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Eric Samulski and Scott Pianowski highlight why fantasy managers should target Alex Bregman and Manny Machado in 2024 drafts despite coming off seasons that weren’t up to either veteran’s standards.
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Standing (Division)Division Rank 1st AL West
WinsWins 90
LossesLosses 72
RunsRuns Scored 827
Runs AllowedRuns Allowed 698
Batting AverageBatting Average .259
Home RunsHome Runs 222
ManagerManager Dusty Baker

Rotoworld Player News

  • Hou Starting Pitcher #53
    He walked two. Javier’s stock is well down after his ERA jumped by two runs and his strikeout rate plummeted last year, but he showed up in better shape this spring and the Astros seem encouraged. He’s one to keep watching this spring.
  • Hou Third Baseman #25
    Cabbage is 2-for-13 with eight strikeouts overall. Last year, he struck out 26 times in 56 plate appearances for the Angels. He appears to be battling Jon Singleton for one spot on the Astros’ bench.
  • Hou Shortstop #28
    It was initially believed to be a hamstring injury, but additional imaging revealed it to be a quad issue. Machado will miss the rest of spring training and open the year back at Triple-A Sugar Land.
  • Hou Starting Pitcher #59
    The Nationals were 7-for-7 stealing bases today, with four of those coming off Valdez and Yainer Díaz. Last year, basestealers were 19-for-20 against Valdez and Martín Maldonado, who caught all of Valdez’s outings. Díaz had more luck throwing out basestealers than Maldonado, but that was probably in part because he didn’t catch Valdez or Cristian Javier. When he’s on his game, Valdez can get away with letting basestealers have their way. Still, it’s of some concern that he faded late, and now we’ll get to see whether Maldonado really meant as much to the staff as some have liked to claim.
  • Hou Starting Pitcher #68
    France came out of yesterday’s side session without any issues, so the hope is that he’ll be ready to face hitters at some point in the coming days. The 28-year-old righty seems unlikely to be ready for the outset of the regular season as he continues to work his way back from shoulder inflammation, but there’s nothing official yet on that front. His absence likely paves the way for Ronel Blanco to break camp as part of Houston’s starting rotation.
  • Hou Shortstop
    Dezenzo hasn’t been cleared to face live pitching yet, but continues to play defensively in Grapefruit League contests for now. The extent of the issue is a bit unclear, but it doesn’t sound like a serious concern at the moment. The 23-year-old shot up prospect lists this offseason by posting a .914 OPS with 18 homers and 22 steals between High-A Asheville and Double-A Corpus Christi. He could be Houston’s long-term answer at the hot corner if Alex Bregman departs via free agency next offseason.
  • Hou Relief Pitcher #43
    Greene, who spent last year pitching in the independent Mexican League, was originally drafted back in 2013 by the Blue Jays when current Astros general manager Dana Brown was working for the team. the 28-year-old righty hasn’t appeared in the majors since the 2021 campaign and appears to be merely extra organizational relief depth for Triple-A Sugar Land.
  • Hou Starting Pitcher #35
    Verlander hasn’t been officially ruled out for Opening Day, but will less than a month left in spring training, he’s running out of time to ramp-up his throwing program. The 41-year-old veteran righty has been dealing with some lingering shoulder soreness since the outset of camp. He could potentially be facing an extended absence if he’s still experiencing soreness coming out of this weekend’s throwing session. It’s a developing situation fantasy managers should continue monitoring.
  • Hou Shortstop #11
    Hensley’s double had a 110.3-mph exit velocity, which is 3.3 mph higher that he’s ever done in 113 at-bats as a major leaguer. He also came in at 104.5 mph on his single. 2023 was pretty much a lost year for Hensley, as he hit just .119 in 94 plate appearances in the majors and finished with a .721 OPS in Triple-A that was 178 points lower than his mark in 2022. Fortunately for him, the Astros didn’t invest in their bench in the offseason, leaving him very much in the running for a spot. He’ll definitely get one if he keeps hitting like this.
  • Hou Shortstop #28
    Machado tweaked his hamstring and will be re-evaluated on Thursday to determine the severity of the injury, Astros manager Joe Espada told reporters following Wednesday’s Grapefruit League contest. The 32-year-old middle infielder is in Houston’s camp as extra organizational depth and figures to open the year at Triple-A Sugar Land.