Impressive rookie McCullers earns another start for Astros
After 21-year-old right-hander Lance McCullers, Jr. impressed with a mostly solid Major League debut in the Houston Astros’ 2-1 loss to the Oakland A’s on Monday night, he was rewarded with good news: he’ll be making at least one more start with the big league club.
That’s what manager A.J. Hinch told the media before the Astros’ game on Tuesday night. McCullers will toe the rubber on Saturday when the Astros take on the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. The Tigers’ potent offense could be a strong challenge for McCullers, though Hinch told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he was impressed with the kid’s ability to control his emotions: When he slows down and keeps his delivery intact, he has good control," Hinch said. "Obviously, controlling his emotions is pretty hard. I can imagine that’s the most adrenaline he’s ever had in his life."
As for the flashy, Batman logo-decorated cleats McCullers wore for his debut, he chalked that up to youthful exuberance: "I didn’t know any better," McCullers said. "I’m a naïve rookie. I would have felt weird without them on."
McCullers did do his homework prior to deciding to wear them, however: "I knew that [Matt Harvey] is called the Dark Night, so I knew some Batman stuff had been introduced to the baseball world," he said. "I’ve been wearing them, and [George Springer] was like, ‘Man, you have to wear those if you’re going to have them here.’ I put them on and got a lot of feedback."
Will he wear them again in Detroit? Time will tell.