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Astros' Lance McCullers: Quality start to end regular season
McCullers (4-2) took the loss Monday, allowing one run on six hits and one walk over six innings against the Phillies. He struck out five.
McCullers finished the season on a high note, with his fourth consecutive quality start. His only major mistake came on the very first pitch he threw, a sinker that caught too much of the plate which Kyle Schwarber took the other way to left field for a solo home run. The earned run was enough to prevent McCullers from earning the win as he was outdueled by Aaron Nola. In his nine starts this season, the 29-year-old went 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA, which he will look to build on with a full workload next year.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Looks ready to go Monday
McCullers (illness) is on track to make his scheduled start Monday against the Phillies, MLB.com reports.
Barring a setback in his recovery from the illness while he's warming up Monday, McCullers looks poised to rejoin the rotation for what will be his final tune-up outing before the postseason. McCullers missed his last turn through the rotation last week against the Diamondbacks on account of the illness, with the 29-year-old right-hander losing some weight as a result of the ailment. He has since regained some strength and looks ready to go Monday, though the Astros could be cautious with his usage.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Targeting Monday start
McCullers (illness) is targeting a return Monday against the Phillies, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
McCullers missed his start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks due to an illness, but it looks as though he might only need to miss one turn in the rotation. He threw Friday and is in line for one more start before the end of the regular season, assuming he's cleared to pitch.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Scratched Tuesday with illness
McCullers was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks due to an illness, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
It's unclear when McCullers will make his next appearance for the Astros, but Luis Garcia will start in his place Tuesday. The Astros only have four games left this week after Tuesday and a handful of well-rested starting options.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Snags win versus Tampa Bay
McCullers (4-1) got the win after he pitched seven innings, surrendering two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight Wednesday versus Tampa Bay.
McCullers gave up one run in the sixth frame before Isaac Paredes took him deep for a solo shot in the seventh inning, accounting for the final tally against him in the contest. The right-hander has yet to allow more than three runs in any outing since making his season debut Aug. 13, making seven starts over that stretch. He now owns a 2.38 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with 45 punchouts over 41.2 innings this year.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Punches out 11 in no-decision
McCullers allowed two runs on two hits and four walks while striking out 11 in six innings during a 5-2 win over Oakland on Thursday. He did not factor into the decision.
McCullers navigated some wildness Thursday with just 59 of his 99 pitches going for strikes, though he was able to hold Oakland to only two hits. Both runs against him came in the fourth inning when he allowed four of the first five batters to reach safely. It was the first time he exceeded seven strikeouts in a start this season and represents his most strikeouts in a game since Game 2 of the 2020 American League Championship Series.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Goes seven strong for win
McCullers (3-1) gave up two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six over seven innings to earn the win in a 4-3 victory over the Angels on Friday.
McCullers continued to impress since coming off the injured list with a flexor tendon strain in August. He handled the Angles with ease, racking up 15 whiffs thanks in part to a nasty inside slider to right-handed hitters that broke back over the plate with plenty of movement. The only damage came on a two-run home run to Mike Trout, who has been on fire as of late. McCullers will carry an excellent ERA of 2.20 into a favorable start next week that tentatively lines him up for a meeting with the Athletics.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Solid again Friday
McCullers (2-1) allowed two runs on six hits and four walks while striking out seven over 5.2 innings to earn the win Friday over the Angels.
McCullers fell one out shy of a quality start. He faded late, allowing both runs in the sixth inning before Phil Maton finished the frame. McCullers has looked sharp, allowing five runs through 21.1 innings, good for a 2.08 ERA despite a 1.52 WHIP across his four starts this year. He's yet to walk fewer than three batters in any single outing, which is a poor rate even though he's never been a pitcher with outstanding command. The right-hander is lined up for a favorable home start versus the Rangers next week.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Looks good in third start
McCullers gave up four hits and three walks while striking out two over five scoreless innings in a 2-0 loss to the Orioles on Friday. He did not factor into the decision.
McCullers held the Orioles scoreless in his third start of the season since returning from the 60-day injured list with a flexor tendon strain. McCullers allowed seven baserunners and only managed a couple of punchouts, but solid defensive play by Jose Altuve helped to keep the opposition off the board. Nevertheless, he was outdueled by Kyle Bradish and was forced to settle with the no-decision. McCullers lowered his ERA to 1.69 through 16 innings with the performance. He is tentatively expected to make his next start against the Angels.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Takes loss in second game
McCullers (1-1) took the loss to Atlanta on Friday, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking three over five innings.
