Just two seasons ago, Dallas Keuchel had to battle to win a rotation spot in spring training. Last season, he fended off David Price to win the American League Cy Young Award. Keuchel continued his reign as the AL's top inducer of ground balls and he got better at getting hitters to swing at low pitches that resulted in misses or outs. Even with his improvements, Keuchel is not yet an elite strikeout pitcher, but that's the only thing preventing him from being a sure-fire top-10 starting pitcher in Fantasy. At worst, he's a top-15 option.
Keuchel agreed to a one-year, $7.25 million contract with the Astros on Friday, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports. Keuchel drastically improved his numbers between the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and his success continued into last season as well. The 27-year-old finished the campaign with a 2.48 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 216 strikeouts over 232 innings, earning him a nice paycheck in his first year of arbitration. He should slot in atop the Astros' rotation once again in 2016.
Keuchel was tendered a contract by the Astros on Wednesday, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports. This comes as no surprise, as the Astros relied heavily upon the Cy Young Award winner last season. Houston will bring him back to be the ace of the rotation once again in 2016 with the hope that he can replicate his 20-8 record and 2.48 ERA he posted in 2015.
Keuchel was named the American League Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Wednesday, MLB.com reports. The 27-year-old lefty edged out David Price for the award on the strength of a 20-8 record, 2.48 ERA and 1.02 WHIP over 232 innings. Keuchel improved his strikeout rate from 2014 by more than five percent, while also trimming his walk rate slightly and maintaining a groundball rate over 60 percent. In fact, he led AL qualifiers in groundball rate for a second straight season (61.7%).
Keuchel allowed one run on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings Sunday to earn the win in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Royals. The AL Cy Young Award contender allowed a home run to Lorenzo Cain in the fourth inning, but that was the only damage he allowed as he ultimately helped the Astros take a 2-1 lead in the ALDS. If the series goes five games, Keuchel could be an option for the series finale in Kansas City on Wednesday, albeit he'd be pitching on three days rest for the second time in the 2015 playoffs.
Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel will start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Royals on Sunday, the Houston Chronicle reports. Working on just three days' rest, Keuchel shut out the Yankees over six innings in Tuesday's AL Wild Card game, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out seven. He will be afforded the normal five days of rest this time around before taking the hill opposite Edinson Volquez.