A look at the Houston Astros improved starting pitching in 2014

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Dallas Keuchel

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Dallas Keuchel

Keuchel went 12-9 with a 2.93 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, .252 BAA, and 6.57 K/9 ratio. He was the team’s best pitcher all year and the first Astro to throw 200+ innings (he had exactly 200) in a season since 2011. Keuchel piled up 146 strikeouts while allowing 187 hits, 48 walks, 65 earned runs, and 11 home runs in 29 starts. He won the Astros’ Pitcher of the Year Award from the Houston Chapter of the BBWAA and was second in the league in complete games (five), 11th in WAR, and 20th in ERA.

The Astros shut down Keuchel one start early after giving him a large workload this season. He will definitely be back with the Astros next year and at the top of their rotation once again.  The 26-year-old lefty from the University of Arkansas will be entering his fourth year in the majors in 2015 and the organization will be expecting another great season.