Lance McCullers Jr. Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 202 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 10/2/1993 (27)
Lance McCullers Jr. Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Lance McCullers Jr. News
Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (shoulder) drew the start for Triple-A Sugar Land on Thursday. He went four innings and allowed one run on 64 pitches. McCullers has been sidelined since late May due to a shoulder issue. He was pitching extremely well before going down and looked sharp during this outing. It wouldn't be shocking to see his next start be on the big league roster. Fantasy managers should check the waiver wire in case someone dropped McCullers. He should be rostered in basically all formats going forward.
Houston Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch a simulated game this weekend. McCullers has been on the shelf since May 22 after a strong start to his season. The 27-year-old is 3-1 through nine starts this season with a 1.16 WHIP, a 2.96 ERA and a 10.28 K/9 rate. But injuries continue to hold the talented pitcher back. The Astros were hoping for McCullers to return by mid-June but that could be a little unrealistic. Expect a few starts in the minors before returning to the team if the simulated session goes well this weekend.
Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (shoulder) stated he felt "great" after a throwing session on Wednesday. More positive news for the righty, and it comes after Dusty Baker recently revealed that he could return within the next few weeks. The 27-year-old currently sits on a 3-1 record to go along with a 2.96 ERA, so fantasy managers should continue to keep him on the roster.
Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. incites opinions that run the gamut. Some salivate over his performance in 2020, while others bluntly label him as injury-prone. After missing 2019 due to Tommy John surgery, McCullers displayed some skills nearing his 2018 performance, but the question is whether it is enough to warrant his current draft spot. He started 11 games and had a 3.95 SIERA across 55 innings. McCullers' arsenal is led by a curveball that generated a 16% Swinging Strike rate and a 33% K rate. He was also able to limit the long ball thanks to a 60% ground-ball rate. McCullers' 16% K-BB rate isn't as desirable, but growth exists considering his 30% Chase and 11% Swing Strike rate were still below previous levels. But he'll need to reduce the walks (8.8%) and barrel rate allowed (10.3%) to reach the high expectations. There is no doubt that McCullers carries some risk in 2021, so build your pitching staff accordingly. But, he still pitches for the Astros and will have plenty of opportunity for wins. Despite plenty of upside, McCullers would only be worth his ADP of 120 if you've already built a pitching staff to mediate his risk.