Rock last season.

July 19, 2020 11:28 AM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: In rotation mix
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Bielak and Framber Valdez are competing for the final spot in the rotation, Alyson Footer of reports.

Bielak, who has been used mostly as a starter in the minor leagues, was originally thought of as being a possible bullpen member, but he has become a candidate to replace Jose Urquidy (undisclosed) in the rotation. The 24-year-old Bielak, a righty who has no MLB experience, started Saturday's intrasquad game against Valdez. He allowed four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three over four innings in a 73-pitch effort.

June 28, 2020 11:48 PM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Makes player pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak is part of the Astros' 60-man player pool.

Bielak had his first bit of Triple-A experience at Round Rock in 2019 and trained with the major league players in spring training. He should be considered as starting depth and will likely train with the group of players at Houston's secondary location.

January 21, 2020 03:32 PM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Invited to big-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak will join the Astros for big-league camp this spring, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bielak isn't far from the majors, though he may need a bit more time before he's in serious consideration for a big-league roster spot. In 14 starts and one relief appearance for Triple-A Round Rock last season, he recorded a 4.41 ERA, striking out 24.4 percent of opposing batters while walking 10.2 percent.

May 25, 2019 09:00 PM
Astros' Brandon Bielak: Moves up to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bielak was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock on Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The 23-year-old recorded a 3.75 ERA in 36 innings for Double-A Corpus Christi to start the season after posting a 2.35 ERA in 61.1 frames at the same level last season. Bielak profiles as a future backend starter with an average fastball, above-average command and two quality breaking balls (a slider and a curve).

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