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Astros Season Preview: Predicting Top Award Candidates

Sep 23, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates with second baseman Jose Altuve (27) after making a defensive play during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates with second baseman Jose Altuve (27) after making a defensive play during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 12, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

AL Comeback Player of the Year — Dallas Keuchel

It helps that Keuchel is set up perfectly for this award. He had two great years, capped off by a Cy Young Award in 2015, then a bad 2016. A full healthy season and a return to form would easily make Keuchel one of the frontrunners. He may already be the odds-on favorite.

Regardless, he will not need to match his 2015 results (157 ERA+) to win the award. All he has to do is post similar statistics to his 2014 season (132 ERA+).

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