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50 Chad Qualls RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/239 | Birthdate: 8/17/1978 | Birthplace: Harbor City, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: Nevada-Reno | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $1,150,000 | Owned/Started%: 31/21 | Average Draft Position: 280.60
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Chad Qualls can't shut the door Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Astros closer Chad Qualls blew a save Wednesday against the Athletics.

Qualls entered with a one-run lead, and couldn't come up with the save. After a leadoff single and a steal put a base-runner in scoring position, Qualls gave up a game-tying single. With a man on, and two outs, Qualls gave up a two-run shot to Sam Fuld. He was pulled after giving up another single. 

The Astros couldn't mount a comeback, giving Qualls the loss. He dropped to 1-4.


Chad Qualls staying with Astros


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Astros reliever Chad Qualls will stay with Houston, according to MLB.com.

Qualls was claimed on waivers by the Tigers, but the two sides couldn't agree on a contract. Qualls is not eligible to be dealt for the rest of the season. He's posted a 3.00 ERA over 45 innings. 


Chad Qualls picks up 15th save Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls picked up his 15th save Tuesday against the Athletics.

Qualls entered the game with a two-run lead. He tossed a perfect inning, notching one strikeout in the process. Qualls threw 14 pitches, 11 of which were strikes. He lowered his ERA to 3.00 with the outing. 


Report: Tigers put in claim for Chad Qualls


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) The Tigers were the team that claimed Astros reliever Chad Qualls, ESPN.com reports Tuesday.

The Tigers will have until Wednesday to figure out a trade for Qualls, though the Astros also have the ability to pull him off waivers without sending him to Detroit. Qualls has 14 saves with a 3.07 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 44 innings for the Astros this season, and is under contract for $3 million next season. 


Chad Qualls claimed on waivers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls has been claimed on revocable waivers Monday, according to FoxSports.com.

Qualls will either be traded, pulled back or let go by Wednesday. It's not clear which team put in the claim for Qualls. Over 44 innings, Qualls has a 3.07 ERA. 


Chad Qualls likely unavailable Thursday as well


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls told MLB.com Thursday he does not expect to be available for that day's game against the Yankees, due to tightness in his lower back.

Qualls has not pitched since Tuesday, but does not think  the injury will require a disabled list trip. 


Chad Qualls unavailable Wednesday with back issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls was unavailable Wednesday due to a back injury, according to the Houston Chronicle

Jose Veras picked up the save with Qualls sidelined. Manager Bo Porter said he expects Qualls to be available out of the bullpen Thursday.


Chad Qualls picks up his 14th save Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls saved his 14th game Tuesday against the Yankees. 

Qualls entered the game with a three-run lead and didn't disappoint. He struck out the leadoff hitter to get things started, and then finished the game with a ground out and a fly out. Qualls threw 12 pitches, eight of which were strikes. He lowered his ERA to 3.14 with the outing. 


Chad Qualls allows run, picks up save Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Astros closer Chad Qualls gave up one earned run on three hits Friday but still earned his 13th save in his team's 4-3 win over the Rangers.

Qualls gave up a leadoff double and watched a run come home on a one-out single. After the Rangers put two runners on base with another single, Qualls was able to get a groundball double play to end the game. He owns a 3.38 ERA and 37:5 K:BB ratio in 40 innings.


Chad Qualls fans two in scoreless ninth for the save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Astros closer Chad Qualls struck out two and worked his way around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays Friday. Qualls has converted 12 of 15 save attempts, with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 38 2/3 innings of relief.

Chad Qualls serves up go-ahead homer against Blue Jays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Astros closer Chad Qualls took the loss Thursday night at home against the Blue Jays. Qualls permitted a go-ahead solo home run to Nick Reimold in the ninth inning, which proved to be the difference. He was charged with one run on one hit and no walks while striking out two over an inning of work. He owns a 3.35 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 37 2/3 innings of relief.

Astros not making Chad Qualls available pre-deadline


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Astros have informed inquiring teams that closer Chad Qualls is not available ahead of Thursday's trade deadline, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Astros have received plenty of interest in the 35-year-old, who is under contract for just $3 million next season. He has a 3.19 ERA and 11 saves in 15 chances this season.  


Chad Qualls blasted for five runs in blown save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls was rocked in a blown save Tuesday, giving up five earned runs on four hits and one walk in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 7-4 loss to the A's.

Qualls (1-2) was handed a 4-1 lead going into the ninth inning, but he let the A's tie the game with two outs before being removed with two runners still on base, both of whom would come around to score. Qualls owns a 3.19 ERA and 33:5 K:BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings.


