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Lance McCullers said he was renewing his changeup: McCullers already has as many wins in 2018 through 12 starts as he did in 2017 through 22 starts. His strikeout rate has not changed much (25.8 to 25.5 percent), but he is stranding more runners, and his ERA is under last year's rate. He has always had a hard changeup, but this year, he is throwing it softer than he has in previous seasons:
The reduced velocity on the pitch is also allowing him to get more fading action as he sees the most horizontal movement on the pitch for his career:
McCullers has also backed up his words with actions as his changeup usage is currently at 17 percent on the season which represents a six percentage point jump on last year's usage of the pitch. The stuff looks great when he pitches this year, but two stinkbomb outings at Cleveland (7 ER in 4.1 IP), and Minnesota (8 ER in 3.2 IP) have inflated his ERA. The frustrating part about the Cleveland outing