Keuchel may be better prepared for the pandemic-induced layoff than other starters, Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald reports.
Keuchel, like every MLB starter, is coping with the layoff, but he was in the same position in 2019. A free agent at this time last year, Keuchel did not sign with the Braves until after June's amateur draft. The left-hander kept his arm in shape at home in Newport Beach (Calif.). "I was throwing every fifth day just like in spring training," he said. "Physically, I was so in shape that I was ready to go but until you get that major-league adrenaline and atmosphere out there, it's tough to duplicate." Keuchel, who is lining up to be the second starter behind Lucas Giolito, offers balance in the rotation as a lefty who doesn't overpower opponents with a high-velocity fastball.
Keuchel allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out three over 3.2 innings in Saturday's spring game against the Giants.
While he was pulled in the middle of the fourth inning, Keuchel told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that he could have pitched another couple of innings. Despite the runs, the veteran left-hander is pleased to get his work in. He'll next throw in an in-camp format Thursday, when the White Sox have a scheduled off day.
Keuchel allowed one run on six hits while striking out one over four innings in a spring game against the Padres on Monday.
Keuchel looked in midseason form during his spring debut, inducing nine groundball outs with a lot of soft contact. The left-hander worked his pitch count to 50 (34 strikes) and was pleased with where he's at. ''I've been saying all spring that I felt ahead of schedule physically and mentally where I'm at,'' Keuchel, who missed spring training as a free agent a year ago, told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. ''That's just a huge sign for me.'' The groundball pitcher also suggested the White Sox might deploy defensive alignments behind him, which could allow fewer balls to get through the infield.
Keuchel threw a simulated game Wednesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The White Sox are sticking to their plan of not having their starters face AL Central foes, so rather than use Keuchel against the Royals, they had him throw a sim game in the backfields. The left-hander got up and down three times and was upbeat about being able to throw his curveball consistently. That's how he knows he's ahead of schedule relative to previous seasons.
Keuchel agreed to a contract with the White Sox on Saturday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
It's a heavy contrast to last season, when Keuchel didn't reach a deal until signing with the Braves in June. The veteran left-hander posted a 3.75 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 91:39 K:BB over 112.2 innings across 19 starts with Atlanta, which are similar to his numbers from the 2018 season. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, it's a three-year deal worth $55.5 million that includes a vesting option for a fourth year worth an additional $18.5 million.
Keuchel will start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Monday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Keuchel will be pitching on short rest, having thrown 74 pitches in Game 1 on Thursday. He may not be required to pitch too deep into Monday's contest, as the Braves can go to the bullpen early with an off day Tuesday and potentially a few more off days after that if they can finish off the Cardinals in Game 4.
Keuchel allowed one run on five hits and three walks over 4.2 innings in a no-decision against St. Louis in Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday. He did not record a strikeout.
While far from dominant, Keuchel was effective against the Cardinals in his first non-Astros postseason appearance. He saw his effort go to waste when Luke Jackson and Mark Melancon combined to allow six runs in the later innings. Keuchel lines up to start in a decisive Game 5, should the series get to that point.
Keuchel was named the starter for Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Thursday against the Cardinals.
The southpaw will receive the start for the first game of the NLDS against the Cardinals despite being charged with losses in each of his last three starts while recording a 10:7 K:BB with an ERA of 6.19. Since signing with the Braves in June, Keuchel owns a 3.75 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in 19 starts.
Keuchel (8-8) was saddled with the loss after yielding four runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out four over five innings Friday against the Mets.
The Braves handed Keuchel a two-run lead in the top of the first inning, but he would surrender one in the bottom of the first, one in the third and two more in the fourth before exiting. He fired 62 of 98 pitches for strikes on the night. The 31-year-old southpaw owns a 3.75 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with a 91:39 K:BB over 112.2 innings heading into the postseason.
Keuchel (8-7) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts across six innings while taking the loss against the Giants on Sunday.
While he pitched better Sunday, Keuchel has struggled in his last two starts, yielding seven earned runs in his last 11 frames. Prior to these struggles, Keuchel had won five of six starts and posted an ERA under 1.00 during that stretch. Overall, he owns a 3.59 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 87 strikeouts in 107.2 innings this season. Keuchel is scheduled to make one more regular-season start at the Mets on Sunday.
Keuchel (8-6) allowed five earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two across five innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Phillies.
