Josh Fields RP HOU 8 Days

After coming in with a 6-1 lead, Josh Fields allowed three runs -- two earned -- in the ninth Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Fields was pulled after retiring two of the five batters he faced, allowing Anthony Bass to come in and get a one-out save. While it wasn't a save situation for Fields tonight, this won't help his chances of getting the next save chance generated. As is, both he and Chad Qualls, who pitched a scoreless eighth tonight, have identical 4.91 ERAs and 1.91 WHIPs. It bodes well for Matt Albers perhaps getting some save opps once he returns from paternity leave.

Josh Fields RP HOU 15 Days

Josh Fields struck out one over a perfect inning to earn the save in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

Fields needed just 10 pitches to dispose of the Yankees in order, getting a popout and a foulout sandwiched around a strikeout of Brian Roberts. Matt Albers pitched before Fields and also looked terrific, giving up a hit but striking out the other four batters he faced. Chad Qualls was nowhere to be found after allowing a run on three hits Tuesday. The Astros bullpen has the makings of a true committee, at least until Jesse Crain (biceps) is ready, but Fields could be at the top of the pecking order right now.

Josh Fields RP HOU 29 Days

Josh Fields fanned all three batters he faced in the ninth Thursday against the Phillies.

Oddly, one of those hitters was a pitcher -- the Phillies let Sean O'Sullivan hit for himself in the ninth -- but at least two of the guys did, in fact, hit for a living. Fields has probably been the best of Houston's closer candidates this spring, with one run allowed and a 5/0 K/BB ratio in six innings. It's still unlikely, but maybe he'll get the gig over Chad Qualls on Opening Day.

Josh Fields RP HOU 2 Months

Josh Fields expressed his desire on Friday to compete for the Astros ninth-inning gig, but understands why a pair of veteran hurlers were brought in as well.

Jesse Crain and Chad Qualls were acquired via free agency this offseason, with Crain the leading candidate for saves in the Astros bullpen provided he's healthy to begin the season. Fields, who finished the season in that capacity, posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 40/18 K/BB ratio over 38 innings of work in his rookie campaign.

Josh Fields RP HOU 7 Months

Josh Fields allowed a solo homer but escaped to earn his fourth save of the season against the Mariners on Monday.

Fields entered the cushiest of save situation: A three-run ninth inning lead in Seattle. He settled down after Brad Miller's home run and didn't allow another base runner. Fields isn't a good fantasy closer -- he isn't even a good reliever, period, as his 5.91 ERA would attest -- but it appears as though he's leapfrogged Chia-Jen Lo as Bo Porter's preferred ninth-inning option. Lo coughed up two runs in the seventh inning and now owns a 5.40 ERA.

Josh Fields RP HOU 7 Months

Josh Fields worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings to record his third save of the season Thursday against the A's.

The Astros' closer-by-committee is drama at its worst, a soap opera with non-existent ratings. Fields is a member of it, but would you believe that this is his first save since August 14? Chia-Jen Lo seemed to be the pilot of this airplane filled with lost souls, but he dropped to 0-3 when the Twins flogged him for four runs on Monday. Skipper Bo Porter hasn't called on Lo and his 5.25 ERA since. Mixed leaguers waste a roster spot on a Houston reliever at their own peril.

Josh Fields RP HOU 8 Months

Josh Fields took a loss by giving up Josh Hamilton's walkoff homer in the 10th inning Saturday.

Fields retired four Angels before surrendering the blast. He did pick up his second save against the A's on Wednesday, but he's behind Chia-Jen Lo in line for save chances right now.

Josh Fields RP HOU 8 Months

Josh Fields struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the season on Wednesday against the A's.

Chia-Jen Lo had pitched in two straight games, so skipper Bo Porter elected to call on Fields, who was enjoying the one-week anniversary of his first career blown save, a three-run fiasco against the Red Sox. Lo, who hasn't allowed a run in six appearances, remains Houston's closer, while Porter's decision on Wednesday indicates that Fields is still next in line.

Josh Fields RP HOU 8 Months

Josh Fields allowed three runs in an inning of work to register his first blown save of the year on Wednesday.

Fields picked up his first save on August 5 and promptly blew his first save two days later. He was called on to protect a 5-4 lead but Stephen Drew launched a three-run homer, Fields' sixth home run allowed in just 21 innings of work this year, to spoil his night. Regardless of whether he keeps the job after Wednesday, Fields is just too scary to rely on for saves.

Josh Fields RP HOU 11 Months

Astros activated RHP Josh Fields from the 15-day disabled list.

Fields posted a 1.80 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio in 10 innings over seven rehab appearances and is now ready to rejoin the Astros' bullpen. The 27-year-old has been sidelined since the first week of the season due to a right forearm strain.