Instead of going with Brad Peacock, the Astros will turn to 2017 American League All-Star Lance McCullers, Jr.
Lance McCullers will start Game 4 for the Astros.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) October 17, 2017
McCullers, 24, has had an up and down season. He was 7-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 16 starts before the All-Star Break, earning him his first trip to the All-Star Game. But after the break, he was only able to make six starts and was 0-2 with a 8.23 ERA.
McCullers struggled with lower back discomfort dating back to June and had two trips to the disabled list.
McCullers appeared once out of the bullpen during the ALDS against the Red Sox, allowing two earned runs on three hits over three innings. Overall, the Astros righty is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two career playoff games.
McCullers last pitched as a starter on September 30, allowing five runs on six hits over 4 1⁄3 innings against Boston.