SP,RP - HOU
Josh James is moving to the bullpen.
James was electric out of the pen last season and the Astros wisely tried seeing if his "stuff" would translate to the starting rotation. The experiment was a failure, however, as James walked 11 batters in just six innings of work. Houston's bullpen is dealing with a lot of injuries right now so James could find himself in a high-leverage role sooner rather than later.
Josh James once again struggled with his control on Sunday against the Angels, allowing four runs over three innings while walking six batters.
James allowed just one hit and struck out four in the outing but the free passes did him in. James was fantastic out of the bullpen last season but it isn't going as well for him as a starter this year. He has walked 11 batters in just six innings, which makes him impossible to trust for fantasy purposes.
Josh James struggled with his control on Monday against Seattle, giving up three runs over three innings while walking five.
James also allowed three hits. Things were going great through two innings as James had yet to allow a run while striking out five. It quickly unraveled, however, which once again raises the question of whether or not he is best suited for the bullpen. The 27-year-old gets another shot on Sunday against the Angels and has enough strikeout upside to be worth streaming one more time.
Josh James was scratched from Tuesday's start due to concerns over the weather.
Phew. It means he wasn't scratched with an injury. James will instead pitch a simulated game on Wednesday. He's set to open the year in Houston's rotation and is dripping with fantasy upside.
Josh James will start the fourth game of the Astros' season-opening series against the Seattle Mariners.
This is a positive sign for fantasy owners who were hoping James would earn a starting role, especially after showing up late to summer camp following the birth of his daughter. He struck out 100 batters over 61.1 innings in 2019, mostly out of the bullpen, and notched an impressive 14.7 K/9. He did register an ugly 5.1 BB/9 as well so there is room for improvement for the hard-throwing 27-year old. James will have plenty of opportunities to rack up the strikeouts as a starter in 2020 and can hopefully cut back on the free passes. He's dripping with upside.