Top Performer #1: Dallas Keuchel
Dallas Keuchel has had an impressive start to his bounce back season. The bearded southpaw went from winning a Cy Young award in 2015 to a struggling starter on a competitive club in 2016. Not long after his struggles began the question arose whether Keuchel was just a two-season wonder. If we can rely upon his results from the month of April then the answer has to be a resounding “NO”!
Statistics as of 4/30: 44.2 IP, 1.21 ERA, 3.38 FIP, 62.8% GB%, 21.8% K%
The Astros needed the Keuchel of old to resurface in 2017, and thus far he has held up his end of the deal. As a whole, the Astros starting rotation had done relatively well when you consider that Collin McHugh has yet to throw a meaningful pitch this year. This further stresses the need for a healthy and effective Keuchel for the entire season. Thus far, he has been everything that the Astros needed.