Married Kelly...Attended the University of Arkansas from 2007-09, majoring in apparel studies...went 9-3 with a 3.63 ERA (32 ER/79.1 IP) as the Razorbacks' Friday night starter in 2009...helped his team to the semifinals of the 2009 College World Series...was teammates with James McCann and Drew Smyly...Graduated in 2006 from Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Okla., where he was a two-time Pitcher of the Year in his conference...also played quarterback for the football team.
Season Overview: Finished his second season with the Sox with 99 career wins...ERA rose from 1.99 in 2020 to 5.28, while opponents' slash line went from .218/.271/.286 to .290/.355/.472...Going for Gold: Won his fifth career American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award...led all MLB pitchers with 41 assists and a 2.67 range factor per 9.0 IP, and limited opponents to just two stolen bases in six attempts...became the fourth White Sox pitcher to win the award, joining Jake Peavy (2012), Mark Buehrle (2009-11) and Jim Kaat (1974-75)...Won his fifth Fielding Bible Award and passed former Buehrle for the most won by a pitcher since the award started in 2006...recorded a career-high 12 Defensive Runs Saved, the most by a pitcher since Buehrle in 2012 (12), and three shy of Kenny Rogers’ record 15 in 2008...A Tale of Two Seasons: Went 6-1 with a 3.78 ERA (33 ER/78.2 IP) over his first 14 starts and 3-8 with a 6.70 ERA (62 ER/83.1 IP) over his final 18 outings (16 starts)...By the Numbers: Issued a career-high 3.28 walks per 9.0 IP with a career-low 1.61 SO/BB ratio...made nine quality starts...Sox were 15-15 in his starts ... also made his first two relief appearances since 2013...Leaving the Yard: Allowed a career-high 25 home runs (previous high was 20)...gave up a career-high-tying three home runs three times in 28 starts...Thanks for Your Support: Received an average of 6.50 runs of support per 9.0 IP, (117 RS/162.0 IP), the third-highest mark in the AL...teammate Dylan Cease ranked second in the AL at 6.85, and Lucas Giolito was sixth at 5.59...Ground and Pound: Ranked among the MLB leaders in groundball/flyball ratio (1st, 2.52), opponent GIDP (2nd, 21) and groundball percentage (2nd, 54.9)...Left Turn: Left-handers hit .304/.361/.467 (41-135) with four home runs, compared to his career average of .225/.271/.329 with 24 home runs entering the season...Soft Contact: Registered an exit velocity average of 88.1 mph, 13th-lowest among AL pitchers and sixth-lowest among AL left-handers (minimum 150.0 IP)...Made his season debut on 4/2 at the Angels (3 ER/4.0 IP)...earned his first win on 4/18-1 at Boston (2 ER/5.0 IP)...posted a ND on 4/24 vs. Texas despite throwing 6.0 scoreless IP...Worked 7.0 scoreless IP with two hits allowed on 5/5 at Cincinnati but received a ND...the White Sox lost, 1-0, in 10 innings...Threw 7.0 scoreless IP on 6/15 vs. Tampa Bay, allowing four hits with one walk and five strikeouts to improve to 6-1...Suffered the loss on 6/20 at Houston in first career start against his former club...allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts over 2.2 IP...former teammate and friend Lance McCullers Jr. started for the Astros...Starter Provides Relief: Pitched in relief on 6/27 vs. Seattle in the resumption of a suspended game from 6/26...the game was resumed on 6/27, and he entered in the third inning...received a ND after allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts over 5.0 IP...marked his first relief appearance since Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS at Kansas City, and 10th in the regular season...Surrendered a season-high seven runs on seven hits over 4.0 IP in a loss on 7/3 at Detroit...Capped his first half with a win on 7/9 at Baltimore, allowing one run on seven hits over 7.0 IP...Earned his first win of the second half on 8/16 vs. Oakland (2 ER/5.0 IP)...went 0-3 with a 12.89 ERA (21 ER/14.2 IP) over his next four starts, allowing 31 hits (.425 opponents average)...Went 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA (6 ER/16.0 IP) over his final three starts...earned his 99th career win in his final start on 9/27 at Detroit (2 ER/5.0 IP)...His final appearance came out of the bullpen on 10/2 vs. Detroit when he gave up three runs on four hits over 0.2 IP.
