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Friday, June 29, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: LANCE McCULLERS SP HOUSTON ASTROS

When you pitch in a Houston Astros rotation that may already be in the running for the most dominant group of all-time and is fronted by THREE guys who could legitimately challenge for the AL Cy Young, it can be very tough to get noticed.  Such is the current setup for youngster pitcher Lance McCullers who has watched Justin Verlander, Charlie Morton, and Gerrit Cole look like an old Greg Maddux-Tom Glavine-John Smoltz threesome from back in their dominant Atlanta Braves days and thus outings like Thursday when he overwhelmed the Tampa Bay Rays (7 shutout innings, 3 hits, 7 K's) can get overlooked.  Be that as it may, McCullers is having a fantastic season himself as he makes good on all of the power pitching promise he showed when he first came on the scene in 2016.  Having been held back by some major injury scares since then, McCullers has remained healthy this season to the point where his following numbers look very impressive:

9-3
3.55 ERA
1.15 WHIP
.214 BAA
9.41 K/9
3.38 BB/9
0.89 HR/9
.272 BABIP

What is interesting here is that McCullers should have an ERA even BETTER than his current 3.55 given the unlucky .272 BABIP but there is also no doubt he is a real chore to hit against as his .214 BAA is dominant.  While McCullers continues to struggle with control (not a surprise since most young hard-throwers have issues there), he is keeping the baseball in the park and missing bats at a very nice clip. The best part of course is that McCullers is staying healthy which was not the case really at any point in 2017 and so now it is about his talent doing the work.  On that front, McCullers has been very good to where he is holding his own in the stacked Houston rotation and also becoming a major asset for his fantasy baseball owners. 


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