Lance McCullers Jr. Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 202 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 10/2/1993 (28)
Lance McCullers Jr. Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Lance McCullers Jr. News
Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm) was able to throw off of the mound for the first time ahead of his team's Friday night game. The 28-year-old threw sinkers, four-seam fastballs, and changeups, with his velocity sitting in the low 80s. McCullers has yet to pitch in 2022 after injuring his forearm during the 2021 playoffs and having a setback this past January. The veteran hurler posted a 13-5 record, 3.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 185 strikeouts over 162 1/3 innings of work last season. He realistically isn't likely to be back in the majors until the second half of the season.
The Houston Astros have transferred starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm) to the 60-day injured list. The move was made in order to clear space on the 40-man roster for Yordan Alvarez, who spent a few days on the COVID injured list. Following the move, McCullers will now be sidelined until at least early June. The 28-year-old suffered a flexor tendon strain in his forearm during the postseason last year and he is still in the midst of working his way back. He's coming off a fantastic season. In 2021, he went 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP while averaging 10.3 K/9. He's worthy of stashing in an IL spot in all league formats.
Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm) threw 25 times on flat ground from 60 feet Tuesday and is scheduled to pitch Friday again. The 28-year-old suffered a flexor tendon injury in his right arm in the postseason last year. He didn't need surgery and was placed on the 10-day injured list to begin the season. The Astros right-hander continues to make a recovery from his injury and will need to build up strength before facing live hitters. McCullers owned a career-low 3.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 185 strikeouts, and a league-high 76 walks in 162 1/3 innings over 28 starts in 2021. Fantasy managers should continue to stash the right-hander in all league formats.
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.