Ranked third in MLB with a 1.99 ERA (14 ER/63.1 IP), trailing only Shane Bieber (1.63) and Trevor Bauer (1.73)...Sub-2.00 ERA: His 1.99 ERA would be the sixth-lowest by a Sox starting pitcher since 1920 and the lowest since Wilbur Wood (1.91) in 1971 …only Joel Horlen in 1964 (1.88), Wood, Billy Pierce in 1955 (1.97), Gary Peters in 1966 (1.98) and Tommy John in 1968 (1.98) posted lower ERA during that 100-year span...Allowed three runs or less in all 11 of his starts, including one run four times and no runs twice...Better With Age: Lowered his numbers from 2019 in numerous categories, including ERA (3.75 to 1.99), opponents average (.265 to .218), WHIP (1.37 to 1.09), home runs per 9.0 IP (1.28 to 0.28) and walks per 9.0 IP (3.12 to 2.42). l Keep it in the Yard: His average of 0.28 homers per 9.0 IP (2 HR/63.1 IP) was the best in the major leagues and the third-best rate by a Sox pitcher since 1950, behind only Ken Brett (0.22 in 1976) and Dennis Lamp (0.28 in 1981)...Limiting Lefties: Lefties hit .171/.244/.171 (7-41) with no extra-base hits … ranked among the AL leaders in opponents slugging percentage (1st), OPS (2nd, .415), average (4th) and on-base percentage (9th) vs. left-handed batters...Ground and Pound: Ranked second in the AL behind Houston's Framber Valdez in ground balls induced (114), ground ball percentage (53.3) and GB/FB ratio (2.74)...Fast Starter: Posted a 0.67 ERA (4 ER/54.0 IP) in innings 1-5 and a 9.64 mark (10 ER/9.1 IP) in innings 6-8… did not give up a run in the first two innings (22.0 IP)...Road Warrior: Went 3-1 with a 1.60 ERA (7 ER/39.1 IP) over seven road starts … his 1.60 ERA led the AL and ranked second in the majors behind Bauer (1.60)...Was 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA (6 ER/30.2 IP) and 26 strikeouts over five interleague starts...Made his White Sox debut on 7/25 vs. Minnesota (2 ER/5.1 IP) … carried a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning, retired the first nine batters and faced the minimum through 5.0 IP...Suffered his first loss on 8/5 vs. Milwaukee despite allowing one run on five hits with a season-high eight strikeouts over 7.0 IP of a 1-0 Brewers victory...Carried a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning on 8/16 vs. St. Louis before giving up two runs (2 ER/5.2 IP)...Finishing Move: Went 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA (4 ER/34.0 IP) and 26 strikeouts over his final six starts, including a 1-0 record with a 0.45 ERA (1 ER/20.0 IP) over four starts in September … threw 11.0 consecutive scoreless IP from 9/6-24...Earned his fourth win on 8/21 at the Cubs, allowing one run on six hits over a season-high 8.0 IP and 114 pitches … carried a three-hit shutout into the eighth... Left his start on 9/6 at Kansas City after 5.0 scoreless IP (49 pitches) with back spasms … was placed on the 10-day injured list on 9/10 (retro to 9/7)...Was reinstated on 9/19 and started that night at Cincinnati … threw 4.0 scoreless IP with seven strikeouts in a ND... Posted a ND in his final start on 9/24 at Cleveland despite allowing one run on four hits over 6.0 IP and leaving with a 4-1 lead … the Indians rallied for a 5-4 victory...Started Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series at Oakland … suffered the loss, allowing a career playoff-high five runs (three earned) on six hits with four strikeouts over 3.1 IP, his shortest career postseason outing… gave up two unearned runs in the first, a two-run homer to Marcus Semien in the second and a solo shot to Khris Davis in the fourth.
