UPDATES & NEWS
Aroldis Chapman racked up his 21st save after he struck out the side for a perfect ninth inning against the Pirates on Sunday.
The month of July has been very good to Chapman as he's now made six scoreless appearances, earned five saves and posted a 14:2 K:BB over just six innings. He has done nothing but re-establish his elite status after missing the beginning of the season because of a line drive that got bounced off his face during spring training. A killer arm and killer job security; what more could you want from your closer?ANALYST: Howard Bender
Jed Lowrie left Monday's game with a thumb injury. He's going back to Houston Tuesday for an MRI.
In all likelihood Jonathan Villar or Marwin Gonzalez will fill in for Lowrie if he misses extended time, but there's an outside chance the first-place Astros call up uber-prospect Carlos Correa for his first major league taste. Correa is murdering the Texas League (Double-A) to the tune of .375/.429/.719 with four home runs and two stolen bases. He's worth a speculative add in competitive leagues until the situation becomes more clear. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has hinted that he wouldn't be scared to "lift" Correa straight from Double-A at some point. Analysis: Spencer Silva