Chad Qualls RP HOU 1 Day

Chad Qualls blew a save and took a loss as the Astros fell to the A's on Saturday afternoon.

Qualls entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with Houston leading 3-1 and promptly gave up a leadoff homer to Jed Lowrie. He then walked Josh Donaldson and allowed a single to Yoenis Cespedes. One batter later Alberto Callaspo tied the game with an RBI single and then Josh Reddick won it with a walkoff base hit to center field. If Astros manager Bo Porter isn't going to name a closer, he should be a little craftier with his late-inning matchups.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 29 Days

Astros manager Bo Porter announced that he will begin the season with a closer by committee.

Expect Chad Qualls, Matt Albers and Josh Fields to divide save opportunities at the outset, though Kevin Chapman absolutely should be owned in AL-only formats as the only projected southpaw currently in Houston's bullpen, according to the website MLB Depth Charts. Qualls is the favorite to end the season with the most saves, but that says more about his competition than it does about him. This bullpen is an absolute mess, same as last year, and the Triple-A isn't hiding any saviors.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 30 Days

Chad Qualls, Matt Albers and Josh Fields all pitched scoreless innings against the Cardinals on Saturday.

Manager Bo Porter is still trying to decide on a closer, and these three are his most likely options. Qualls was the favorite going in, but he's allowed four runs in seven innings this spring. Albers has allowed two runs in his seven innings, and Fields has given up just one run. While Porter will likely settle on one from the trio at the start, the ideal for the Astros is that Jesse Crain comes back strong and secures to job in late April or early May.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 1 Month

Chad Qualls gave up a homer to Ian Kinsler in his inning against the Tigers on Saturday.

Qualls has allowed three runs in four innings this spring. He's the favorite to close for Houston with Jesse Crain set to miss at least the first couple of weeks this season, but he is leaving the door open for someone else to take the job.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 2 Months

Making his spring debut, Chad Qualls gave up two runs and three hits in his inning versus the Braves on Sunday.

This after he took a blown save in an intrasquad game last week. With Jesse Crain likely to start off on the DL, Qualls is the clear favorite to begin the season as the Astros' closer. However, if he struggles this month, the door will be open for Josh Fields.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 2 Months

Astros manager Bo Porter said Monday that the team's closer role is "totally open."

"We'll figure out as the course of spring goes on and the season goes on who's best suited for that role, but it will be collectively a group effort to get those late outs in the back end of the game," Porter said. "I think it's totally open because I think competition brings out the best in all of us." Porter listed Jesse Crain, Chad Qualls, Josh Fields and Matt Albers as possibilities for the role. Crain would probably be the favorite if he was healthy, but he's set to begin the year on the DL. Porter mentioned closing experience and the ability to induce grounders as characteristics he'd like in his ninth inning man, which sure makes it sound like Qualls has the leg up for the gig.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 4 Months

Astros signed RHP Chad Qualls to a two-year, $9.5 million contract.

The deal includes a club option for 2016. The right-hander fell on hard times in 2012 but rebounded to post a 2.61 ERA and 1.23 WHIP as a middle reliever with the Marlins this past season. Qualls, who saved 24 games as recently as 2009, could also see some late-game action with Houston.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 9 Months

Marlins activated RHP Chad Qualls from the paternity leave list.

Qualls returns to a 2.89 ERA over 27 relief appearances this season. He'll resume a setup role.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 9 Months

Marlins placed RHP Chad Qualls on the paternity leave list.

Qualls has a 2.89 ERA over 27 appearances with the Marlins this season. Tom Koehler has been recalled to replace him on the active roster.

Chad Qualls RP HOU Mar 31 '13

Marlins purchased the contract of RHP Chad Qualls from Triple-A New Orleans.

Qualls earned a spot by posting a 2.70 ERA and 6/2 K/BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings during Grapefruit League play. He'll work the middle innings.