Went 8-8 with a 3.75 ERA (47 ER/112.2 IP) and 91 strikeouts over 19 starts in his only season with Atlanta after agreeing to terms on a one-year contract on 6/8 ... Limited left-handers to a .189 (14-74) average, which would have ranked seventh in the National League with the required IP … posted a 2.74 ERA at home and a 2.77 mark in day games ... Started for Class A Rome on 6/10 vs. Charleston, allowing one run with nine strikeouts over 7.0 scoreless IP … made a second minor-league start for Class AA Mississippi vs. Mobile, giving up three runs over 7.0 IP ... Was recalled on 6/21 and made his Braves debut that night at Washington, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits over 5.0 IP in a losing effort ... In 75 games before his debut, Atlanta starters ranked 16th in the majors with a 4.39 ERA … in 87 games following his debut, Atlanta's 4.04 starters ERA was ninth-best in baseball ... Induced a major-league best 208 ground balls after making his season debut (Oakland's Brett Anderson ranked second with 174) and ranked second with 16 double play balls ... Earned the win in Atlanta's final game before the break on 7/7 vs. Miami and its first game after the break on 7/12 at San Diego … became the third Braves pitcher since 1900 to start and win consecutive regular-season games and the first since Johnny Sain on 9/6-11/48 ... Went 5-3 with a 2.55 ERA (15 ER/53.0 IP) over his final nine starts … won five consecutive starts for the first time in his career from 8/20-9/11 … recorded his 1,000th career strikeout on 8/20 vs. Miami (Eliéser Hernández) ... Started Games 1 and 4 of the NLDS vs. St. Louis, posting a pair of no decisions.
Tied for the AL lead in starts (career-high 34), ranked third in IP (204.2 IP) and tied for fourth in quality starts (20) … became the 15th pitcher in Astros history to record three seasons of 200.0-plus IP ... Won his fourth Rawlings Gold Glove Award … led AL pitchers in total chances (41) and tied for second in assists (27) … did not make an error in his 34 starts and 41 total chances ... Led the majors in GB/FB ratio (2.58) and groundball rate (54.7 percent) … also topped AL starting pitchers in soft contact rate (22.4 percent) and gave up the lowest percentage of hard contact in the AL at 28.1 percent ... Went 9-3 with a 3.23 ERA (43 ER/119.2 IP) over his last 20 starts of the season, compared to 3-8 with a 4.45 ERA (42 ER/85.0 IP) over his first 14 ... Surpassed 1,000.0 IP in his career on 4/16 at Seattle in a complete-game loss (8.0 IP) ... Went 6.0 IP with no earned runs allowed in back-to-back starts against the Royals from 6/16-22 ... Went 4-1 with a 1.65 ERA (6 ER/32.2 IP) over five starts in July … carried a no-hitter through two outs in the seventh inning on 7/20 at the Angels ... Made two starts in the postseason, going 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA (4 ER/10.0 IP) … posted a no decision in Game 3 of the ALDS at Cleveland, allowing two runs on four hits over 5.0 IP, as Houston completed a three-game sweep … suffered the loss in Game 3 of the ALCS vs. Boston (2 ER/5.0 IP) ... Ended the postseason as the Astros all-time leader in starts (9) and ranked second in IP (51.2) and strikeouts (48).
