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1/28/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have signed 35-year-old first baseman Carlos Pena to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Insight: Pena has hit just .211 with a .767 OPS over the last five seasons. He hit .207 with eight homers in 89 games with Houston and Kansas City last year and will try to earn a bench role with the Angels in spring training. The Angels also signed former Tigers and Yankees outfielder Brennan Boesch to a minor league deal Tuesday.
 
7/22/2013 6:55:00 PM
Description: Houston first baseman Carlos Pena has been designated for assignment.
Insight: You know you're having a bad year when the Astros have to cut you loose. Pena has been a strikeout machine this season, whiffing 89 times in 277 at bats.
 
6/20/2013 8:20:00 PM
Description: Astros first baseman Carlos Pena hit a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday versus the Brewers.
Insight: Pena is only hitting .223 this season. That average was tolerable when he was hitting 30-35 homers, but he has just eight blasts this season.
 
5/27/2013 9:34:00 AM
Description: Astros first baseman Carlos Pena is 3-for-6 with two home runs and a 2.071 OPS versus Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin.
Insight: For a guy who has averaged .234 for his career, that's a huge jump in production and makes him a fantasy-worthy starter for one day.
 
5/20/2013 10:53:00 AM
Description: Astros first baseman Carlos Pena is 9-for-26 (.346) with a 1.038 OPS versus Royals hurler Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: For a guy who has averaged .234 for his career and .208 over the past four seasons, that's a huge jump in production and makes him a fantasy-worthy starter for one day.
 
5/15/2013 11:08:00 AM
Description: Astros first baseman Carlos Pena is hitless in eight at-bats versus Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Pena is .231 batting average this year which is a significant improvement from what he hit in 2012 (.197 in 160 games for Tampa Bay). Even so, this matchup should be avoided.
 
5/9/2013 1:09:00 PM
Description: Astros first baseman Carlos Pena has been dreadful against Los Angeles starter Jason Vargas (.091 in 11 at bats).
Insight: The sad thing is that Pena's .230 batting average this year is a significant improvement from what he hit in 2012 (.197 in 160 games for Tampa Bay). Even when he's hitting home runs (he only has three this season), Pena's too risky to own in any fantasy leagues.
 
5/7/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: Houston first baseman Carlos Pena is rarely a good value when facing a left-hander and his matchup history with Angels southpaw C.J. Wilson is no exception. He's just 1-for-10 with four strikeouts in their matchups.
Insight: Pena is a career .207 hitter against lefties with an OPS 134 points lower than against right-handers. Sit him on Tuesday.
 
4/29/2013 12:14:00 PM
Description: Houston first baseman Carlos Pena is a .326 hitter (14-for-43) against Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte with six home runs and a 1.257 OPS.
Insight: Those numbers are completely out of character for Pena who is a career .206 hitter against lefties with an OPS 136 points lower. He collected two hits on Sunday to break up a five-game hitless streak and this matchup makes him a nice play on Monday.
 
4/25/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Houston first baseman Carlos Pena is a .182 hitter (6-for-33) against Boston starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Pena mostly faced Buchholz when he was a member of the Rays. This season, Pena has produced his usual low batting average (.208) and high strikeout total (21), but has only two homers.
 
4/22/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Houston first baseman Carlos Pena, a career .234 hitter, has a lifetime .118 batting average (2-for-17) against Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez.
Insight: The left-handed slugger has a career average 41 points higher against right-handers, but not this right-hander. Avoid this matchup.
 
4/17/2013 9:33:00 AM
Description: Houston first baseman Carlos Pena, a career .234 hitter, has a lifetime .303 batting average against Oakland right-hander Bartolo Colon with three home runs and a .927 OPS. of course he's also struck out 15 of 33 times, so as always he's an all-or-nothing option.
Insight: The left-handed slugger has a career average 41 point higher against right-handers and is a viable fantasy option for Wednesday.
 
4/6/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Houston first baseman Carlos Pena is an all-or-nothing option on Saturday against Oakland starter Bartolo Colon. They have faced each other 30 times and Pena is batting .300 off of him with three homers, but he's also struck out 15 times.
Insight: The left-handed slugger has an ugly .234 career batting average, but has hit 28 or more homers in five of the last six seasons. If you can deal with the low average and high strikeouts he can help deliver the long ball and knock in runs.
 
12/17/2012 1:59:00 PM
Description: First baseman Carlos Pena is apparently signing to play with the Houston Astros for 2013.
Insight: The left-handed slugger has an ugly .234 career batting average, but has hit 28 or more homers in five of the last six seasons. If you can deal with the low average and high strikeouts he can help deliver the long ball and knock in runs.
 
9/26/2012 9:56:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman Carlos Pena is a career .282 hitter with six homers and 14 RBI against Boston lefty Jon Lester.
Insight: The batting average against the lefty Lester is unusually high for Pena who is a lifetime .206 hitter versus left-handers. Take advantage of this rare lefty-lefty favorable matchup and start Pena despite his ugly numbers this season.
 
Cold9/3/2012 10:55:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman Carlos Pena has struck out 26 of the 45 official at-bats and is hitting just .133 against Yankees lefty C.C. Sabathia.
Insight: Pena is hitting a dismal .191 this year with 17 HR and 51 RBI, but I would not start him today or until/if he starts to hit the ball again.
 
Cold8/31/2012 10:12:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman Carlos Pena is hitless in 12 official at-bats against Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow with four strikeouts.
Insight: Pena is hitting a dismal .188 this year. I would not start Pena today as long as Morrow is the starter.
 
Cold8/29/2012 9:48:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman Carlos Pena is hitless in eight official at-bats against Rangers lefty Matt Harrison. He's struck out four times, while managing two walks.
Insight: Pena is hitting a dismal .188 this year and an even uglier .162 against left-handers. There are no circumstances in which I would start Pena today as long as a lefty starts the game for Texas.
 
Cold8/27/2012 7:35:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman Carlos Pena is sitting out Monday night against the Rangers.
Insight: Pena is hitting a dismal .165 since the All-Star break. We don't see a whole lot of upside here. Drop Pena if you haven't already.
 
8/27/2012 10:29:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman Carlos Pena is a career .111 hitter (1-for-9) against Rangers lefty Derek Holland with five strikeouts.
Insight: It is rarely a good idea to play Pena against left-handers with his career .205 batting average and this year is even worse as he's managed just 22 hits in 136 at-bats (.162) against southpaws. He hasn't hit over .200 in a month since April - sit him.
 

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