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Dallas Keuchel, nicknamed Kid Keuchy, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is a left-handed starting pitcher. He previously participated in the University of Arkansas, where he played baseball for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Keuchel made his MLB debut in 2012. In 2014, he was granted both the Gold Glove Award and Fielding Bible Award. The next year, Keuchel was named the starting pitcher for the American League in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game and won the Cy Young Award, in addition to his second Gold Glove and Fielding Bible Awards. In 2016, he was awarded a third straight Gold Glove Award.
Keuchel started the 2012 season with Oklahoma City. Keuchel made his MLB debut on June 17, 2012 versus the Texas Rangers. He tossed a total game in his second start. Keuchel finished the 2012 season with a 5.27 ERA in 16 games began, while allowing more walks (39) than strikeouts (38). He pitched to a 5.15 ERA in the 2013 season.
In 2014, Keuchel had a 9– 5 win-loss record and a 3.20 ERA at the All-Star break, and was a finalist for the last American League (AL) roster area in the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. He finished the season with a 12– 9 record and a 2.93 ERA. For his strong defense, Keuchel won both the Gold Glove Award and Fielding Bible Award.
In April 2015, Keuchel pitched to a 3– 0 record and a 0.73 ERA in 5 games started. He was named the AL’s Pitcher of the Month for April 2015. He was honored as the AL Pitcher of the Month for May 2015, in which he pitched to a 4– 1 record and a 2.62 ERA in six starts. Keuchel was picked for the AL roster in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, and was picked as the AL’s starting pitcher. He won his third AL Pitcher of the Month Award for August, after pitching to a 4– 1 record and a 1.94 ERA in 6 starts. Keuchel finished the 2015 season with a 15– 0 record at Minute Maid Park, becoming the first player in MLB history to finish with an undefeated record at home with at least 14 wins. His overall record for the year was 20– 8, and he had a 2.48 ERA and 216 strikeouts.
Keuchel began and won the 2015 American League Wild Card Game on 3 days rest. On October 11, he subsequented by beating the Kansas City Royals, 4– 2, in Game 3 of the AL Divisional Series, to move the Astros within one game of advancing. In Game 5, Keuchel was generated for a relief appearance on simply 2 days off in the 8th inning and gave up a 3-run home run as the Royals extended their result in 7-2 which they hung on to win the game and the series. Following the season, Keuchel won the Cy Young Award, the Gold Glove Award, the Fielding Bible Award, and the Warren Spahn Award, given to the best left-handed pitcher in MLB. Keuchel ended up being the third Astro to win a Cy Young Award, Mike Scott and Roger Clemens having actually won the National League honors in 1986 and 2004 respectively.
Keuchel began the 2017 season well with a 7-0 record and a 1.84 ERA. Nevertheless, on May 20, 2017, he was put on the 10-day disabled list due to a pinched nerve in his neck. On June 8, 2017, Keuchel was once again put on the disabled list due to continuing neck problems.
Keuchel throws 5 pitches: a four-seam fastball averaging 89 miles per hour, a sinker averaging 89 miles per hour, a cut fastball averaging 86 miles per hour, a slider averaging 79 miles per hour, and a changeup averaging 80 miles per hour. He had actually found out a slurve while in high school, which he did not use in college, as he relied on his sinker and changeup. Requiring a breaking ball in his arsenal when he became a professional, he discovered how to throw a curveball. He did not prosper with the curveball in the big leagues, and he developed a slider, which helped his results. Keuchel’s sinker and slider both induce more ground balls than average across the league.