Bounced back to his Cy Young-form, earning his second-career All-Star nod while going 14-5 with a 2.90 ERA (47ER/145.2IP) in 23 starts for the Astros...was named the Astros co-Pitcher of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the BBWAA...marked his third-career season with double-digit wins...his 14 wins ranked tied for ninth in the AL, while his .737 winning percentage ranked tied for fifth in the AL...fell 14.1 innings shy of qualifying for the ERA title, but among AL pitchers with at least 140.0 innings pitched, his 2.90 ERA ranked third behind RHP Corey Kluber (2.25) and LHP Chris Sale (2.90)...posted career highs in groundball rate (67.3%) and groundball to fly ball ratio (4.41), leading the Majors in both categories among pitchers with at least 140.0 innings pitched... his 67.3 groundball rate was the fourth-highest mark in a single season by a Major Leaguer since the stat was first tracked in 1987...trailed three seasons produced by RHP Derek Lowe (67.7 in 2006, 67.7 in 2003, 63.3 in 2002)...joined RHP Roy Oswalt, RHP J.R. Richard, RHP Larry Dierker and RHP Don Wilson as the only pitchers in club history to have at least three seasons with double-digit wins, an ERA under 3.00 and at least 20 starts... held lefties to a .145 batting average (16x110), which was the best mark among Major League starting pitchers... gave up just five extra-base hits (2 doubles, 3 homers) and five walks to left-handed hitters all season...led the Majors in soft contact rate with a 25.4% mark on batted balls (min. 100IP)...also had the lowest percentage of hard contact on batted balls in the Majors (24.7%) among pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched...went 9-0 to start the season, becoming the second pitcher in club history to begin a season with a 9-0 record, joining RHP Roger Clemens (2004)...his nine-game winning streak to start this season tied for the longest winning streak in the AL in 2017 with RHP Trevor Bauer...made his third consecutive Opening Day start for the Astros...placed on the 10-day DL with a pinched nerve in his neck on May 17...activated from the DL on May 27...was scheduled to make a start on June 7 at KC but was scratched and placed on the 10-day DL with neck discomfort on June 8... activated from th e DL on July 28...threw 7.0 scoreless innings on Opening Day on April 3 vs. SEA...became the first Astros pitcher to make an Opening Day start in three consecutive seasons since RHP Roy Oswalt did so in eight consecutive seasons from 2003-10...also become the Astros only lefty to make three consecutive Opening Day starts...improved to 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA (2ER/21IP) in his three career Opening Day starts...his three career wins on Opening Day rank tied for second in club history with RHP Mike Scott and RHP Shane Reynolds, behind only RHP Larry Dierker (4)...0.86 ERA is the best by an Astro with multiple Opening Day starts...in his second start of the season on April 8 vs. KC, gave up just one run on two hits across 7.0 innings...became the fourth pitcher in Major League history to start a season by allowing two hits or less in at least 7.0 innings pitched in consecutive games...the only others to do it: RHP Nolan Ryan for the 1979 Angels, RHP Tom Phoebus for the 1970 Orioles and RHP Lon Warneke for the 1934 Cubs...continued his dominance through his next four starts, going at least 7.0 innings while allowing two runs or less in each of those games...became the 13th pitcher in AL history to go at least 7.0 innings while allowing one run or less in each of his first four starts of a season...became the first AL pitcher to do so since RHP Chuck Finley in 1998...notched his 11th career complete game on April 25 at CLE... gave up just two runs on six hits in his 9.0 innings of work...was the Astros only complete game recorded during the regular season...was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for