Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:58:50 -0700
Houston Astros RP Chad Qualls probably won't be traded, according to general manager Jeff Luhnow. "I hesitate to use the word 'untouchable,' but he likes it here, he's comfortable here and he's pitching well," Luhnow said.
Fantasy Tip: Maybe he's a long-term investment for them, or they're waiting for the right deal and it hasn't come their way yet. Don't write off the possibility, but Qualls' owners have to like the increasing chances he remains in save chances during his big rebound season.
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:44:31 -0700
Several teams have expressed interest in Houston Astros CL Chad Qualls, according to a major league source.
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 07:30:35 -0700
The Detroit Tigers are interested in Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria, Texas Rangers RP Jason Frasor, and Houston Astros RP Chad Qualls, according to league sources.
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:35:42 -0700
Houston Astros CL Chad Qualls blew his second save of the season Thursday, June 12.
Fantasy Tip: He has a bit of rope in that beleaguered bullpen.
Fri, 16 May 2014 14:11:11 -0700
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said RP Chad Qualls is his closer.
Fantasy Tip: This move was more or less already assumed, since Porter had announced a week ago that he'd use Qualls and Anthony Bass to close, and now Bass is on the disabled list. Qualls has been pitching better of late and should be owned in all leagues.
Fri, 02 May 2014 14:12:16 -0700
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said RP Josh Fields will not pitch in high-pressure innings for a while. The team will go with a combination of RPs Chad Qualls and Anthony Bass to close, for now.
Fantasy Tip: Qualls started the year as the favorite to close out games with Jesse Crain (shoulder) on the DL, but a rough start ended those hopes. He'll get another shot, along with fellow righty Bass. Qualls has more experience in the role and should be your first target on the waiver wire. Bass is a consolation prize. None of these options particularly stick out, however, so don't rule out Fields or even Raul Valdes usurping Qualls or Bass before Crain returns later this month.
Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:08:56 -0700
Houston Astros RP Jesse Crain (shoulder) has developed bursitis, and his timetable for a return is no longer in early May. He will not be able to start throwing for another week to 10 days.
Fantasy Tip: Josh Fields should continue to see the majority of the save chances in the near future, with Chad Qualls as the primary backup option. If you've been stashing Crain, you'll have to wait a bit longer, but as this point he may not even be guaranteed the ninth-inning job when he returns.
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:17:58 -0700
Houston Astros RP Chad Qualls picked up the save Sunday, April 6.
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:49:06 -0700
Updating a previous report, Houston Astros RPs Matt Albers, Chad Qualls and Joshua Fields will form the team's closer-by-committee, at least to start the year. In the team's opening day win over the New York Yankees Tuesday, April 1, RP Kevin Chapman stranded three inherited runners in the seventh before RP Chad Qualls induced a double-play groundball after the Yanks scored twice in the eighth. Albers worked a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation. "Tonight Qualls and Albers were able to get the job done," manager Bo Porter said. Porter said his choices in the late innings will depend on game circumstances and matchups.
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 06:49:31 -0700
Houston Astros RPs Chad Qualls, Matt Albers and Joshua Fields are amidst the team's closer committee. "A lot of it will depend on the match-ups," pitching coach Brent Strom said. "Obviously, with the one left-hander (Kevin Chapman) we have on the staff, Albers and Qualls qualify as left-handed pitchers given the repertoire and the way they throw. One of the things that Fields brings to the table is the strikeouts, which obviously is an important stat."
Fantasy Tip: Qualls is the safe bet because of his experience, but Fields is the wild card. He possesses a much liver arm and could be thrust into the role with early season success.