Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Astros.2828962384.12
AL West1st1st1st1st
American League 1st1st2nd5th

Schedule

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Fri Feb 23
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WAS
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Sat Feb 24
1:05 pm ET
ATL
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Sun Feb 25
1:05 pm ET
@STL
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Mon Feb 26
1:05 pm ET
NYM
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Mon Feb 26
1:05 pm ET
@MIA
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Tue Feb 27
1:10 pm ET
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Wed Feb 28
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MIN
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Thu Mar 1
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BOS
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Fri Mar 2
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Sat Mar 3
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Standings

AL
West
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Houston86-56101-61
Los Angeles69-7380-82
Texas64-7878-84
Seattle66-7678-84
Oakland68-7475-87
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Astros' Max Stassi: Out of options
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stassi is looking to claim the final available roster spot for the Astros, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

With little drama in spring training for the World Series champs, we're left watching the one available spot for a position player. Does manager A.J. Hinch keep a third catcher, like Stassi, or an extra infielder/outfielder, such as Tyler White or Tony Kemp? Stassi's out of options, so he'll need to clear waivers if Houston wants him at Triple-A Fresno. That gives him an edge, but Hinch would feel more comfortable if Stassi continues to hit as he did in 2017 for the Grizzlies (12 HR, .856 OPS). Having a third catcher on the roster allows Hinch the flexibility to deploy Evan Gattis as the designated hitter, but it all comes down to Stassi's offense.

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Astros' Jandel Gustave: Will be limited in spring training
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gustave (elbow) will have a limited workout plan with his throwing in spring training as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic Houston reports.

Gustave, who went under the knife last June, is hopeful to resume mound work by the time camp draws to a close. He'll likely remain at extended spring training for several weeks beyond that in order for the Astros to monitor his recovery before he embarks on a lengthy rehab assignment with multiple affiliates. Don't count on the right-hander, who has made 20 appearances in the big leagues over the last two seasons, to resurface with the Astros until the second half of the campaign.

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Astros' Collin McHugh: Emerges from arb hearing victorious
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McHugh will make $5 million in 2018 after winning his arbitration case Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

He made just 12 starts last season, but McHugh still pitched well when he was healthy, as he posted a 3.55 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in that span. As a result, he'll make $450K more than the Astros offered him in arbitration as he looks to bounce back with a healthy 2018 campaign. With no room in Houston's projected starting rotation, McHugh will use spring training to prove he's healthy and facilitate a trade to a team in need of a starter.

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Astros' Collin McHugh: Stretching out as starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McHugh will be stretched out as a starter this spring, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Although the Astros acquired Gerrit Cole earlier this offseason, the club would still like to give McHugh an opportunity to carve out a spot in the rotation. He's likely battling Charlie Morton for that fifth spot, with the odd man out taking on a role in the bullpen to start off the 2018 campaign. Last season, McHugh started 12 games after dealing with a right elbow impingement early on in the year, and posted a 3.55 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with a 62:20 K:BB over 63.1 innings.

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Astros' Brad Peacock: Will pitch exclusively out of stretch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Peacock plans to pitch exclusively out of the stretch during the 2018 season, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic Houston reports.

Peacock had pitched both out of the stretch and from the windup at the start of last season, but scrapped the windup position early on and yielded impressive results, finishing the campaign with a 3.00 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 132 innings. It's thus no surprise that Peacock will stick with a formula that worked so well for him, both as a starter and out of the bullpen. Houston's offseason acquisition of Gerrit Cole from the Pirates will result in Peacock opening the 2018 campaign in the bullpen if all members of the team's projected rotation are healthy, but he should be one of the top candidates to pick up spot starts for the Astros when injuries to the pitching staff inevitably crop up.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGJose Altuve , 2B.346
HRGeorge Springer , CF34
RBIMarwin Gonzalez , LF90
OBPJose Altuve , 2B.410
SLGJose Altuve , 2B.547
RJose Altuve , 2B112
SBCameron Maybin , CF33
WJustin Verlander , SP15
ERAJustin Verlander , SP3.36
WHIPJustin Verlander , SP1.17
KJustin Verlander , SP219
SVKen Giles , RP34

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