April...led the Majors in wins and innings pitched during the month, while ranking third in the AL in ERA and in opponent batting average (.164)...was his fourth career Pitcher of the Month Award (most in club history)...surpassed RHP J.R. Richard, who won the award three times (1978-80)...became the second pitcher in club history to record five wins in a single month of April, joining RHP Roger Clemens (2004)...made nine consecutive starts of at least 7.0 innings that spanned from Aug. 21, 2016- May 5, 2017...was the longest active streak in MLB at the time, and the longest streak by an Astros pitcher since LHP Andy Pettitte did so in 10 straight starts in 2005...had an 11-game winning streak, which spanned from Aug. 21, 2016-June 2, 2017...surpassed his previous career-long winning streak of eight, set in the 2014-15 seasons... went 11-0 with a 1.79 ERA (18ER/90.2IP) in 13 starts during the streak, allowing just 62 hits (.195 opp. avg.) and 20 walks...his 11-game winning streak tied as the third-longest in franchise history, most recently reached by RHP Collin McHugh across the 2014-15 seasons...went 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA (14ER/75.2IP) and 69 strikeouts in 11 starts prior to the All-Star Break...ranked second in the AL and third in the Majors in ERA prior to the All-Star Break (led all starting pitchers)...was the fourth-best ERA prior to the All-Star Break in club history, behind only seasons from LHP Bob Knepper (1.15 in 1981), RHP Nolan Ryan (1.37 in 1981) and RHP Roger Clemens (1.48 in 2005)...went 0-2 with a 10.50 ERA (14ER/12IP) over his first three starts back from the DL from July 28-Aug. 8...went on to post a 5-3 record with a 2.95 ERA (19ER/58IP) over his final nine starts of the season...threw 7.0 shutout innings on Aug. 18 vs. OAK...was his 12th consecutive quality start against the A's, marking the longest streak against the club since RHP Jered Weaver's 12-game streak from 2010-13...made two rehab starts in the minors...threw 3.0 shutout innings on July 17 with Double A Corpus Christi...then threw 5.0 innings of one-run ball for Class A Short Season Tri-City on July 22...made five starts in the postseason, going 2-2 with a 3.58 ERA (11ER/27.2IP) and 32 strikeouts... led Houston to an 8-2 victory in Game 2 of the ALDS vs. BOS after going 5.2 innings and allowing one run on three hits with seven strikeouts...threw 7.0 shutout innings in Game 1 of the ALCS vs. NYY, striking out 10 while allowing one walk and four hits...marked a single-game postseason career-high for strikeouts, and the most by an Astros pitcher in the postseason since RHP Nolan Ryan fanned 12 in Game 5 of the 1986 NLDS vs. the Mets...became the fourth pitcher with a game of at least 7.0 scoreless innings and 10 strikeouts against the Yankees in the postseason, joining RHP Pedro Martinez (1999 ALCS), LHP Randy Johnson (2001 World Series) and LHP Cliff Lee (2010 ALCS)...became the first pitcher with consecutive seven-strikeout postseason games against the Yankees since RHP Pedro Martinez did so from 2003-04 (ESPN Stats & Info)...became the eighth pitcher in MLB history to win each of his first four postseason starts...the others who did it: LHP Lefty Gomez (6-0 from 1932-38), RHP Livan Hernandez (5-0 from 1997-2002), LHP Herb Pennock (5-0 from 1923-27), RHP Michael Wacha (4-0 in 2013), RHP Mike Moore (4-0 from 1989-90), RHP Lew Burdette (4-0 from 1957-58) and RHP Monte Pearson (4-0 from 1936- 39)...started Game 5 of the ALCS at NYY (4ER/4.2IP)...got the loss but struck out eight batters, becoming the first pitcher in MLB history to record at least seven strikeouts in each of his first five postseason starts...got the loss in Game 1 of the World Series at LAD despite tossing a quality start (3ER/6.2IP)...started Game 5 of the World Series but lasted just 3.2 innings after allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits in Houston's 13-12 extra innings win.
