Dallas Keuchel continues to mow down hitters and the Astros are one win away from the American League Championship Series.
In just his second career postseason start, Keuchel was dominant. The former Razorback pitched seven innings and allowed just one run in Houston’s 4-2 victory Sunday afternoon. He surrendered five hits, struck out seven and threw a season-high 124 pitches. It improves his home record to 16-0 this season as the left-hander is the only pitcher in MLB history to be unbeaten at home in 15 or more starts.
It remains to be seen when Keuchel will pitch again. The Astros have a 2-1 series lead and can advance to their first league championship series since 2005 with one more win in the best-of-five series. Game 4 will be played on Monday at 12:07 p.m. and Game 5, if necessary, will be in Kansas City on Wednesday at 7:07 p.m. The winner will take on either Texas or Toronto in the ALCS.
Keuchel compiled a 20-8 record with a 2.48 ERA in 33 regular season starts. An AL Cy Young Award candidate, he finished the regular season by leading the American League in wins, wins above replacement, innings pitched and WHIP. The left-hander is second in ERA, hits per nine innings and home runs per nine innings.
A three-year letterwinner for Arkansas, Keuchel went 9-3 with a 3.92 ERA for the Razorbacks in 2009. He helped the team advance to the College World Series in Omaha for the sixth time in school history during that memorable 2009 season.