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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: M. Trout.314
HR: M. Trout29
RBI: A. Pujols98
SB: M. Trout21
W: J. Ramírez11
ERA: R. Nolasco5.06
Saves: B. Norris19
K: R. Nolasco137
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: .244 (26)
Runs: 666 (24)
Hits: 1243 (29)
Home Runs: 172 (25)
Stolen Bases: 128 (1)
OBP: .317 (21)
SLG: .397 (27)
Total Bases: 2022 (27)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.19 (11)
Runs Allowed: 664 (9)
Saves: 41 (10)
Strikeouts: 1236 (16)
OpBA: .252 (10)
OBP: .314 (8)
SLG: .428 (13)
Run Support: 4.42 (24)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/15 B. Pounders Outrighted to Minors
9/12 V. Campos Cleared Waivers and Became a Free Agent
9/10 V. Campos Released
9/8 J. Marte Placed on 10-Day DL (Fractured left foot)
9/8 B. Pounders Designated for Assignment
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/16 B. Phillips Lower back tightness (day-to-day)
9/6 A. Pujols Sore left knee (day-to-day)
9/5 J. Marte Fractured left foot (on 10-day DL)
8/27 B. Norris off 10-day DL
8/23 B. Revere Left knee contusion (day-to-day)
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