McCullers signed a one-year, $6.5 million deal with Houston on Friday to avoid arbitration, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
The 27-year-old returned from a lost 2019 campaign to post a 3.93 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 56:20 K:BB over 55 innings and he's now under contract for his final season of arbitration eligibility. McCullers should be a staple of Houston's starting rotation again in 2021.
McCullers took the loss in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Rays on Saturday, lasting just 3.2 innings while giving up three runs on four hits, including two homers. He struck out seven while walking one.
McCullers' strikeout numbers were good, but that's just about the only positive thing that can be said for his disappointing outing. The Rays jumped on him early, with Randy Arozarena hitting a two-run homer in the first inning and Mike Zunino adding a solo shot in the second. McCullers will end the postseason with a 4.91 ERA in 14.2 innings despite an excellent 23:2 K:BB, as he was undone by a 50.0 percent HR/FB rate, allowing seven total homers.
McCullers struck out 11 batters while walking none and allowing just four hits in seven innings in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Rays on Monday, but he also gave up four runs (one earned) and picked up the loss.
McCullers allowed a three-run homer to Manuel Margot in the bottom of the first inning after a two-out error from Jose Altuve extended the frame, which would wind up being all the runs the Rays would need in their 4-2 win. He was quite good the rest of the way, allowing just two baserunners, though one of them was a solo homer by Mike Zunino. While it didn't wind up being enough, it was still a strong outing for the righty, who now owns a career 2.93 ERA in 43 playoff innings.
McCullers lasted just four innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against Oakland on Monday, giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits and a walk while striking out five.
McCullers was done in by the long ball; he gave a two-run shot to Khris Davis in the second followed by solo homers to Sean Murphy and Matt Olson over the next two innings. He was pulled from the game after allowing the leadoff runner in the bottom of the fifth to reach base, who would eventually come around to score to add a fifth run to McCullers' tally. While the Astros' offense would eventually bail him out, it certainly wasn't the outing McCullers hoped to have in his first postseason start since 2017.
McCullers pitched four scoreless innings while allowing two hits and two walks Friday against the Rangers. He struck out nine and did not factor into the decision.
The Astros stated before McCullers took the mound Saturday that he'd be on a pitch count heading into the postseason, and they held true to their word. McCullers looked very confident and had all his pitches working effectively as he fanned a season-high nine batters using a combination of the cutter, sinker and knuckle-curve. The 26-year-old finishes the 2020 regular season with a 3.93 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 56:20 K:BB across 55 innings and will hope to replicate Saturday's dominant outing in the playoffs.
McCullers won't throw more than four or five innings Saturday against Texas, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
The Astros had previously indicated that McCullers' start Saturday would be skipped in preparation for the playoffs, as they're locked into the sixth seed. Instead, they decided that making a short start would be the best way for him to prepare. He'll be lined up to start Game 3 of the first round.
McCullers is listed as the starting pitcher for Saturday's game against the Rangers despite previous indications that he wouldn't be starting, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Astros are locked into the sixth seed regardless of how their final two games play out, so there isn't much upside to wasting some of McCullers' bullets here. Previous reports indicated the team would go with a bullpen game. It's possible McCullers will make just a brief appearance as a tuneup before turning things over to the pen, though the Astros haven't been specific about their intentions.
McCullers is not expected to start Saturday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
McCullers was lined up to pitch Saturday, but manager Dusty Baker told McTaggart that McCullers would start only if Houston hadn't clinched a postseason berth. As it turned out, the Astros clinched when the Dodgers beat the Angels late Friday night. McCullers could still get some innings this weekend, but it's Chase De Jong who is expected to start Saturday.
McCullers (3-3) allowed four unearned runs on three hits and two walks and struck out seven over 6.2 innings in a loss to the Mariners on Monday.
McCullers carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before allowing a double to Tim Lopes. That was a sign of things to come, and after an error by Jose Altuve in the seventh, McCullers allowed a three-run homer to Evan White. Despite a little bad luck, it was a decent outing for the 26-year-old righty. McCullers has a 4.24 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 51 innings this year. He lines up for one more regular-season start Saturday versus the Rangers.
McCullers took a no-decision during Wednesday's loss despite holding the Rangers scoreless across seven innings. He struck out eight while giving up two hits.
For the second time this season, McCullers blanked his opponent through seven innings. The 26-year-old fired a season-high eight strikeouts and exited with the game still scoreless. Unfortunately, the pitchers' duel landed in favor of the Rangers, who enjoyed a complete-game shutout from Kyle Gibson. McCullers, who was activated from the injured list ahead of Wednesday's contest, underwent a procedure Sept. 8 that helped manage his neck pain. Across nine starts this year, the 26-year-old owns a 4.87 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. He'll take the mound next Monday at Seattle.
