Keller didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 2-0 loss to the Twins, giving up three hits and three walks over seven scoreless innings while striking out five. The right-hander put together his best outing of the season despite living on the edges of the strike zone, throwing only 56 of 97 pitches for strikes while producing plenty of weak contact. Keller will carry a 3.97 ERA and 63:46 K:BB through 93 innings into his next start Wednesday in Seattle.
Keller fell to 3-8 on the season despite allowing just two runs in eight innings Saturday against the White Sox. He gave up five hits and one walk while striking out four. Keller has thrown two quality starts in a row but took the loss both times, a not-entirely-surprising result given the weakness of the Royals' offense. Keller's lack of run support and unremarkable 15.5 percent strikeout rate make him a not- particularly-appealing fantasy option even if he continues to drag his 4.29 ERA down. He's expected to start next against Minnesota on Friday.
Keller (3-7) coughed up three runs on nine hits in seven innings Sunday, striking out six and taking the loss to the Rangers. Keller had danced around danger early, allowing just one run through four innings despite giving up six hits. He then yielded two more runs in the fifth and escaped further damage with an inning-ending double play. On a positive note, it was Keller's first start without a walk in 2019. Unfortunately, he still owns an unsightly 54:42 K:BB and 4.50 ERA. Keller will face the White Sox at home Saturday.
Keller (3-6) took the loss Tuesday, giving up four runs on 10 hits and a walk over six innings while striking out three as the Royals fell 4-3 to the White Sox. The right-hander continues to struggle, getting tagged with at least four runs for the fifth time in his last seven starts, but on the bright side Keller issued fewer than three free passes for the first time since March 28 -- his first outing of the season. He'll carry a 4.56 ERA and 48:42 K:BB through 71 innings into his next start Sunday, on the road against the Rangers.
Keller (3-5) allowed two earned runs on two hits and four walks while striking out three across seven innings to earn the win in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. Keller got strong results in his start, allowing only two earned runs after the bullpen failed to strand two inherited runners in the eighth inning. Despite the strong results, Keller wasn't particularly impressive as he walked more batters than he struck out and generated just four swinging strikes on 105 total pitches. Still, this outing was Keller's longest since Opening Day and his first quality start since April 12 -- a span of six outings. He'll look to build off this effort in his next start, currently scheduled for Monday at the White Sox.