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43 Lance McCullers SP

Houston Astros

Fantasy Stats
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Key Stats
IPWLSVERAKSBB
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2018HOU1063.8625220000128.1100605512750142

Player Updates

March 12, 2020 12:04 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Fires two innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three over two scoreless innings in Wednesday's spring game against the Nationals.

McCullers needed 50 pitches (31 strikes) to get six outs and hit 95 mph with his fastball, according to Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports. "I'm very happy with the velo and happy with the way I'm able to move the fastball around, with the changeup early -- swing-and-miss changeup," he said. "I couldn't ask for anything more except maybe being a little more efficient with my pitch count." McCullers has moved up to the No. 2 slot in the rotation in the wake of Justin Verlander's lat injury and is expected to take the ball for the second game of the season, March 27, against the Angels.

March 7, 2020 11:44 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Throws 29 pitches Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers allowed two runs on two hits while striking out two in Friday's spring game against the Mets.

McCullers made his second Grapefruit League start -- and second since recovering from Tommy John surgery -- throwing 29 pitches (17 strikes). The right-hander told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com he mostly worked on his four-seamer during the outing. It's a pitch he's gotten away from recently, but he wants to feel comfortable with it again. McCullers is a curveball-heavy thrower who mixes in sinkers and changeups. He came out of Friday's outing pleased with those three pitches.

March 1, 2020 05:44 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Optimistic following spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers felt great after facing three batters in his first start since August of 2018, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

McCullers allowed one hit before striking out Paul Goldschmidt during the first inning of Sunday's 5-4 win against the Cardinals. The 26-year-old was sitting at 16 pitches after striking out Goldschmidt in the first inning and manager Dusty Baker didn't want to push it. McCullers sat out all of last season after having Tommy John surgery in November 2018. The 2017 All-Star is preparing to fill the No. 3 spot in a Houston starting rotation that is headlined by former Cy Young winners Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke.

February 27, 2020 03:08 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Spring debut on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers is scheduled to start Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

As expected, McCullers is on track to make his Grapefruit League debut over the weekend after tossing his first bullpen session of the spring earlier in the week. The right-hander, who missed all of the 2019 season while on the mend following Tommy John surgery, is competing for the No. 3 spot in Houston's rotation.

February 26, 2020 07:40 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Spring debut looms
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers threw his first bullpen session of the spring Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

McCullers, who missed all of 2019 while on the mend following Tommy John elbow surgery, is among the candidates for the No. 3 spot in the rotation. Houston manager Dusty Baker expects the right-hander to get into a game for the first time since 2018 within the next few days.

February 9, 2020 09:16 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Presumptive third starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers enters training camp as the likely third starter, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

The Astros will use spring training to figure out which of several candidates will slot in behind Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke. McCullers, who is coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery that cost him all of 2019, will lead the pack of aspiring rotation members. The question is how deep he can go. The right-hander has never thrown more than 128.1 innings, but new manager Dusty Baker is hopeful. "We need McCullers back badly and have him a full year," Baker said. "I'm sure he's raring to go and, hopefully, will make it to a full year." Other pitchers with significant MLB experience are Brad Peacock and Austin Pruitt. Beyond McCullers, Peacock and Pruitt, the Astros will be looking at several young prospects.

December 13, 2019 04:20 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Avoids arbitration
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers and the Astros avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $4.1 million contract, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

McCullers will make the same money he made last season, a year he spent recovering from Tommy John surgery. He should factor into the Astros' rotation plans this season, though he's never started more than 22 games in a season and is unlikely to record his highest-ever innings total in his first year back from a major injury.

November 6, 2019 10:00 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Reaches finish line in rehab
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers (elbow) announced Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he has completed his rehab from Tommy John surgery and will have full clearance ahead of spring training.

McCullers missed the entire 2019 season after undergoing the reconstructive elbow surgery last November. While the Astros may exercise caution with McCullers' workload during the spring, he shouldn't be in store for any significant restrictions once the 2020 campaign begins if he avoids any setbacks along the way. The 26-year-old righty turned in a 3.86 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 142:50 K:BB across 128.1 innings in 2018.

September 9, 2019 04:28 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Throws off mound
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers (elbow) threw off the mound Monday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The session is McCullers' first off the mound since undergoing Tommy John surgery back in November. He'll only throw fastballs, but it still represents a significant milestone. He won't have time to return this season, but the fact that he's throwing several months before next season's spring training bodes well for his readiness for next year.

August 16, 2019 11:28 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Throws off flat ground
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers (elbow) threw a flat-ground session Thursday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in November 2018, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

This is the first step for McCullers in his return from elbow surgery. He will not pitch this season for the Astros, but he should slot back into the 2020 starting rotation barring a setback.

June 9, 2019 03:08 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Transferred to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Astros transferred McCullers (elbow) to the 60-day injured list Sunday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Astros determined back in November that McCullers wouldn't pitch in 2019 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, so the transaction won't affect his recovery timeline. The move merely opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for top prospect Yordan Alvarez, who was promoted from Triple-A Round Rock ahead of Sunday's game against the Orioles.

April 3, 2019 11:56 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Cleared to throw
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers (elbow) was cleared to throw and did so Tuesday, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.

McCullers, who underwent Tommy John surgery in October, threw off flat ground in the first step toward what's expected to be a return in 2020. He's currently on the 10-day injured list but is a prime candidate to be moved to the 60-day IL to create room on the 40-man roster.

