The Houston Astros have not had much to be excited about this season. They are last in the American League West. They have begun the youth movement and are experiencing growing pains as their players are trying to establish themselves as major league players. Dallas Keuchel, however, has had an outstanding first-half of the season and deserves the final spot in the All-Star game for the American League.
Keuchel is on the verge of a breakout season for the Astros. He has an ERA of 3.06 in his 108.2 innings pitched. His success comes from keeping his walks down and keeping the ball in the ballpark. His home run rate per nine innings is a minuscule .50, and he’s only walking just over two batters a game. His eight wins are more than any Astros’ pitcher last season.
In terms of where he stacks up in pitching with the rest of the American League, Keuchel is in the top 10 in ERA. His 37 earned runs allowed are also top 10 for pitchers with a minimum of 100 innings pitched. He is in the top 10 in WHIP with 1.18 and just outside the top 10 in hits allowed with 101. The stats speak for themselves when it comes to Keuchel being good enough for the final spot.
Keuchel has stepped up as the ace for the Astros that desperately need one in their starting rotation. His WAR rating is 3.1 and is top five among other AL pitchers which shows his value to a team that has only had one All-Star for the last few seasons. Just because the Astros are bad as a team does not mean that Keuchel should suffer. The left-hander has earned a spot in the All-Star Game, which is more than a few starters with big names who were voted in by the fans can say.