The Houston Astros will not have their ace pitcher Lance McCulllers for the World Series.
Despite being huge for the Houston Astros in their ALDS series victory over the Chicago White Sox, they will once again be without their ace pitcher in Lance McCullers.
McCullers is still dealing with a forearm injury suffered in Game 4 vs. the South Siders. This kept him off the Astros’ ALCS roster in their best-of-seven series vs. the Boston Red Sox. While there was some glimmer of hope he could return in time for the World Series, he is not going to be able to pitch on the biggest stage vs. the Atlanta Braves this October. He has not thrown in weeks.
Houston has home-field advantage and opens as a favorite over the Braves in the World Series.
Houston Astros ace Lance McCullers ruled out for the 2021 World Series
Getting to the World Series is just par for the course for Houston now. The Astros have won the AL pennant three of the last five times. While they won their first World Series championship as a franchise in 2017, they lost in Game 7 to the Washington Nationals in 2019. As for Atlanta, the Braves have not gotten this far in October since 1999. The Braves have not won it all since 1995.
Houston will have to adjust to life without its best pitcher for yet another postseason series.