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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%: 38/28 | Average Draft Position: 281.29
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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.

Chad Qualls works perfect ninth inning for fourth save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls struck out one and worked a 1-2-3 inning, securing a 3-1 win and the save over the Orioles on Thursday. He needed only eight pitches to retire the side in order.

Qualls has not allowed a hit over his last 5 1/3 innings. He is 4 for 5 in save chances with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 16 1/3 innings of relief.

Chad Qualls' job security counts for something


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/21/2014) Among newcomers to the closer role like Sean Doolittle and Jenrry Mejia and potential newcomers to the role like Zach Britton and Jason Motte, Chad Qualls has gotten passed over in Fantasy -- and for good reason. He pitches for the Astros, who haven't won even 60 games since 2010, and he hasn't exactly dominated in middle relief over the years.

Still, he's unquestionably the guy in Houston. Manager Bo Porter confirmed it just a few days ago, and it's not like he has anyone else who will suffice in the role, at least not until Jesse Crain returns from a biceps injury.

Doolittle looks like he can take the job and run with it in Oakland, but with Jim Johnson making the kind of money he makes behind him, you never know. Terry Collins has changed his mind so many times in New York that can't put too much faith in anyone he anoints. Buck Showalter threw a wrench in the Baltimore situation by using Britton ahead of Darren O'Day in a blowout win Tuesday, and the possibility of Motte overtaking Trevor Rosenthal in St. Louis is nothing more than speculation.

Granted, I'd rather own all of them than Qualls since they're indeed better pitchers in better situations, but if you miss out on them, the Astros closer isn't a bad consolation.


Chad Qualls tosses 1-2-3 inning for the save Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls struck out one and needed only 13 pitches to complete a perfect ninth inning, securing a 6-5 win and the save over the White Sox on Saturday.

Qualls has 10 consecutive scoreless outings now since blowing a save in Oakland on April 19. He is 2 for 3 in save chances with a 3.29 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP in 13 2/3 innings.


Bo Porter: Chad Qualls set as closer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Perhaps the unsettled Astros closer situation has been settled. Bo Porter said Friday that Chad Qualls will close games going forward, MLB.com has reported.

Houston has used Josh Fields and Anthony Bass in that role, but not consistently. Qualls has pitched scoreless ball since April 19, after which he has pitched 7 2/3 innings and given up six hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.


Chad Qualls picks up win vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls earned his first win of the season Wednesday, striking out one in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 5-4 win over the Rangers.

Qualls (1-1) needed just four pitches to get a strikeout and groundout to end the top of the ninth inning, and his offense delivered a walkoff single in the bottom of the inning. He owns a 3.55 ERA and 15:3 K:BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings.


Chad Qualls retires the side for save No. 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls retired the side in order on Sunday, securing a 5-2 victory over the Orioles and his second save of the season. He needed only 15 pitches, 11 for strikes.

Qualls has not allowed a run over his last eight innings pitched. He owns a 3.75 ERA with a 1.75 WHIP and 14:3 K:BB ratio in 12 innings.

Chad Qualls unavailable Saturday with sinus issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls was unavailable for Saturday's game against the Orioles due to a sinus issue, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Qualls has strung together seven straight scoreless outings since surrendering three earned runs in a loss to the A's on April 19. He owns a 4.09 ERA and 14:3 K:BB ratio in 11 innings.


Bo Porter announces changes in late-inning roles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Scuffling right-hander Josh Fields will not be used in late-inning pressure situations for the Astros for the time being, Bo Porter announced on Friday.

Fields has been miserable lately. He has given up nine earned runs on eight hits in his last 1 1/3 innings as his ERA has skyrockted to 9.58. He has struggled in particular against left-handed batters.

The job of holding opponents down late in close games will fall on Chad Qualls and Anthony Bass until further notice.


Chad Qualls falls apart in blown save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Astros reliever Chad Qualls went for his second save of the season Saturday, but couldn't close the deal in a 4-3 loss to the Athletics.

Qualls recorded just a single out in his save attempt, as the A's jumped all over him in the ninth. He allowed a leadoff home run and then put the next two batters on base via a walk and a hit. He recorded his first out, but then the A's finished the game with consecutive singles to bring across the winning runs.

Qualls now has a 9.00 ERA and 2.80 WHIP in six appearances, spanning five innings of work. 


Chad Qualls picks up first save vs. Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Astros relief pitcher Chad Qualls collected his first save of the season on Sunday against the Angels.

Qualls entered the game for Anthony Bass with one out in the ninth inning. He worked his way past one hit and struck out one before securing a 7-4 victory. Matt Albers and Qualls are the only two pitchers in the bullpen to have recorded saves this season for the Astros, as manager Bo Porter continues a closer-by-committee approach.

Three potential Astros closers pitch in non-save situation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Though Bo Porter has declared a closer-by-committee approach for the Astros to start the season, one might glean from the Tuesday box score that early favorite Josh Fields has a leg up on the job.

Kevin Chapman, Chad Qualls and Matt Albers all pitched in the victory over the Yankees in non-save situations. Fields was held back, which indicates he will be first in line to close out games. Albers pitched the ninth, but since it was the season opener for Houston, it cannot be argued that he was merely getting his work in.


Three players among closer options for Astros


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Astros manager Bo Porter announced before the season opener against the Yankees that relievers Matt Albers, Josh Fields and Chad Qualls are all candidates to close Tuesday.

Astros intend to go with closer-by-committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Astros manager Bo Porter said Sunday he expects to open the season with a closer-by-committee approach. He said the plans could change, but right now no one has taken hold of the job.

Before spring training began, Porter had identified Josh Fields, Matt Albers, Chad Qualls and Jesse Crain as candidates for the closer's role. Unfortunately, Crain has been sidelined all spring due to injury.


Competition for Houston's closer's job remains wide open


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Astros manager Bo Porter said Monday the competition for the closer's role is wide open between Josh Fields, Matt Albers, Chad Qualls and Jesse Crain, according to the Houston Chronicle. However, Porter acknowledged Qualls experience as a closer carries some value.

Crain, however, might have a tough time competing for the job this spring since Porter said Monday there is still no timetable for when Crain will throw off a mound. The veteran reliever is still recovering from right biceps surgery in October.


Chad Qualls, Matt Albers among Astros closer candidates


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) Relief pitchers Chad Qualls and Matt Albers are the strongest candidates for the Astros closer role, according to the Houston Chronicle

Though Qualls is coming off back surgery, he's probably in the lead for the position. Jesse Crain may have been considered, but it's starting to look like he'll miss the beginning of the year with arm trouble. Qualls didn't dwell on the potential to close out games, saying that decision was up to manager Bo Porter.

Albers did the same. When asked whether he cared about his role, Albers said he wouldn't mind pitching in the seventh, eighth or ninth inning. 

Both players will likely compete for the job during spring training. Unless Crain can come back soon, they look to be the favorites for the position.


Chad Qualls signs two-year deal with Astros


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2013) The Astros signed reliever Chad Qualls to a two-year deal worth $6 million on Saturday, according to FOX Sports. Quall will have an option for his third year worth roughly $3.5 million.

Qualls went 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA over 62.0 innings of work last season.

Five Marlins become free agents


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) Marlins outfielder Juan Pierre, third baseman Placido Polanco, outfielder Matt Diaz, outfielder Austin Kearns and relief pitcher Chad Qualls have filed for free agency.

All were just role players in 2013. Qualls figures to attract the most interest after posting a 2.61 ERA in 66 appearances.