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Roberto Osuna has been placed on outright waivers by the Houston Astros. Per beat writer Jake Kaplan, this move is essentially an early non-tender, assuming Osuna clears waivers and elects to become a free agent. (Source: Jake Kaplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Osuna was expected to make $10 million in arbitration this winter and given the fact he barely pitched in 2020 (4 1/3 innings with one save) before going down with an elbow injury, the Astros have decided to cut him loose. He's still rehabbing his elbow and that will certainly play a role in his free agency negotiations this winter.

Category: Transactions


Yordan Alvarez (knees) has resumed running. (Source: Chandler Rome on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez posted a video of himself running on a treadmill. It's great to see as it has been exactly two months since he underwent surgery on both of his knees. The 23-year-old slugger appeared in just two games for the Astros this season but he's expected to be healthy for spring training. Alvarez could wind up a massive bargain come draft day if we have sufficient reason to expect that he's healthy. Additionally, Alvarez is a player to "buy" in dynasty leagues this offseason.

Category: Injury Updates


Josh James will be out six-to-eight months after undergoing surgery on his left hip Saturday. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: James underwent surgery to repair a lateral tear in his left hip. He re-injured his hip during the ALCS against the Rays. The 27-year-old will miss all of Spring Training and could return to the field in early May. James struggled in 2020, owning a 7.27 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 24 strikeouts over 17 1/3 innings.

Category: Injury Updates


Lance McCullers Jr. allowed three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out seven over three 2/3 innings during Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Rays in Game 7 of the ALCS.

Fantasy Impact: McCullers picked up the loss on Saturday after yielding three runs over three 2/3 innings. All of the damage off McCullers came via the long ball, he surrendered home runs to Randy Arozarena and Mike Zunino. The right-hander threw a total of 75 pitches, landing 50 for strikes. McCullers compiled a (0-2) record along with a 4.91 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 23 strikeouts over 14 2/3 innings this postseason.

Category: Game Recaps


Carlos Correa went 1-for-4 with two RBI during Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Rays in Game 7 of the ALCS.

Fantasy Impact: Correa drove in the only two Astros runs during Saturday's loss. He hit a two-run single off Peter Fairbanks in the eighth inning to cut the Astros deficit 4-2. Correa was impressive this postseason, hitting .362 (17-for-47) with six homers and 17 RBI in 13 games.

Category: Game Recaps


Ryan Pressly allowed one hit while striking out one across one scoreless inning to earn the save during Friday's 7-4 win over the Rays in Game 6 of the ALCS.

Fantasy Impact: Pressly was used for the third consecutive day and recorded the final three outs on Friday to convert the save. With one runner on base, he got Mike Brosseau to ground into a double play to end the game. Pressly has been terrific this postseason, converting four saves to go along with a 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and eight strikeouts over seven 1/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Framber Valdez allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out nine across six innings during Friday's 7-4 win over the Rays in Game 6 of the ALCS.

Fantasy Impact: Valdez limited the Rays to one run over six innings to pick up the win on Friday. Most of damage off Valdez came from an RBI double by Willy Adames. The 26-year-old threw a total of 101 pitches, landing 57 for strikes. Valdez has been outstanding in the postseason, posting a (3-1) record along with 1.88 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 26 strikeouts over 24 innings. After trailing in the series 3-0, the Astros have stormed back and forced a decisive Game 7 on Saturday.

Category: Game Recaps


George Springer went 1-for-2 with a two-run single and one walk during Friday's 7-4 win over the Rays in Game 6 of the ALCS.

Fantasy Impact: With the Astros trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning, Springer hit a go-ahead two-run single to give Houston the lead. He has now recorded an RBI in three consecutive games. Springer continues to produce this postseason, hitting .283 (15-for-53) with four homers and 10 RBI. After trailing in the series 3-0, the Astros have stormed back and forced a decisive Game 7 on Saturday.

Category: Game Recaps


Kyle Tucker went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, one walk and two RBI during Friday's 7-4 win over the Rays in Game 6 of the ALCS.

Fantasy Impact: Tucker took Shane McClanahan deep in the sixth inning for his first career post season home run. He continues to produce in the playoffs, hitting .311 (14-for-45) with one homer, five RBI and a stolen base over 12 games.

Category: Game Recaps


Luis Garcia allowed two walks while striking out one over two scoreless innings during Thursday's 4-3 win over the Rays in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia made his first postseason appearance on Thursday and tossed scoreless innings. He threw a total of 37 pitches, did not factor into the decision. Garcia won't be available until Game 7 if deemed necessary. The 23-year-old owned a 2.92 ERA over five starts in the majors this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Michael Brantley is serving as the Astros' designated hitter in Thursday's ALCS Game 5 after fouling a ball off his foot in Game 4. (Source: Brian McTaggart on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brantley was sent for X-rays but is feeling good enough to serve as Houston's designated hitter for this one. The Astros have to win three more in a row to avoid being sent home in this best-of-seven.

