Ace of the Staff
Sep 18, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Scott Feldman (46) pitches during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Collin McHugh: I know that money-wise that Scott Feldman is should be number one. An argument could be made for Feldman as well. My justification is that I like McHugh’s strikeout ability as number one. I also like the fact that it breaks up the righties with the two lefties.
Brian Del Castillo
Dallas Keuchel: He will have a lot on his plate while facing aces from around the A.L. I think he will be solid again, but this team still lacks a true ace.
Keuchel: Proved himself last year as the staff ace. He gets the opening day nod.
For me, it’s Keuchel. While his numbers weren’t quite as good as McHugh’s last season, I fear regression less from the bearded lefty. Ok, it’s actually just because he has an amazing beard. Analysis.
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