The absence of an ace has hung over the Astros all season. An emergent offered enthusiasm for the short- and long-term success of this franchise. Houston granted Lance McCullers Jr. a five-year, $ 85 million contract extension in March, considering that exact scenario. McCullers blossomed during the best season of his six-year big-league career, creating hope for the next four.
Aces are rare. McCullers’ personality and performances foreshadow that one day he will be among them. The 28-year-old isn’t afraid of the spotlight and wants baseball to save a season or win a series.