• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Astros SP Lance McCullers so-so in final regular-season start

    Astros starter Lance McCullers (6-7) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts over five innings Sunday against Arizona. He did not factor into the decision.In 22 starts during the regular season, he finished with a respectable 3.22 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 129:43 K:BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings. Considering he just turned 22 years old a few days ago, those are excellent numbers. His 3.33 FIP suggests his success wasn't a fluke either. Coming off a strong rookie season, McCullers is a near-lock to open 2016 in the Houston rotation.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Astros SP Lance McCullers earns win in Monday's start

    Astros pitcher Lance McCullers won his sixth game behind a quality start Monday against Seattle, as he allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over six innings. He also struck out seven. Since a blowup against the Rangers to open August, McCullers has been lights out, with quality starts in six of his seven starts. He now has a 44:13 K:BB in that span. Still, Monday marked McCullers's first victory since July 29 against the Angels, a much needed reprieve after a stint in which the Astros scored more than three runs for him just twice. His ERA is down to 3.21.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Early homers doom Astros SP Lance McCullers in loss Tuesday

    Astros starter Lance McCullers took his seventh loss despite allowing three runs on four hits over seven innings Tuesday against the Angels. He struck out nine and didn't walk a batter. McCullers was aces after serving up home runs to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the first inning, as his next six went scoreless and he induced 12 swinging strikes and eight ground balls in 111 pitches. McCullers has quality starts in five of his past six starts and a brilliant 37:11 K:BB in that span. His ERA is a nifty 3.22.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Astros SP Lance McCullers suffers sixth loss of the season

    Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers (5-6) gave up three runs on five hits and three walks over six innings Thursday in a sweep-concluding loss to Texas. The Astros turned to their rookie hurler in an attempt to avoid a four-game embarrassment, but it was not to be. He's still delivered credible work of late, with a 3.19 ERA over his last five outings, through McCullers also hasn't won a game since way back on July 29 against the Angels. It's those Angels whom he'll draw Tuesday in his next start.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Astros SP Lance McCullers only OK in no-decision Saturday

    The strikeout pitch wasn't there for Astros starter Lance McCullers on Saturday, but he did keep his team in a game they eventually lost to the host Angels. McCullers, who fanned 22 in 20 innings over his previous three outings, whiffed only one in five innings. But he gave up just two runs on seven hits and two walks. An RBI single by David Freese and run-scoring groundout in the second proved to be the lone runs scored against McCullers, who has given up only eight runs over his last 25 innings pitched.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Astros set rotation plans for series vs. Angels

    The Astros will go with pitcher Dallas Keuchel to open their three-game series against the Angels on Friday, reports the Houston Chronicle. The team will then turn to rookie Lance McCullers to open Saturday's game and Mike Fiers will conclude the series on Sunday.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Astros SP Lance McCullers dazzles in no-decision on Saturday

    Astros rookie starter Lance McCullers was excellent on Saturday against the Twins. The young right-hander allowed just one run on three hits over seven solid innings. He walked two and struck out eight, but was left with a no-decision in the eventual 3-2 loss. McCullers didn't allow a hit until a lead-off double in the sixth inning. That runner would eventually come around to score for the only damage done against the 21-year-old. After Saturday's fine performance, McCuller's ERA sits at 3.07, as he has allowed a total of six earned runs over his last three starts since returning from the minor leagues.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Astros SP Lance McCullers continues inconsistent pattern

    Astros starter Lance McCullers got off to a slow start, walking three of the game's first four batters and then couldn't get back on track in a loss to the Twins on Sunday. McCullers would allow only four hits and three runs before departing after six innings, but Houston was held off the scoreboard until the ninth inning. McCullers (5-5) went 0-2 in three August starts, allowing 11 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Astros SP Lance McCullers makes MLB return with strong outing

    Astros starter Lance McCullers, who was recalled from Double-A to make Sunday's start, was impressive in spot duty, tossing seven strong innings against the Dodgers and earning a no-decision when Houston rallied for an extra-inning win. McCullers, whose last outing for Houston was a 1/3-inning, six-run disaster on Aug. 3, was much more effective Sunday, scattering eight hits over seven innings while striking out eight and walking none. McCullers (5-4) figures to be part of the Astros' rotation going forward as they push for a division title.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Astros shuffle pitching rotation to make room for Lance McCullers

    The Astros will call up pitcher Lance McCullers in order to start Sunday's game against the Dodgers, the team announced. McCullers was demoted in early August after posting a 3.17 ERA over 76 2/3 innings this season. With McCullers starting Sunday, the team will turn to pitchers Mike Fiers on Friday and Scott Kazmir on Saturday.