McCullers (neck) was activated from the 10-day injured list to start Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
The 26-year-old underwent a procedure Sept. 8 which alleviated most of his neck pain, and he'll rejoin the rotation after spending the 10-day minimum on the shelf. McCullers has a 5.79 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 32:16 K:BB across 37.1 innings this season.
McCullers (neck) is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Rangers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
McCullers was placed on the injured list with neck nerve irritation Sept. 6, but he'll be able to return after spending the minimum of 10 days recovering. The right-hander underwent a procedure Tuesday that alleviated most of his pain, so it's unlikely that he'll have any limitations when he returns to the mound.
McCullers (neck) underwent a procedure Tuesday that alleviated most of his pain, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
McCullers received a mild anti-inflammatory injection, and manager Dusty Baker said that it alleviated "95 to 98 percent of whatever discomfort he was feeling." The right-hander landed on the injured list Sunday, but he could be in line for a short IL stint if the pain doesn't return.
McCullers was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with neck nerve irritation, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Something seemed amiss after McCullers was lifted after 18 pitches Friday. McCullers said he had trouble warming up, but the Astros said initially that it was just a "dead arm" phase and that they still expected McCullers to take the ball Wednesday against Oakland. That won't happen after all, and it's uncertain if he'll be back after the minimum. It's tough to justify holding McCullers in fantasy leagues given his performance this season and the uncertainty surrounding a potential return.
McCullers labored during his pre-game warmups Friday leading to his shortest start of the season, David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Houston pitching coach Brent Strom said McCullers was unable to get his velocity up before departing Friday's game after 18 pitches. The right-hander, who is coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery, talked with other pitchers who underwent the procedure. They reassured him that "these things come and they pop up and your body adjusts and then they're gone and you don't have to worry about them anymore." The Astros are treating this as a "dead arm" phase and expect McCullers to pitch next Wednesday against Oakland. Given Friday's low pitch count, McCullers could have his next outing pushed up a day, which means could be available to pitch in Tuesday's doubleheader.
McCullers took a no-decision during Friday's loss to the Angels, surrendering three runs on two hits and three walks without recording an out.
McCullers's night was over before it even began. The 26-year-old failed to retire a batter, giving up a single, a two-run home run to Mike Trout, then three consecutive walks before getting replaced with Luis Garcia. Overall, McCullers threw just 5-of-18 pitches for strikes in the disastrous outing. The right-hander holds a 5.79 ERA and 1.42 WHIP on the season. He'll look to bounce back Wednesday at Oakland.
McCullers (3-2) picked up the win in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the A's, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out seven.
The right-hander was impressive in his third quality start of the year, tying his season high in strikeouts while firing 60 of 93 pitches for strikes. McCullers' numbers are still reeling from a brutal outing in Arizona at the beginning of the month, however, and he'll carry a 5.06 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 32:13 K:BB through 37.1 innings into his next start Thursday, at home against the Rangers.
McCullers will start Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Athletics, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
McCullers was initially scheduled to start Friday, but the game was postponed in protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. However, he'll start just one day later. It's unlikely that the Astros will have to make any changes to the starting rotation as a result.
McCullers' scheduled start Friday against the Athletics was postponed, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The two teams decided not to play Friday in protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. The contest will be made up as a doubleheader Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. McCullers didn't warm up prior to the scheduled contest Friday, and he could take the mound for the Astros on Saturday.
McCullers (2-2) gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings in a loss to the Padres on Friday. He struck out two.
McCullers wasn't particularly sharp, and the Padres took advantage of that to grind out runs in three of the five innings he worked. The right-hander has a 5.74 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 31.1 innings this season. He's limited opponents to two runs or fewer in just three of his six starts. McCullers lines up for a home start versus the Angels on Wednesday.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/12||@ TB||L 2-4||1||7.0||4||1||0||11|
|10/05||@ OAK||W 10-5||4.0||8||4||1||5|
|09/26||@ TEX||L 1-6||4.0||2||0||2||9|
|09/21||@ SEA||L 1-6||1||6.2||3||0||2||7|
|09/16||vs TEX||L 0-1||7.0||2||0||0||8|
|09/04||@ LAA||L 5-6||0.0||2||3||3||0|
|08/29||vs OAK||W 4-2||1||6.0||6||1||1||7|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2013||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||104.2||25||19||0||6||5||0||117||49||92||3.20||1.353|
|2015||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||32.0||7||5||0||3||1||1||48||14||16||0.56||0.938|
|2016||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||3.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||4||0||3||3.00||1.000|
|2017||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||5.0||1||1||0||1||0||0||2||1||5||3.60||1.200|