March 29, 2019 12:44 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Formally moves to IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Astros placed McCullers (elbow) on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

McCullers is slated to miss the entire 2019 campaign while recovering from Tommy John surgery, so the transaction is merely a formality. The Astros will likely shift him to the 60-day IL later this season when the team needs to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.

January 12, 2019 08:24 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: No drama on deadline day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers (elbow) agreed to a one-year, $4.1 million deal with the Astros, avoiding arbitration, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

This is McCullers' second year of arbitration, and while his talent would typically dictate a larger one-year salary, the fact that he will miss the entire 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery worked against him. He will return for 2020 and will be under team control again for the 2021 season before hitting the open market.

November 7, 2018 11:24 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Out for season following Tommy John surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday and will miss the entire 2019 season, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

This is a brutal blow for McCullers and the Astros. The southpaw dealt with a forearm/elbow issue for the final two months of the 2018 campaign, and surgery was ultimately deemed necessary following further evaluation. He'll now begin a long recovery process that will keep him from pitching competitively until at least 2020. McCullers posted a 3.86 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 142:50 K:BB across 128.1 innings in 2018.

November 6, 2018 11:25 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Surgery not ruled out
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday that McCullers could require surgery to address a lingering elbow injury, which would sideline the right-hander for the entire 2019 season, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Shortly after the Astros were eliminated from the postseason, manager A.J. Hinch hinted that McCullers could miss a large chunk of the 2019 campaign with the elbow issue, so Luhnow's comments only further cloud the 25-year-old's forecast. Luhnow added that McCullers is expected to receive further consultations from doctors in the near future, so more clarity on his situation should come later in the offseason. At least for the time being, McCullers doesn't profile as much more than a late-round dart for early drafters, given his sketchy health outlook.

October 23, 2018 02:33 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Could miss large portion of 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers' elbow woes could potentially cost him a large part of the 2019 season, manager A.J. Hinch said on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Tuesday.

Injuries are nothing new for the 25-year-old. He was limited to just 128.1 innings in 2018, though that was actually a career high. His status for the upcoming season is unclear -- Hinch was somewhat vague about the severity of the issue, saying that "nothing is off the table" but not offering any concrete timeline. A clearer picture will likely come into focus closer to the start of next season. Owners making offseason keeper decisions should be aware that McCullers' injury problems are as present as ever.

September 30, 2018 06:12 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Makes second relief appearance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers struck out one over two-thirds of an inning in a 5-2 win over Baltimore in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader.

This was McCullers' second appearance since coming off the disabled list, and it was stressful: The bases were loaded with one out in the seventh inning. After a wild pitch plated a run, McCullers settled in to get a strikeout and groundout. He's not assured of a postseason roster spot, as manager A.J. Hinch needs to determine if the right-hander's arsenal is where it needs to be after he made just two appearances since July.

September 27, 2018 11:32 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Makes first appearance off DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers threw a scoreless inning, striking out one batter, in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

McCullers, who was activated from the disabled list earlier this week, made his first appearance since Aug. 4, when he left a start against the Dodgers with a strained right forearm muscle. He needed just 11 pitches to navigate the second, third and fourth hitters in Toronto's lineup. He threw his signature curveball five times, eliciting two swinging strikes, and another called strike. The right-hander will pitch one more time this weekend against Baltimore, after which the organization will evaluate McCullers for a spot on the postseason roster.

September 24, 2018 04:08 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Activated from disabled list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers (forearm) was activated from the disabled list Monday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

McCullers hasn't pitched since Aug. 4 after suffering a forearm strain. He appears to be ticketed for a bullpen role in the final week of the season. Prior to the injury, he had recorded a solid 3.93 ERA in 22 starts.

Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs Boston 6.010 3.00024
vs LHB 63.000 3.0002780
vs RHB 65.100 4.6802362
Last 7 Games
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7/11OAK0104.04651
7/22@LAA0104.16553
7/29TEX0105.163011
8/4@LAD0004.02025
9/26@TOR0001.00001
9/29@BAL0000.20001
9/30@BAL0000.20002
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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2020HOU00---00000000000000
2019HOU00---00000000000000
2018HOU1063.8625220000128.3100605512750142
2017HOU744.2522220000118.7114615681140132
2016HOU653.221414000081.08029295045106
2015HOU673.2222221000125.7106494510543129
Total29223.670801000453.34001991853523178509
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2020HOU000---00000------0---
2019HOU000---00000------0---
2018HOU0146821.80000114.2151.16952711.01
2017HOU1155602.6000018.2491.29851212.51
2016HOU185362.4000029.2611.54335213.89
2015HOU21311061.2000018.2261.18652011.03
Total45172841.801270539.2361.275191111.93
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2012R-Gcl Astros 11.0440010122101.641.091
2012R-Greeneville Astros 15.04400301710104.801.333
2013AFX-Quad Cities River Ba104.22519065011749923.201.353
2014AFA-Lancaster Jethawks 97.02518036411556955.471.557
2015AA-Corpus Christi Hooks 32.07503114814160.560.938
2016AAA-Fresno Grizzlies 5.01100007220.000.800
2016AA-Corpus Christi Hooks 3.01100004033.001.000
2017AAA-Fresno Grizzlies 3.01100101539.002.667
2017AA-Corpus Christi Hooks 5.01101002153.601.200
 
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/203
Birthdate:
10/2/1993
Age:
26
Hometown:
Tampa, FL
Bats/Throws:
L/R
Team:
Houston Astros
College:

MLB Experience:
4