After pitching a six-inning gem versus Oakland in his first game back from injury, McCullers did not fare as well in his second outing. The Atlanta offense got to him early thanks to a third-inning three-run homer from Austin Riley. The righty allowed three walks in the contest after allowing four in his previous one, something McCullers has struggled with in past seasons. He's never posted a BB/9 lower than 3.0 in his first six seasons. He will take a 2.45 ERA into his next appearance.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Pitches well in season debut
McCullers (1-0) earned the win against Oakland on Saturday, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out five and walking four across six innings.
McCullers showed a little rust in his season debut after returning from the IL, but he still managed to pitch well enough to win. He threw 47 of 81 pitches for strikes and walked four batters but also allowed only two hits and struck out five. The outing resulted in a quality start for the righty.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Officially reinstated from IL
McCullers (forearm) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list Saturday.
McCullers suffered a setback in his recovery from a flexor tendon strain during the offseason but will make his 2022 debut as the starter during Saturday's game against the Athletics. The right-hander made four starts during his recent rehab assignment and tossed 86 pitches over five innings during his most recent outing, so he's unlikely to face any significant restrictions Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Season debut set for Saturday
The Astros will activate McCullers (forearm) from the 60-day injured list to start Saturday's game against the Athletics at Minute Maid Park, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Houston had been running a five-man rotation since dealing away Jake Odorizzi ahead of last week's trade deadline, but McCullers' return from the IL will bring the Astros back to six starters. The right-hander will be making his first appearance for the big club since the ALDS last fall, after an offseason setback in his recovery from a flexor tendon strain kept him on the shelf for the first four months of the current campaign. McCullers wrapped up his four-start rehab assignment with a five-inning, 86-pitch effort at Triple-A Sugar Land on Sunday, so he's unlikely to face any major workload restrictions while he takes the hill this weekend on five days' rest.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Goes five innings in rehab start
McCullers (forearm) struck out five over five innings and allowed five runs on seven hits -- including two home runs -- and three walks in his rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Sugar Land.
Making what was expected to be the fourth and final start of his minor-league rehab assignment, McCullers probably wasn't as sharp as the Astros envisioned, but he was at least able to get stretched out to five innings and 86 pitches Sunday. Assuming the Astros were satisfied with how McCullers checked out physically following the outing, he should be cleared to come off the 60-day injured list to make his next start with Houston, which is expected to move to a six-man rotation to accommodate him. He tentatively lines up to make his 2022 debut for the big club this weekend against the Athletics at Minute Maid Park.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Fourth rehab start coming Sunday
McCullers (forearm) is scheduled to make the fourth start of his rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Sugar Land.
In his most recent outing for Sugar Land on Tuesday, McCullers struck out five over 3.1 innings while allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. He built up to 76 pitches in that start, so if he's able to land in the 85-to-90 range Sunday, McCullers could be cleared to come off the 60-day injured list and rejoin the Houston rotation by the end of next week. The Astros already tentatively cleared a spot in their six-man rotation for McCullers by trading Jake Odorizzi to Atlanta on Monday.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Another rehab start Tuesday
McCullers (forearm) is scheduled to make his next rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Sugar Land, Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reports.
McCullers threw 52 pitches over three innings during his last rehab outing, and he'll continue building up his workload Tuesday. The 28-year-old is expected to make another rehab appearance the following Sunday if all goes well, which could be his final outing before being inserted into Houston's rotation.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Goes three innings Wednesday
McCullers (forearm) made a minor-league rehab start with Triple-A Sugar Land on Wednesday, covering three innings and striking out four while allowing two earned runs on three hits and one walk.
After making his first rehab start and 2022 debut with Double-A Corpus Christi on July 22, McCullers returned to the mound on four days' rest to pitch for the Astros' top affiliate. He built up to 52 pitches (30 strikes) in the outing and will likely need to complete at least two more rehab starts before the Astros are comfortable bringing him back from the 60-day injured list. Jake Odorizzi (finger) and Jose Urquidy would seemingly be most at risk of losing their spots in Houston's six-man rotation once McCullers is activated, and a trade to clear a spot for the 28-year-old wouldn't come as a surprise.... See More ... See Less
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