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Astros’ Lance McCullers Jr. will likely miss all of ALCS


Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. will likely miss the entire ALCS with a strained forearm, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Bob normally makes ridiculously inaccurate reports, but given that this one is linked to injury, we can assume that’s true.

Talk about a break for the Boston Red Sox.

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Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. watches a delivery to a Los Angeles Dodgers hitter during the second inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Marcio José Sanchez)

McCullers pitched 10.2 innings in his two playoff starts with a tiny 0.84 ERA. ERA isn’t everything, but you don’t give up a point in a full innings game and call it something other than dominant.

Astros’ Lance McCullers Jr. will likely miss all of ALCS

Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. reacts after getting Chicago White Sox Adam Engel to lead in the fifth inning of Game 1 of an American League Baseball division series on Thursday 7 October 2021 in Houston.
(AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Right now, the Houston Astros will likely rely on left-hander Framber Valdez to kick off Game 1 of the ALCS. Other than Nathan Eovaldi, Boston doesn’t have much rotational dominance either, so it’s likely to be a slugfest. Compare the bats in Astros to those in Boston? Houston wins this battle.

Astros’ Lance McCullers Jr. will likely miss all of ALCS

Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo / Michael Wyke)

It will be good for those baseball fans who don’t have a horse in this race as they can expect to see more offensive action, but it always sucks when injuries become such a big factor in the result. The report claims he may be back, if Houston qualifies for the Winter Classic – and after seeing Houston cope easily with the Chicago White Sox in the Division Series, don’t be shocked if the Houston Astros flex their teeth. muscles once again and skate through Boston.

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Another scary group that has proven that they can cope with any departure. Maybe even Lance McCullers Jr.