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May 7, 2021 02:04 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Racks up eight strikeouts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers allowed three earned runs on six hits and four walks while striking out eight across six innings Thursday against the Yankees. He did not factor into the decision.

McCullers fought his command early, as he issued three free passes in the first inning. He racked up punchouts from there on, generating 20 called strikes and 14 swinging strikes on 105 total pitches. Though he surrendered a pair of home runs, he's still allowing only 0.8 HR/9 for the season. Overall, McCullers has a 3.58 ERA with a 38:18 K:BB across 32.2 frames. He currently projects to draw his next start Tuesday against the Angels.

May 1, 2021 12:48 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Blanks Rays for second win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers (2-1) picked up the win Friday, allowing three hits and three walks over seven scoreless innings in a 9-2 victory over the Rays, He struck out nine.

The nine strikeouts were a season high for the right-hander, who tossed 111 pitches (72 strikes) en route to his second straight quality start. McCullers will take a 3.38 ERA and 30:14 K:BB through 26.2 innings into his next outing, likely to come on the road next week against the Yankees.

April 25, 2021 07:04 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Whiffs five in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers yielded two runs on three hits and two walks over six innings in Sunday's loss to the Angels. He struck out five and did not factor in the decision.

McCullers missed his last time through the rotation while dealing with side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine but was able to throw 106 pitches Sunday. The 6-foot-1 right-hander threw a fairly clean outing aside from David Fletcher's two-run single in the fifth. He lowered his season ERA to 4.58 with a 21:11 K:BB across 19.2 frames. McCullers will face the Rays at Tropicana Field on Friday.

April 21, 2021 02:52 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Cleared to start Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers (illness) is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Angels in Houston, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

McCullers was nearly cleared to start Tuesday's game in Colorado, but the Astros elected to have him skip his turn in the rotation to afford him more recovery time from the side effects he experienced from the second dose of his COVID-19 vaccine. Luis Garcia made a spot start Tuesday in McCullers' stead, but he'll be bound for the bullpen or the Astros' alternate training site now that McCullers will be ready to go for the weekend series.

April 20, 2021 05:36 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Next start coming on homestand
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers (illness) will make his next start on the upcoming homestand, which begins Thursday against the Angels, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.

This is pretty vague, as the Astros' homestand runs from April 22 through April 29, but considering McCullers is dealing with a non-COVID illness, one would assume he has a chance to start this weekend against the Angels. Luis Garcia is getting a spot start Tuesday in Coors Field.

April 19, 2021 06:32 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Won't start Tuesday
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McCullers (illness) won't start Tuesday against the Rockies, Brian McTaggart of reports.

McCullers struggled in his last start while dealing with the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. He's evidently not yet ready to take his next turn in the rotation, with Luis Garcia set to fill in for him instead. It's not clear when McCullers will return to the mound.

April 18, 2021 11:16 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Uncertain for next start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Dusty Baker indicated McCullers (illness) could be pushed back from his next turn through the rotation Tuesday against the Rockies, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The 27-year-old labored through his last start Wednesday with side effects from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, and he's not fully recovered despite showing improvement over the past couple days. Baker said, "Colorado is not the place to try and catch your breath" for someone having difficulties breathing, as McCullers did in his previous outing. The Astros return home to face the Angels on Thursday, so the team could simply push the right-hander's start back two days to help avoid any further issues.

April 15, 2021 01:12 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Labors with vaccine side effects
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers (1-1) pitched Wednesday against the Tigers despite dealing with side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine he received a couple days ago, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. The right-hander allowed six runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts over 3.2 innings.

The 27-year-old labored throughout the contest and threw only 46 of 87 pitches for strikes, and manager Dusty Baker said the pitcher received fluids through an IV after the game. McCullers should have plenty of time to return to full strength for his next turn through the rotation Tuesday at Colorado.

April 10, 2021 01:48 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Effective in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers tossed five innings against Oakland on Friday, allowing one run on two hits and three walks while striking out six. He did not factor in the decision.

McCullers made one mistake in the contest, serving up a long ball to Jed Lowrie in the fourth inning. The right-hander was also a bit wild, issuing three walks and hitting one batter, but he kept the A's from scoring any additional runs by limiting them to two overall hits. Through two contests, McCullers has posted a 1.80 ERA and 13:6 K:BB across 10.0 innings. He'll head to Seattle to face the Mariners for his third start next Friday.

