Week 9 Pitcher:
May 28, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) in the sixth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Keuchel– 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 W, 4.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
As Keuchel continues to turn around his 2016, he had a tough task against him on June 2nd. It was not exactly in the Arizona Diamondback offense. It was his pitching counterpart, former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke.
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As the game went along, Keuchel was dealing, throwing six shutout innings while striking out six and only giving up three hits. However after some misfortune in the top half of the seventh, Keuchel tacked on three more earned runs to his season total.
Astros fans and fantasy owners alike should still be encouraged by his start. His earned run total in his last two starts has been respectable. He has been stingier about getting runners on base with him only giving up nine hits and one walk in his last 13 innings pitched.
After his pitching performance on Thursday, his pitching line says that it was just a mediocre start against a weak offensive team. But, Houston area writers said that Keuchel was in 2015 form in the first six innings of that game.
Fantasy owners should be encouraged to keep giving Keuchel chances even though a 5.50 ERA does not look good on a fantasy baseball roster.
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