GM: Chad Qualls likely to stay put in Houston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters that the team will likely not trade closer Chad Qualls before the July 31 trade deadline, MLB.com reports. Qualls has converted 11 saves in 13 chances with a 1.78 ERA over 35 1/3 innings this season.

"I hesitate to use the word 'untouchable,' but he likes it here, he's comfortable here and he's pitching well," Luhnow said. "To have a guy who's capable of pitching late in the game, in close games, we're going to have opportunity going forward. This is a team that's improving, and as the team improves, you have more save opportunities, more opportunities to pitch at the end of close games. We need more Chad Qualls. We don't need less."

Chad Qualls: I want to remain with Astros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Astros closer Chad Qualls might not remain a closer if he's traded before the deadline. That could be one reason he has expressed a desire to stay in Houston.

"I can't have any control over that," he told the Houston Chronicle. "I've been traded numerous times in my career. But you know, I signed here obviously to try to help this team win. And like I said from the beginning, if we could start to turn this organization around and start bringing winning ways to Houston, I thought that'd be pretty cool, and I always want to be a part of it."

Qualls went on to say that's why he signed a two-year deal with the Astros with a team option for another year and that he would like to retire with Houston. He has certainly done his part in helping the team improve this year by taking over the closer duties and nailing down 11 saves in 13 chances with a 1.78 ERA.


Chad Qualls retires Oakland 1-2-3 for another save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Astros closer Chad Qualls continued to shut down team after team Tuesday night in Oakland by nailing down his 11th save.

Qualls has just three saves since June 9, but only due to a lack of opportunity. He got the Athletics in order in the 12th inning, striking out Coco Crisp to end it.


Chad Qualls picks up first save in nearly a month


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Astros closer Chad Qualls notched his first save in nearly 20 days on Saturday afternoon against the Red Sox.

Qualls needed only three pitches to retire the final two outs of the game, securing a 3-2 victory for the Astros. He is 10 of 12 in save chances, with a 1.95 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over 32 1/3 innings of relief.


Chad Qualls could stay in Houston despite trade interest


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) The Astros are expecting to receive some interest in surprising closer Chad Qualls as the trading deadline approaches. But his strong performance and the fact that he signed a club-friendly two-year deal with the team last winter could keep him in town, per the Houston Chronicle.

Qualls has been lights-out since assuming the role. His ERA is at a season-low 1.84 after giving up a run in only one of his last 25 appearances and none since June 12.


Chad Qualls records save No. 9


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Astros closer Chad Qualls recorded his first save in over 10 days Friday, in a 3-1 win over the Rays.

Qualls did allow one run, though it was unearned thanks to an error earlier in the inning. Qualls ended the game with his second strikeout, ending a threat that saw the Rays put the tying run on base.

Qualls is now 9 for 11 on save chances this season, with a 2.10 ERA in 25 2/3 innings of work.  


Blown save not a deal-breaker for Chad Qualls


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/13/2014) Sometimes, you don't realize how right something's been until it goes wrong.

When Chad Qualls blew a save Thursday -- his first since taking over as Astros closer -- it ended a streak of 19 straight scoreless appearances. And he had allowed just two baserunners in his previous 12.

He obviously isn't that good and is probably better suited for middle relief, but with the Astros playing better of late, he's not the worst closer you could own in Fantasy.

Specifically, I've come up with four that I rank behind him. To know more about them, check out my latest post on the Fantasy Baseball Today blog. 


Chad Qualls loses late lead vs. Arizona


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls suffered his second blown save of the season Thursday night against the Diamondbacks.

Qualls surrendered a solo home run to Miguel Montero in the ninth inning to send the game to extras. He yielded one run on two hits and no walks in one innings of work. He owns a 2.28 and a 1.06 WHIP in 23 2/3 innings.

Chad Qualls closes out Diamondbacks


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls worked his way past a double and struck out one to close out a 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Qualls needed only 12 pitches to toss a scoreless ninth. He is 8 of 9 in save chances with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. 


Chad Qualls closes out Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls closed out the Twins in Minnesota on Friday, notching his seventh save of the season in a 5-4 win. Qualls needed only 13 pitches to retire the side in order. He is 7 for 8 in save chances with a 2.18 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in 20 2/3 innings.

Chad Qualls closes out Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls slammed the door shut on the Angels on Thursday, needing only 11 pitches to retire the side in order. He struck out one in an 8-5 victory.

Qualls has converted six of seven save opportunities this season, with a 2.29 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in 19 2/3 innings.

Chad Qualls extends scoreless streak in four-out save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls extended his scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings, as he struck out two and secured a four-out save Friday night against the Red Sox.

Qualls is 4 for 4 in save chances during his scoreless streak. He owns a 2.55 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 17 2/3 innings of relief.