Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Double Take: Lance McCullers Jr. is here to stay!

Lance McCullers Jr. inked a five year extension with the Astros, and we couldn’t be more happy.

Yes, the Houston Astros have extended one of their own players to an extension and James Click does not want to leave the Astros faithful out to dry (maybe). McCullers is a fan favorite with his intensity on the mound and let the public know that he wanted to stay in Houston for the foreseeable future. Obviously, when it comes to potential free agents this sport is a business – it is not always up to the fans’ feelings.

McCullers was set to become a free agent after this 2021 season, and this whole offseason, it didn’t look like the Astros were going to get a deal done with him or Carlos Correa. Now Correa is a completely different story, but McCullers got his deal and he got PAID.

He will be an Astro through at least 2026, and it is incredibly nice to have some comfort in thinking about the future of the rotation. This was also a HUGE step for Click as General Manager. Astros fans had started to gain a little bit of trust in him after signing Jake Odorizzi when Valdez went down with a finger injury. It showed fans that he was willing to spend a bit of money and not penny pinch like the Tampa Bay Rays organization that he came from. Extending McCullers was the second biggest step in fully gaining the Astros fans’ faith in him, and with eight days to go until Opening Day, maybe there’s enough time to extend the Astros’ once in a generation shortstop as well.

I’m not saying that there’s an Apollo effect going on, but there’s an Apollo effect going on. As soon as the boys touched down in West Palm Beach to do some Astros content at spring training, McCullers gets a deal done.

See the source image

Obviously, here at Apollo we’re huge fans of Lance McCullers Jr. and it looks like he’s big fans of Apollo, too. I couldn’t be more excited that the Astros extended McCullers because it reminds me of the baby Astros back in 2015. His extension reminds me of the billion straight curveballs that he threw to the Yankees in the 2017 ALCS. It reminds me of his RBI that he got in game seven of the 2017 World Series. This is a great day for Lance and it’s a great day for Astros fans. #SIUEFA


That’s right, not even a day after the rumors began circulating, the Astros have inked frontline starter Lance McCullers Jr to a five year extension starting in 2022, totaling $85 million, for an average annual value of $17m. Lance has been very vocal about his desire to stay in Houston, and the two sides reached an agreement quickly.

Houston suddenly has more rotational certainty than we could have expected only a few weeks ago – barring unforseen injuries the 2022 rotation will feature McCullers, Jake Odorizzi, Framber Valdez, Jose Urquidy, and Cristian Javier even with likely (but not certain) departures of Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander.

To McCullers’ credit, the money is well-earned. His career numbers are respectable, with a 3.7 ERA and exceptional peripherals: 3.35 xFIP, 10 K/9, and a penchant for inducing groundballs, with nearly a 60% clip in 2020. He seems to have recovered nicely from Tommy John surgery in 2018, and the organization’s willingness to extend him shows optimism for his future coming off a successful shortened season. Plus, he’s

Compared to Zack Wheeler’s deal in the 2019 offseason of 5 years and $118m, it appears the Astros got a bargain. Lance has yet to pass the 130 innings mark for a single season in his career, but with Tommy John in the rearview mirror hope that he can become an effective frontline workhorse is not misplaced.

Interestingly, Lance has developed a brand new pitch over the offseason – a hard slider that we’ve seen in Spring Training now. It feels like his best days are in front of him.

Lance McCullers Jr. Merch below!

SIUEFA Unisex T-Shirt

F*cking Nasty Unisex Tee

Click to comment

Leave a Reply


Sticky Post

After four successful and critically acclaimed seasons, HBO’s “Barry” has wrapped with what is surely one of the most interesting change in career trajectories....

Sticky Post

The Arizona Cardinals have released wide receiver Deandre Hopkins after months of strong trade rumors. Since arriving in the desert, Hopkins has flashed his...


Jay Arnold sets the stage for the 2023 Coca-Cola 600 - NASCAR's longest race of the season. The series' best take on 1.5-mile Charlotte.

Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney's live-action THE LITTLE MERMAID. Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney's live-action THE LITTLE MERMAID.

Movies & Pop Culture

The original The Little Mermaid (1989) is, obviously, a widely beloved classic. The now 34-year-old film with its timeless soundtrack is still a favorite...

You May Also Like

Movies & Pop Culture

Let me say right off the top, I hated this movie. Not because it was poorly made but because it is poorly conceived. The...


Coming into the 2022 NBA Trade Deadline, the Houston Rockets were expected to be key players. The Rockets had an abundance of assets and...

Movies & Pop Culture

“Then the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land.” Jonah 2:10 If you’ve seen the movie NOPE, the...

Movies & Pop Culture

Fall is here again, and that means so is Oscar Bait szn. My favorite time on the movie release calendar. While the Summer months...