Since homering three times in the first two games of the season, Correa has proceeded to slump pretty badly -- over a 24-game span prior to Wednesday, he went 19-for-84 (.226) with no homers, just one steal, six RBI and eight runs. Those aren't exactly the superstar stats we were hyped up to expect from him, but it's not surprising to see a 21-year-old embarking on his first full season in the majors hitting some peaks and valleys. With this big game, his average (.276) and OPS (.857) are almost exactly in line with last season's numbers.
After a terrible 2015, an awful start to 2016 had Castro well off most fantasy radars, but he's been showing signs of life recently. The 28-year-old backstop has homered in consecutive games and hit safely in five straight, going 7-for-15 with a 4:3 BB:K in that span. If you're needy at catcher -- and with the early injuries this season, many are -- he's worth a look.
He led off the bottom of the first with a homer, setting the tone for a huge offensive day on the part of the Astros. Altuve's hitting leadoff homers like Rickey Henderson come again, and if his steal totals don't equal Rickey's, well, they're still some of the best you'll see in today's game. There are precious few players who can be considered more valuable fantasy assets.
An early slump had Dozier's batting average dipping into the .100s, but he recovered in a big way during this three-game set against Houston, going 6-for-11. His stats have been pretty remarkably consistent over the last three seasons, so it seems likely that we'll see Dozier belt some more balls out of the yard soon as he continues his course correction.
The bullpen contributed by giving up another 10 runs, but Hughes did all the necessary damage by allowing three runs in each of the first two innings. He's been supremely hittable for years now, and with little upside and plenty of downside on a Twins team that doesn't win too often, Hughes belongs on fantasy waiver wires in the vast majority of leagues.
Perhaps manager A.J. Hinch jumped the gun a little by removing Fiers with two men on and the Astros up by five runs, but hey, it worked out for the team. The 30-year-old righty has seen his strikeout rate fall dramatically this year -- 6.95 K/9 compared to an 8.94 career mark -- but he's also cut his walk rate to by far a career low. Unfortunately, all those extra balls in play have resulted in a ton of hits (43, including eight homers, in 33.2 innings) that have burned Fiers' fantasy owners. Your fantasy pitching staff's got to be in a pretty bad place even to own Fiers in many formats at this point.
Bradley's finger was wrapped following Wednesday's contest, but he was still able to play all nine innings, so there's reason to believe he will not miss any further action. Bradley singled in Wednesday's game to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
Davis hardly seemed concerned about the status of his thumb, but it would be the explanation if he was held out of Thursday's lineup. The Orioles figure to confirm Davis' status for Thursday's game several hours before first pitch.
Feliz threw two perfect innings Wednesday for the second time in three days and struck out five batters over those four frames. He likely will be unavailable for a couple days as a result, so the Astros decided to send him down and bring back outfielder Jake Marisnick. Feliz has already had two stints with the big-league team this season, and figures to be among the top options next time the team needs to call up a reliever.
Marisnick has not hit at either the major-league or minor-league levels this year, but the Astros intend to give him another shot to earn playing time with the big league club. He will get his first opportunity Thursday with the Astros facing southpaw Wade Miley.