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43 Lance McCullers SP

Houston Astros

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
96%83%
Key Stats
IPWLSVERAKSBB
13.21109.22117
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2020HOU105.4020000010.0116620710

Player Updates

August 6, 2020 02:04 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Implodes in fourth inning
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers (1-1) allowed eight runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. He struck out one and walked none.

McCullers was perfect through three innings, inducing eight groundouts in addition to the one whiff. The second turn through the order went much worse, and the right-hander wouldn't escape the fourth inning. McCullers now has a 9.22 ERA and 1.83 WHIP after Wednesday's disaster. He'll try to get back on track Monday at home versus the Giants.

August 1, 2020 01:40 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Gives up four runs Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers allowed four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four in four innings in a no-decision versus the Angels on Friday.

McCullers needed 91 pitches (53 strikes) to get through the inefficient outing. The 26-year-old has a 5.40 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 10 innings this season. He'll need to do a better job of limiting baserunners in future starts if he's going to rack up wins. McCullers is expected to make his next start in Arizona on Wednesday.

July 25, 2020 11:08 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Wins first start of 2020
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings in Saturday's win over the Mariners.

McCullers made his first regular-season appearance since 2018, as he missed all of last year recovering from Tommy John surgery. His control wasn't at its best Saturday, but that's usually a given for the 26-year-old lefty with a career 1.27 WHIP. McCullers threw 55 of his 92 pitches for strikes, so it doesn't appear he'll have any workload limitations in 2020. Expect to see the southpaw on the mound for a road start versus the Angels on Friday.

July 21, 2020 06:28 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Has final tuneup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers allowed one run on four hits while striking out six over five innings in Monday's exhibition game against the Royals, Chandler Rome of Houston Chronicle reports. He threw 76 pitches (47 for strikes).

McCullers was sharp in his final tuneup before the regular season. His elite curveball confounded hitters per usual, but the right-hander also mixed in his two-seamer and changeup to elicit 14 swings and misses. He's in line to start the second game of the season, Saturday at home against the Mariners.

July 15, 2020 09:04 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Makes start Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers allowed four hits, three walks and hit a batter over five scoreless innings during Tuesday's intrasquad game, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

McCullers made his second summer start and increased his pitch count from 67 to 74. Next on tap for McCullers is a start in an exhibition game Monday against the Royals. He is expected to serve as Houston's No. 3 starter.

July 10, 2020 10:24 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Pleased with summer debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers threw four innings and 67 pitches in an intra-squad game Thursday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

McCullers, who pitched in a simulated game last week, had his first session in a game-like environment. Like last week's sim game, the right-hander reported feeling strong enough to pitch longer. He navigated early issues and was able to make mid-game adjustments to elicit swing-and-misses over the final two frames. McCullers, who missed all of 2019 following Tommy John elbow surgery, looks ready to go as the Astros' No. 3 starter.

July 5, 2020 07:36 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Logs sim game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers pitched three innings of a simulated game Saturday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

McCullers, who missed all of 2019 due to recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery, reported to spring training healthy and ready. He made three Grapefruit League starts before the coronavirus pandemic halted his comeback. Saturday was his first action in game-like conditions since summer camp started. "He was pretty sharp," Houston manager Dusty Baker said. "The other day, he didn't have the command that he had today. He had a good changeup, he had a good breaking ball and his two-seamer and four-seamer were looking pretty good." The Astros are hoping McCullers can make up for the loss of Gerrit Cole, the team's No. 2 starter last season who bolted to the Yankees as a free agent over the winter.

July 4, 2020 01:12 PM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Throwing Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers will throw live batting practice Saturday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

McCullers, who missed all of 2019 after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery, will simulate three innings of work. The right-hander said he's in a good place, both mentally and physically, and hopes to get his pitch count up to 80 or 90 pitches by the end of summer camp. McCullers is expected to fill some of the void created when Gerrit Cole signed as a free agent with the Yankees.

June 30, 2020 10:12 AM
Astros' Lance McCullers: Ahead of other Astros
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McCullers has taken an aggressive approach during the shut down and is "... probably ahead of everybody ...," manager Dusty Baker told Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.

Though McCullers was advocating against it, he was probably facing an innings limit during a full season, but with the 60-game season, he'll be under no such restrictions. Even before the surgery, McCullers carried plenty of injury risk, but this is one hurdle removed at least.

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.

Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs Boston 6.010 3.00024
vs LHB 63.000 3.0002780
vs RHB 65.100 4.6802362
Last 7 Games
  OPP W L SV IP H ER BB Ks
7/25SEA1006.05236
7/31@LAA0004.06444
8/5@ARI0103.27801
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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2020HOU119.2233000013.718141431711
2019HOU00---00000000000000
2018HOU1063.8625220000128.3100605512750142
2017HOU744.2522220000118.7114615681140132
2016HOU653.221414000081.08029295045106
2015HOU673.2222221000125.7106494510543129
Total30233.830831000467.04182131993824185520
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2020HOU02263.7000000.3161.8296517.12
2019HOU000---00000------0---
2018HOU0146821.80000114.2151.16952711.01
2017HOU1155602.6000018.2491.29851212.51
2016HOU185362.4000029.2611.54335213.89
2015HOU21311061.2000018.2261.18652011.03
Total45392901.901270539.2381.291197612.08
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:
5