April 4, 2021 01:32 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Cruises to easy win Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers (1-0) picked up the win Saturday in a 9-1 victory over the A's, allowing one run on two hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out seven.

The right-hander was his typically inefficient self, needing 95 pitches (54 strikes) to record the minimum 15 outs necessary to qualify for the win, but McCullers got plenty of support from the Astros' offense. He lines up for a rematch with Oakland on Thursday back in Houston.

March 27, 2021 07:12 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Slotted third in rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers will pitch the third game of the regular season, Chandler Rowe of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Astros manager Dusty Baker set the rotation for the first four games, and McCullers slots in for the third game, although he's viewed as the team's second-best starter. Zack Greinke will start Opening Day followed by Cristian Javier. McCullers, who is ready to go after throwing 90 pitches in a "B" game Wednesday, finished Grapefruit League play with two runs allowed on five hits and two walks while striking out 11 over seven innings.

March 24, 2021 04:24 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Lands extension with Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers and the Astros agreed to terms Wednesday on a five-year contract extension, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports. The contract is worth $85 million and keeps McCullers on the books through 2026, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

McCullers will be rewarded for staging a successful comeback in 2020 after Tommy John surgery sidelined him for all of 2019. Over his 11 starts with Houston last season, he re-established himself as a capable No. 2 or 3 option in the rotation by submitting a 3.93 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 56:20 K:BB in 55 innings. He'll give the Astros some longer-term stability near the top of the rotation with Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander (elbow) both headed for free agency next winter.

March 24, 2021 02:52 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: In talks with team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Astros and McCullers are engaged in talks to extend the pitcher beyond the 2021 season, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations described the team's offer as "strong" and characterized the talks as "deep." McCullers is slated to make $6.5 million in 2021, the final year under his current contract with Houston. The Astros face looming uncertainty in their rotation. Both Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander (elbow) can walk after the 2021 campaign, so locking in McCullers would provide a veteran leader for what could be a young starting staff in 2022.

March 15, 2021 10:24 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: On midseason agenda
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers allowed three hits and struck out six over four scoreless innings in Sunday's spring game against the Nationals.

Like all pitchers, McCullers has worked on a measured progression in early camp: a fastball-dominant first outing followed by a second outing focusing on specific pitches. In Sunday's outing, however, he and catcher Martin Maldonado worked to formulate plans to face specific hitters multiple times and use all four pitches, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. "I was able to go into the game with that mindset, more like a starting mentality," McCullers said. "Settling in, mixing my pitches and having to think that I was going to probably face these guys two times, not exposing everything too early." McCullers threw 55 pitches (35 strikes) and should get at least two more starts to prepare for the regular season.

March 10, 2021 03:52 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Gets in work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out four over two innings in Tuesday's spring game against the Nationals.

In what was a rather odd outing for McCullers due to 2021 spring training rules. McCullers was pulled with two outs in the second inning, then came back out to start the third and was actually dinged with a blown save in a game he started. The right-hander reached the 50-pitch threshold he was shooting for and was able to introduce his changeup and cutter, Chandler Rome of Houston Chronicle reports. He also wanted to get up and down three times, so in that regard, mission accomplished for McCullers.

March 5, 2021 02:20 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Sharp in debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers struck out one over a scoreless inning in Thursday's spring game against the Cardinals.

McCullers breezed through his one inning, needing just 12 pitches to dispatch the side in order. The right-hander's fastball lived in the 94-95 mph range, and he had a good feel for his curveball, per Brian McTaggart of He was scheduled to throw one inning but was prepared to throw a second after an efficient first frame. Those plans were scuttled when the Astros sent 10 men to the plate in their half of the inning, so McCullers finished his night throwing in the bullpen, where he was able to throw his changeup.

January 15, 2021 02:04 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Avoids arbitration with Astros
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers signed a one-year, $6.5 million deal with Houston on Friday to avoid arbitration, Brian McTaggart of 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.

October 18, 2020 12:40 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Knocked out early in Game 7 loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 13, 2020 10:52 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Strikes out 11 in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 6, 2020 02:08 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Unimpressive in series opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Last 7 Games
05/06@ NYYW 7-46.06348
04/30@ TBW 9-217.03039
04/25vs LAAL 2-46.03225
04/14vs DETL 4-613.24633
04/09vs OAKL 2-65.02136
04/03@ OAKW 9-115.02137
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