Making just his fourth career start Wednesday night, 21-year-old Astros right-hander Lance McCullers racked up 11 strikeouts with zero walks and allowed one run in a complete-game win over the Orioles.
In doing so at 21 years and 244 days old McCullers became the youngest pitcher with double-digit strikeouts in a complete game since Kerry Wood’s incredible 20-strikeout game in 1998.
McCullers was the Astros’ “other” first-round pick in the 2012 draft that also saw them snag baseball’s best prospect, Carlos Correa, with the No. 1 pick. He has a 29/6 K/BB ratio in 24 innings since being promoted to the big leagues on May 18 following a dominant stretch at Double-A in which he struck out 43 batters in 29 innings with a 0.62 ERA.
Houston has the AL’s best record at 34-20 and the young, high-upside talent isn’t even done arriving yet.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”