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Astros' Morton faces slumping Angels

HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch long ago reached the point of visible frustration in discussing the health status of right-hander Lance McCullers, but with the postseason approaching and McCullers' role dependent upon his availability, the questions kept coming.

Hinch announced on Friday that McCullers will start on Sunday in the series finale against the Angels. An All-Star during the first half of the season, McCullers has largely watched the second half from the dugout, undermined by back discomfort and arm fatigue. The latter ailment has limited McCullers to one start this month, but given his talent and potential as a rotation hammer behind Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel, McCullers is vitally important.

A healthy McCullers provides the Astros (94-59) the rotation depth they need to challenge for a championship. If McCullers is limited in any way, the unknown of his being moved to the bullpen could reshape expectations for him individually and for Houston as a whole.

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Leaders
AVG: J. Altuve.346
HR: G. Springer32
RBI: M. González82
SB: J. Altuve32
W: D. Keuchel13
ERA: J. Verlander3.82
Saves: K. Giles33
K: J. Verlander176
AL West
TeamWLPctGB
X-Houston 9459.614-
LA Angels 7677.49718
Texas 7677.49718
Seattle 7579.48719.5
Oakland 7083.45824
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .280 (1)
Runs: 826 (1)
Hits: 1479 (1)
Home Runs: 224 (3)
Stolen Bases: 94 (7)
OBP: .344 (1)
SLG: .476 (1)
Total Bases: 2512 (1)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.18 (11)
Runs Allowed: 671 (11)
Saves: 43 (6)
Strikeouts: 1500 (2)
OpBA: .241 (7)
OBP: .315 (9)
SLG: .408 (9)
Run Support: 5.44 (1)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/20 M. Fiers Reinstated From League Suspension
9/17 C. Moran Recalled From Minors Rehab Assignment
9/17 C. Moran Removed From 10-Day DL (Facial fractures)
9/14 M. Fiers Suspension Announced By League (five games)
9/14 M. Fiers Starting to Serve Suspension
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/13 J. Marisnick Fractured right thumb (day-to-day)
8/31 B. Rodgers Right elbow surgery - out for season (on 60-day DL)
8/30 E. Gattis off 10-day DL
8/30 Y. Gurriel Right knee soreness (day-to-day)
8/30 J. Verlander Trapezius fatigue (day-to-day)
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