Was named the 2016 AL Gold Glove Award winner after finishing tied for the AL lead in defensive runs saved among pitchers (7) with RHP Masahiro Tanaka...did not commit an error in 32 total chances on the season, while recording 27 assists....became the first Astro at any position to win three straight Gold Glove Awards since Craig Biggio won four straight as a second baseman from 1994-97...made 26 starts before seeing his season cut short in late-August due to left shoulder inflammation... struggled in April (4.41 ERA, 16ER/32.2IP) and May (6.63 ERA, 27ER/36.2IP), but lowered his ERA in every month after, posting a 4.30 ERA in June (18ER/37.2IP), a 3.94 ERA in July (14ER/32IP) and a 3.10 ERA in August (10ER/29IP)...ranked third in the Majors and second in the AL in groundball to flyball ratio (2.65)...trailed only RHP Marcus Stroman (3.42) in the AL...16 of his 26 starts were quality starts...threw a quality start in 10 of his final 12 outings of the season (beginning on June 18 vs. CIN)... had the fourth-highest soft contact rate among AL pitchers (21.1%)...owned the seventh-lowest run support average among qualifying AL pitchers (4.07)...the Astros went 12-14 in games started by Keuchel, scoring more than two runs in just four of those 14 losses...went 4-5 with a 3.60 ERA (32ER/80IP) in 12 starts at home...threw a quality start in each of his last seven home outings of the season...missed the final month of the season with left shoulder inflammation, but was not placed on the Disabled List...earned the win on Opening Day in Houston's 5-3 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 4...allowed two runs on three hits in 7.0 innings...became the first Astros pitcher to start consecutive Opening Days since RHP Roy Oswalt (2003-10), and the second lefthanded pitcher in club history to start multiple Opening Days, joining LHP Dave Roberts (1973-74)...became the first Astros pitcher to register the win in consecutive Opening Day games since RHP Shane Reynolds from 1999- 2000...extended his home winning streak to 17 games by leading Houston to a 1-0 win over the Tigers on April 15...the streak dated back to his final start of the 2014 season on Sept. 20 vs. SEA...was the longest home winning streak in club history (previously RHP Danny Darwin, 13 games, 1989-90) and tied for the eighth-longest in MLB history, last accomplished by RHP Jose Fernandez from 2013-15...went 17-0 with a 1.36 ERA (22ER/145.1IP), 151 strikeouts and 19 quality starts in 20 total outings during the streak...squared off against LHP David Price and the Red Sox on May 12 at Fenway Park...was the first time that the Astros had a reigning Cy Young Award winner match up with a former Cy Young Award winner since April 29, 2005 vs. CHC, when RHP Roger Clemens and RHP Greg Maddux matched up in a 3-2 Cubs victory...threw a three-hit, complete game shutout on Aug. 5 vs. TEX... marked the fewest hits he had allowed in a complete-game effort in his career...was his 10th career complete game, becoming the eighth southpaw in club history to reach 10 career complete games...the last to do it was LHP Mike Hampton (13 from 1994-2009)...recorded his 50th career win in his final outing of the season on Aug. 27 vs. TB...allowed two runs in 7.0 innings in Houston's 6-2 victory...became the fifth left-handed pitcher in club history to reach 50 wins, joining LHP Bob Knepper (93), LHP Wandy Rodriguez (80), LHP Mike Hampton (76) and LHP Jim Deshaies (61)...regained his command of the strike zone over his final 17 starts of the season (beginning on May 22), striking out 97 and walking 23 (4.22 strikeout to walk ratio; 1.85 walks per 9.0 innings ratio)...walked 25 and struck out 47 over his first nine starts of the year for a 1.88 strikeout to walk ratio and 3.99 walks per 9.0 inning ratio...ended his season on an eight-game quality start streak from July 18-Aug. 27...was his longest streak of quality. starts since an eight-game run from Aug. 1-Sept. 11, 2015...went 3-3 with a 3.60 ERA (22ER/55IP), 45 strikeouts, 13 walks and a .224 opponent average (45x201) in that span.