Category: Injury Updates


Zack Greinke allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven during Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Rays in Game 4 of the ALCS.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke limited the Rays to two runs and picked up the win on Wednesday. He was able to escape a bases loaded jam in the seventh by striking out Mike Brosseau to end the inning. Most of the damage from the Rays offense came when Greinke yielded a two-run shot to Randy Arozarena. The 36-year-old has a (1-1) record along with 4.30 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 12 strikeouts over 14 2/3 innings during the 2020 postseason.

Category: Game Recaps


Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with one double, a solo home run and two RBI during Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Rays in Game 4 of the ALCS.

Fantasy Impact: Altuve took Tyler Glasnow deep in the first inning to put the Astros on the scoreboard. He has now homered in back-to-back games, including five of his last six contests. The 30-year-old has now hit 18 career postseason home runs. Altuve is hitting .333 (13-for-39) with five home runs, 10 RBI and eight runs scored over nine games during the postseason. The Astros avoided the sweep on Wednesday and trail 3-1 to the Rays in the ALCS.

Category: Game Recaps


Jose Urquidy allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk while striking out four over five innings during Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Rays in Game 3 of the ALCS.

Fantasy Impact: Urquidy was solid in Tuesday's outing, but was unable to pick up the victory. Despite allowing one run over five innings, both the defense and bullpen failed him. The Astros are on the brink of elimination as they are down 3-0 to the Rays in the ALCS. Urquidy owns a (0-1) record along with a 3.95 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 10 strikeouts over 13 innings this postseason.

Category: Game Recaps


Yuli Gurriel went 2-for-3 with a run scored during Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Rays in Game 2 of the ALCS.

Fantasy Impact: Gurriel logged two hits and scored on a fielder’s choice in Monday’s loss. It was his first multi-hit effort of the postseason. Gurriel was 0-for-14 in his previous four playoff contests. The 36-year-old has struggled most of 2020 (hitting .232 in the regular season), but will look to build on Monday’s performance in Game 3 scheduled on Tuesday.

Category: Game Recaps


Cristian Javier picked up the win in relief on Thursday when he allowed three hits with four strikeouts over 2 1/3 innings as the Astros out-slugged the A's 11-6 in Game 4 of the ALDS.

Fantasy Impact: Javier entered the game in the sixth inning with the score tied up at 4-4. He kept the Oakland offense off the board over 2 1/3 innings pitched, only allowing three hits and whiffing four. The Houston offense broke the game open when he was still the pitcher of record so he able to earn his first second win of the postseason. It's unclear how Javier will be used in the best-of-seven ALCS but it wouldn't be surprising if he stayed in the bullpen as he's been their most consistent pitcher in relief during the playoffs.

Category: Game Recaps


Alex Bregman went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in the Astros 9-7 loss to the A's in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Fantasy Impact: Bregman knocked his first double of the postseason to score Michael Brantley in Houston's five-run fifth inning. The third baseman owns a .278/.409/.500 batting line with one home run and two RBI across 18 at-bats (five games) this postseason. Houston will look to finish off the series against Frankie Montas in Game 4 on Thursday.

Category: Game Recaps


Aledmys Diaz went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the Astros 9-7 loss to the A's on Wednesday in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz took Jesus Luzardo deep for a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game up at 4-4; it was the DH's only hit of the game. He's only logged five at-bats this postseason and Wednesday's game was his first start.

Category: Game Recaps


Brooks Raley was handed the loss on Wednesday when he gave up two runs on one hit with two strikeouts and two walks over two innings in the Astros loss to the A's in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Fantasy Impact: Raley entered in the seventh inning with score even at seven runs apiece. He retired the side in order in his first frame but ran into trouble in the eighth inning when he issued a pair of walks, a double, a HBP, and two sacrifice flies, which accounted for the go-ahead runs. Houston's comeback fell short and Raley was saddled with the loss. Through two appearances so far in the postseason, he's registered a 6.75 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, and a 3:3 K/BB ratio.

Category: Game Recaps


Brad Peacock underwent right shoulder surgery on Tuesday. (Source: Chandler Rome on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shoulder injuries are always tricky but the hope is that Peacock will be ready to pitch at the start of the 2021 campaign. The 32-year-old will be a free agent this winter.

Category: Injury Updates