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Astros SP Lance McCullers Jr. looked sharp in a loss Monday. He tossed six innings, allowing one run on six hits and a walk, striking out six in a 3-1 loss to the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: McCullers Jr. gave up a solo home run to Kyle Schwarber in the first inning. That's hard to be angry at. Outside of that, the veteran righty pitched really well, scattering baserunners the rest of his time on the mound. He finished the 2022 season 4-2 with a stellar 2.27 ERA across eight starts this season. He pitched well enough to garner mixed league attention next season.

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Astros SP Luis Garcia was very sharp again Sunday in a 3-1 win over the Rays. He tossed six innings, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk, striking out four.

Fantasy Impact: Barring a bullpen appearance over the final few games of the season, Garcia will wrap up his 2022 campaign 15-8 with a 3.72 ERA and 157 K's in 157 1/3 innings. That far exceeded expectations as Garcia ended up being one of the better waiver adds of the fantasy season. Look for him to garner mid-round attention next year.

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Astros rookie SS Jeremy Pena had a big game as Houston beat the Rays 3-1 Sunday. He finished 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.

Fantasy Impact: It was Pena's 21st home run of the season, not bad for a rookie. The .252 batting average and even worse .288 OBP certainly will need some work in his sophomore campaign. But nevertheless it's been a successful first season for the 25-year-old.

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Cristian Javier was excellent on Saturday in a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He tossed six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks striking out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Javier will finish his 2022 season with a stellar 2.54 ERA to go with his 194 K's in just 148 2/3 innings. He has pitched far better than his 11-9 record suggests. Next season, be prepared to use an early-to-mid round pick if you want his services.

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Astros closer Ryan Pressly picked up his 32nd save of the season Saturday in a 2-1 win over the Rays. It did not come easy though as he allowed a run on a hit and two walks.

Fantasy Impact: Pressly certainly made it interesting Saturday night. After striking out the leadoff batter, he walked the next two. Yandy Diaz hit an RBI single with two outs. With the tying run in scoring position, the Astros closer got Harold Ramirez to line out to end the game. Pressly has been one of the most consistent closers in baseball this year and earned mid-round draft status next season.

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Framber Valdez was knocked around by the Tampa Bay Rays Friday in a 7-3 loss. He was charged with six runs on nine hits and three walks in just 5 1/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Valdez had pitched a single-season MLB record 25 consecutive quality starts and has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year. However, Friday marked his second straight start where he was hit hard. His record dropped to 16-6 in what was likely his last start this year. The Astros will hope the talented lefty can get back on track in the postseason.

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Astros 3B Alex Bregman went deep in Houston's 7-3 loss to Tampa Bay Friday. He finished 1-for-4 with a solo home run.

Fantasy Impact: It was Bregman's second home run in the last three games. He is now up to 23 on the season to go with 92 RBI and a solid .368 on-base percentage.

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Yordan Alvarez (ankle) is back in the Astros' lineup on Friday against the Rays. (Source: Houston Astros on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez left Tuesday's game early due to an ankle injury and has not played since. X-Rays were negative, and Alvarez is back in the lineup as the team's designated hitter on Friday.

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Astros SP Justin Verlander was sharp once again Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. He struck out eight across seven innings, allowing just two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk in a 5-2 loss.

Fantasy Impact: Verlander did not factor in the decision as Will Smith allowed a few runs late in the game. The 40-year-old ace remains 17-4 and lowered his ERA to a ridiculous 1.80. He is basically a shoe-in for both AL Comeback Player of the Year and the AL Cy Young. Verlander is slated to start the final regular season game against the Phillies. But depending on the how the playoff schedule lines up, that could be bypassed to have him Game 1.

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Astros RF Kyle Tucker had a solid evening on Tuesday. He finished 2-for-2 with two walks, a run and a stolen base in Houston's 10-2 win over Arizona.

Fantasy Impact: Make that 24 stolen bases on the year for Tucker, a career-high. He is just one homer shy of his career high of 30 also. He's driven in 104 runs, another career high. His batting average took a hit this year, but fantasy managers can't complain if you get a 30-25-100 season.

