|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||22.20||0.00||1.00||0.00||5.15||1.59||20.00||9.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Oakland|| 6.1||0||0|| 1.42||0||1||2|
|vs LHB|| 13.1||0||0|| 6.75||0||5||10|
|vs RHB|| 23.0||0||0|| 5.09||0||9||17|
|Last 10 Games|
|Three Astros elect free agency |
|by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com|
(10/4/13) Three Astros left off the club's final 40-man roster have elected free agency, MLB.com reports. Pitchers Wade LeBlanc, Hector Ambriz and Edgar Gonzalez will all test the market this winter.
|Astros designate Hector Ambriz for assignment |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(9/5/13) The Astros designated pitcher Hector Ambriz for assignment Thursday, clearing a 40-man roster spot for outfielder Eric Thames, who was claimed on waivers Thursday.
Ambriz went 2-4 with a 5.70 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 27:14 K:BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings over 43 appearances with the Astros. He also posted a 5.40 ERA in 16 2/3 innings with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
|Hector Ambriz sent down by Astros |
|by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com|
(7/29/13) The Astros have optioned reliever Hector Ambriz to Triple-A Oklahoma City Monday, MLB.com reports. Ambriz, 29, had a 5.70 ERA over 36 1/3 innings this season in relief. He was 2-4 with 13 holds and three blown saves.
|Looking at the Astros' closer candidates |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(7/29/13) The Astros have yet to name a closer to replace Jose Veras, who they traded to the Tigers Monday, and if I had to guess, I'd say they go with a committee to start out. Hector Ambriz and Josh Fields were both mentioned as candidates this spring, and you have to figure Wesley Wright will factor against lefties.
But inevitably, every committee leads to one guy stepping up and claiming the role for himself, and the obvious candidate to do that here is Jose Cisnero. He's a hard-thrower with strikeout-per-inning stuff, and though his 3.48 ERA and 1.48 WHIP don't seem like anything special, both are skewed by a particularly ugly outing on May 11 in which he gave up eight hits and six earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. Remove it from the equation, and he has a 2.33 ERA and 1.34 WHIP on the year.
Still not impressed? Yeah, OK. Well, everyone left in the Astros bullpen has a high ERA and WHIP, which is probably the takeaway here. Though Cisnero is the reliever to target in deep leagues where saves are nowhere to be found on the waiver wire, you probably shouldn't bother with him outside of those leagues.
|Who would be next up to close for Houston? |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(7/24/13) Our Jon Heyman is reporting Astros closer Jose Veras is drawing considerable trade interest and appears likely to be dealt by the July 31 trade deadline. If that happens, then who closes for Houston?
That's a great question given the state of the team's bullpen. Astros' relievers have combined for the worst bullpen ERA (5.04) in the majors. In fact, Veras has the lowest ERA (3.12) among Houston's relievers.
In the event of a Veras' trade, the top internal candidates to take over as the team's closer are Jose Cisnero, Wesley Wright, Hector Ambriz and Josh Fields.
If you asked me this question in late June, then Cisnero would have been the easy choice. He was a rising arm in Houston's bullpen and gaining the trust of the coaching staff. However, he has struggled lately. He's walked 12 batters in his last 11 2/3 innings and has a 9.95 ERA in his last seven outings.
Fields could be a future MLB closer, but he has a 6.61 ERA. Wright could be more valuable as a lefty specialist and setup man. Also, Wright's name has come up in trade rumors, so he might be on the move as well. Ambriz is second on the team with two saves and has 13 holds, but also has a 5.66 ERA and 1.77 WHIP.
If Houston manager Bo Porter loses Veras, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if he chose a closer-by-committe approach. But if I had to stash one player in Fantasy, then I'd think I'd make it Cisnero since he does have plenty of upside.
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