Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Astros.2828962384.12
AL West1st1st1st1st
American League 1st1st2nd5th

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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' Gerrit Cole: Facing change in pitch usage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cole relied heavily on his fastball in 2017 with Pittsburgh, but the Astros feel he can benefit from throwing more offspeed stuff, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Manager A.J. Hinch stressed there won't be an overhaul, but rather a "tweak" in pitch usage for Cole, who surrendered a career-high 31 home runs in 2017 -- 18 off his fastball. Hinch feels the key is to get a good game plan in front of Cole, which could mean fewer fastballs in favor of his slider and changeup.

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Astros' Francis Martes: Shows better tempo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martes has showed improve control during spring bullpen sessions, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Better control was just one of a few improvements Martes brought to camp. The 22-year-old right-hander also trimmed up his husky frame and slowed down his delivery, which had been the root cause of his control problems last year (5.1 BB/9, 54.1 IP) when he was up with the Astros. He tended to spray the ball when the delivery was rushed. The mid-90s fastball is still there and his slider can play in MLB, however, Martes will not take the next step without improving his control. Given good health among Houston's projected starting staff, Martes is expected to open the season in the rotation at Triple-A Fresno.

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Astros' Brady Rodgers: On restricted throwing program
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodgers (elbow) will participate in pitchers' fielding practice and do "some light throwing" during spring training, per manager A.J. Hinch, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Hinch said Rodgers may throw a bullpen session within the next six weeks, however, the pitcher estimated his first bullpen will be sometime in May. The 27-year-old right-hander was coming off the best season of his career when he injured his elbow last spring and underwent Tommy John elbow surgery last May. He had a 2.86 ERA over 132 innings for Triple-A Fresno in 2016. Ideally, Rodgers would be a depth-starter option for the Astros, but the injury puts him out of the mix for that role.

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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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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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