Lance McCullers Jr. Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 202 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 10/2/1993 (29)
Lance McCullers Jr. Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Lance McCullers Jr. News
Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (illness) is lined up to start on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies after missing his start last Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to an unspecified illness. McCullers lost a few pounds but is good to go to kick off the final series of the regular season. It will be a final tune-up for the 29-year-old before the start of the postseason for the Astros in the Division Series. The Astros will be cautious with his usage in his start on Monday, so he'll be a bit more risky for anyone still playing for a fantasy title this week. McCullers has been strong in his seven starts for Houston this year, going 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA (3.40 FIP), a 1.25 WHIP, 45 strikeouts and 21 walks in 41 2/3 frames.
Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (illness) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday at Minute Maid Park, and the tentative plan would be for him to return to the starting rotation on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies. McCullers was unable to make his last start on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to an illness, but he appears to be recovered and could make one more start next week before the regular season ends. The 28-year-old right-hander has made only seven starts for the Astros this year due to injury, but he's been good in those starts, going 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA (3.40 FIP), a 1.25 WHIP, 45 strikeouts and 21 walks in 41 2/3 frames.
Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (illness) was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks with an "illness," according to the team. Right-hander Luis Garcia will now make the start instead. McCullers has only made seven starts in 2022 after he got a late start to the season due to an injury, but he's pitched well in his seven starts, going 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA (3.41 FIP), a 1.25 WHIP, 45 strikeouts and 21 walks in 41 2/3 innings. It's unclear when or if he'll make another start in the regular season. Garcia has a 3.90 ERA (4.03 FIP), a 1.17 WHIP and a 147:46 K:BB in 26 starts for Houston this year and will be a fine streaming option for fantasy managers with something left to play for this year.
McCullers Jr. reached a new career-high in innings pitched (162.1) and pitched quite well in that time winning 13 games with a 3.16 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a 27% K%. It was not surprising to see him have a very successful year given the health, as he has always clearly been a very talented pitcher. The way he did it was quite interesting, however, as he added a new pitch to his repertoire (a slider) and used it a ton (26% usage). That slider racked up an elite 34.7% CSW% and a 15.1% SwStr% and worked great alongside his sinker which piled up a great 63.4% GB%. While he posted another high walk rate (11.1%), his high strikeout rate as well as his sky-high ground-ball rate (56.4%) kept runs off the board. You could argue that he did benefit from some good luck in the home runs arena (0.72 HR/9) but repeating that would not be completely unbelievable given how good he is at keeping the ball on the ground. At the age of 28 and with the electric stuff he has, selecting McCullers Jr. at pick #145 (his current ADP) seems like a steal.