Keuchel surrendered a pair of two-run home runs, accounting for all but one of his earned runs on the day. He lacked elusiveness, generating just eight swinging strikes on 95 total pitches. Keuchel had pitched well entering Tuesday's contest, having allowed two or fewer earned runs in six consecutive starts. Even with the rough outing, his ERA remains at 3.63 ERA through 101.2 innings. He'll try to get back on track in his next outing, currently scheduled for Sunday against San Francisco.
Keuchel (8-5) allowed one run on three hits with three walks and eight strikeouts across six innings while earning a victory against the Phillies on Wednesday.
Just like the Braves, Keuchel is scorching hot, having won five straight starts with a 1.16 ERA during that stretch. Dating back to Aug. 14, Keuchel owns a 0.97 ERA in six outings. On the strength of this hot streak, the left-hander has now won half his starts and has a 3.35 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 81 strikeouts in 96.2 innings this season. He will face the Phillies again in his next start at home Tuesday.
Keuchel (7-5) picked up the win in Friday's 4-3 victory over the Nationals, allowing six hits and two walks over six scoreless innings while striking out three.
The southpaw has reeled off four straight wins and five straight quality starts, posting a dazzling 0.87 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 27:9 K:BB over 31 innings in that five-game stretch. Keuchel will look to stay locked in for his next outing Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Keuchel (6-5) picked up the win in Saturday's 11-5 victory over the White Sox, allowing two runs on nine hits over six innings while striking out three.
Atlanta handed the veteran southpaw a 6-1 lead after the first inning, and Keuchel took it from there, tossing 68 of his 101 pitches for strikes while generating plenty of weak contact -- 11 of the 15 outs he recorded on balls in play were grounders. He's won three straight starts, and Keuchel will take a 3.72 ERA and 70:27 K:BB through 84.2 innings into his next outing Friday, at home against the Nationals.
Keuchel (5-5) gave up four hits and three walks while striking out seven over seven scoreless innings on the way to a win Sunday against the Mets.
Keuchel fired a first-pitch strike to 16 of the 26 batters he faced on the day and was pulled with 111 pitches after seven strong innings of work (68 strikes). He's now picked up wins in back-to-back outings, improving his ERA from 4.39 to 3.78 during that stretch.
Keuchel (4-5) earned the win Tuesday against the Marlins after giving up one run on six hits over six innings. He had seven strikeouts and two walks.
Keuchel served up a solo homer to Jon Berti during the third, but he was otherwise effective, scattering four singles and a double. The veteran southpaw has found his groove in his last two starts with a 14:4 K:BB and only one run surrendered over 12 innings, and he'll look to continue that trend on the road Monday versus the Mets.
Keuchel allowed five hits and two walks while striking out seven through six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Wednesday.
Keuchel delivered a quality start and left in line for the win, but the Braves' bullpen allowed two runs in the seventh inning. Keuchel registered 31 called strikes or swinging strikes on 98 pitches in a sharp performance and now has a 4.39 ERA with 53 strikeouts through 11 starts this season. Keuchel will make his next start Tuesday against the Marlins at SunTrust Park.
Keuchel (3-5) allowed eight runs on 10 hits and one walk across 3.2 innings while taking the loss Thursday against the Marlins. He struck out four.
Keuchel got off to a poor start, allowing three runs via a pair of home runs in the first inning. He again ran into trouble in the fourth, when he surrendered five runs on six hits before departing with two outs. Keuchel had two quality starts in his previous three outings coming in, so this result was a bit unexpected considering the lesser-quality opponent. He takes his next turn at home Wednesday against the Mets.
Keuchel (3-5) lasted just 3.2 innings in Thursday's loss to the Marlins, surrendering eight runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out four.
Keuchel gave up back-to-back home runs in the first inning to give the Marlins a 3-0 lead, but recovered by retiring the next three batters, including a pair of strikeouts. The bulk of the damage came with a five-run, seven-hit fourth inning that was capped off by Brian Anderson's second homer of the game. Keuchel's rough outing comes as a surprise since the 31-year-old had limited Miami to only two runs over 7.1 innings in their previous meeting this season. Though Keuchel has struggled with command issues at times this year, he has mostly pitched well, at least better than Thursday's outing would suggest. He'll take a 4.83 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 46:20 K:BB into a Wednesday matchup against the Mets.
Keuchel didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Reds, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out four.
The veteran southpaw was cruising through six innings but ran into trouble in the seventh, eventually serving up a three-run blast to rookie Aristides Aquino that cost Keuchel any chance at his fourth win. He's now given Atlanta five quality starts in seven trips to the mound since the beginning of July, and Keuchel will take a 3.86 ERA and 42:19 K:BB through 56 innings into his next outing Thursday in Miami.
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