Astros WHIP+ Shows an Above Average Rotation

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Lance McCullers, Jr. – 94

Am I the only one surprised by LMJ being this low on this list?  The culprit is walks, which McCullers, Jr. averages 4.21 of every nine innings, the worst among Astros starters (excluding Bielak’s two opener appearances).

For his career, McCullers walks 3.5 per nine innings so 2021 could be viewed as an outlier. McCullers only allowed 6.76 hits per nine innings in 2021, so theoretically, with a reduced walk rate he could be that much better in 2022.