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Jose Altuve had a monster night at the plate in Houston's 10-2 win over Arizona. He finished 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double, a walk and four runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: What an evening for the veteran infielder. He is up to 28 home runs on the season to go with a solid .298 batting average and .387 on-base percentage. After his sluggish start, he has proven to be worthy of an early round pick once again.

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Jose Urquidy lost his second straight decision after allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six in an 8-5 loss to the Athletics. The loss dropped him to 13-7 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: This performance was a disappointment for Houston and fantasy managers alike considering the opponent. After going almost four straight months of quietly being one of the better mid-rotation fantasy starters, all of a sudden the wheels are falling off a bit. He allowed two home runs on Saturday after getting rocked by the Angels his last time out. He will face the Orioles on the road in his next start, which is no longer a must start.

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Astros 1B Trey Mancini picked up a couple hits Saturday, including a solo home run in an 8-5 loss to the Athletics.

Fantasy Impact: Things have not gone the way the Astros, Mancini and fantasy managers had hoped when they acquired the former Oriole. He has shown he can still hit for power, as he has eight home runs since joining Houston in early August but is hitting under .200 during his time there. Hopefully, he can bring the average up a bit as the fantasy playoffs wane.

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Astros reliever Rafael Montero picked up the save Thursday in a 5-2 win over the Athletics. He tossed a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts along the way.

Fantasy Impact: Montero was filling in for Ryan Pressly, who had picked up saves in back-to-back nights heading into Thursday. It must be a nice relief for Dusty Baker to know that when his closer is not available, he has another elite reliever he can rely on to close out games. That could pay dividends come playoff time.

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Astros 2B Aledmys Diaz drew the start as Jose Altuve got the night off. The move worked as Diaz broke a 2-2 tie with the game-winning two-run home run in a 5-2 win over the A's.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz finished 1-for-3 with the home run and a walk. The Astros utility man does not garner enough starts to warrant fantasy attention in redraft leagues, but for DFS, he's generally been a good dart throw this year.

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Astros rookie SP Hunter Brown looked good once again Tuesday, tossing six innings of two-run ball in a 6-3 win. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out six.

Fantasy Impact: Brown got the advantage of facing the practically minor-league lineup of the Detroit Tigers. But fantasy managers don't care. His two victories have come against the Rangers and Tigers but next up is a road date with the Tampa Bay Rays. That will be a better litmus test on whether Brown has staying power for the postseason roster.

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Astros reliever Hector Neris earned his third save of the season Tuesday. He tossed a scoreless ninth, preserving a 4-2 win over the Rangers Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Dusty Baker was likely giving Rafael Montero the night off. He has pitched quite a bit lately with Ryan Pressly on the injured list. Neris was a logical choice to fill in, as he has been superb this season out of the Astros pen.

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Jake Meyers has been optioned to Triple-A Suger Land. (Source: Chandler Rome on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Meyers has had a rough time in Houston this year, hitting just .209 in 149 plate appearances. Meyers hit just one home run this season after hitting six in 163 plate appearances last season. Ending the season in Triple-A could be good reset for Meyers heading into 2023.

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Chas McCormick collected three of the season-high 25 hits for Houston in a 21-5 win over the White Sox Thursday. He finished 3-for-5 with a home run, five RBI and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: It was McCormick's 12th home run on the season. The 27-year-old outfielder has been getting plenty of playing time lately, but has struggled to do much with it. He should be left in waivers in all but the deepest of leagues.

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Christian Vazquez was one of three Astros to pick up four hits in a 21-5 victory over the White Sox Thursday. He finished 4-for-6 with three runs and two RBI in the win.

Fantasy Impact: Vazquez has not earned near the playing time many people thought he would when the Astros acquired him at the trade deadline. Martin Maldonado, as poorly as he has hit this year, catches the rotation very well. Houston has one of the best rotations in baseball and Dusty Baker probably does not want to take that away. He is hitting .289 this year, among the best in the league for catchers.

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