Had one of the greatest individual seasons in club history, taking home the AL Cy Young Award,Rawlings AL Gold Glove Award (second of his career), MLBPA Players Choice Award for AL Most Outstanding Pitcher, Fielding Bible Award (given to the best ﬁelding pitcher in the Majors), Warren Spahn Award (given to the top left-hander in Major League Baseball), three AL Pitcher of the Month Awards (April, May, August), Astros MVP and Pitcher of the Year honors as voted by the Houston Chapter of the BBWAA, while being named the Starting Pitcher on the Sporting News AL All-Star Team and ﬁnishing ﬁfth in the AL MVP voting...became the third pitcher in club history to win a Cy Young Award, joining RHP Roger Clemens (2004) and RHP Mike Scott (1986)...received 22 ﬁrst-place votes and eight second-place votes for 186 total points in the CyYoung voting (LHP David Price ﬁnished second with 143 points)...in the AL MVP voting, garnered 107 points with three fourth-place votes, eight ﬁfth-place votes, ﬁve sixth-place votes, one seventh-place vote and three eighth-place votes...became the eighth pitcher in club history to win 20 games in a season, leading all AL pitchers in wins, WAR (7.2), innings (232.0) and groundball to ﬂyball ratio (3.68), while ranking second in ERA (2.48) and opponent batting average (.217), and tied for third in complete games (3)...became the Astros' ﬁrst 20-game winner since 2005, when RHP Roy Oswalt went 20-12...also marked the most innings by an Astros pitcher since Oswalt threw 241.2 in 2005...marked the most innings by a Houston lefty since LHP Mike Hampton tossed 239.0 in 1999...27 quality starts also marked the most since Hampton notched 27 in 1999...set a franchise record for strikeouts by a left-hander in a single season (216), surpassing LHP Mike Cuellar (203 in 1967)...had the most strikeouts by an Astros pitcher since RHP Roger Clemens fanned 218 in 2004...had ﬁve double-digit strikeout games, which marked the most by an Astro since RHP Wade Miller had ﬁve in 2001...ranked tied for ﬁfth in the AL in strikeouts...went undefeated at home, going 15-0 with a 1.46 ERA (21ER/129.1IP) and 139 strikeouts during the regular season, while winning his only home postseason start in the ALDS vs. Kansas City...became the ﬁrst pitcher in Major League history to ﬁnish a season with at least 15 wins while being undefeated at home...prior to Keuchel, the MLB record was held by RHP Boo Ferriss and RHP Tex Hughson, who both went 13-0 at home for the 1946 Boston Red Sox...his home ERA was the lowest produced by an AL pitcher since RHP Nolan Ryan in 1972 (1.07)...stretched his home winning streak during the regular season to 16 games (dating back to Sept. 20, 2014), which is a club record and the longest by an AL pitcher since LHP CC Sabathia won 16 straight home games from 2009-10...became the ﬁrst AL pitcher to win 16 combined home games between the regular season and postseason since RHP Jack Morris (16-3) in 1991...his 3.68 groundball to ﬂyball ratio bested his 2014 career-high of 3.63, and marked the sixth-highest ratio produced by an MLB pitcher since the stat was ﬁrst tracked in 1987...only one other AL pitcher posted a higher groundball to ﬂyball ratio for a single season: RHP Derek Lowe in 2003 (3.92)...his groundball rate of 62.3 percent was the second highest posted by a left-handed pitcher in a single season since 1987, behind only his 64.4 percent mark he posted in 2014...was named to his ﬁrst All-Star Game, and was named starter of the AL squad by manager Ned Yost...became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to start an All-Star Game, joining Clemens (2004), Scott (1987) and RHP J.R. Richard (1980)...became the ﬁrst pitcher in club history to win a Pitcher of the Month Award three times in a single season...the last Major Leaguer to do so was RHPJake Peavy, who won NL Pitcher of the Month for the Padres in May, August and September of 2007...the last AL pitcher to do so was LHP Johan Santana, who won his awards for the Twins in July, August and September of 2004...marked the ﬁrst year since 1979 that the Astros took home multiple pitcher of the month awards as RHP Ken Forsch (April), RHP Joe Niekro (May), and RHP Joaquin Andujar (June) and RHP J.R. Richard (September) all took home the honor...led all AL pitchers in assists (53) and total chances (72), while leading all Major League pitchers in defensive runs saved (13)...made just one error all season for a .986 ﬁelding percentage, making him one of ﬁve AL pitchers to make one error or less while pitching 200 or more innings...made his second consecutive Opening Day roster, this time as the Astros No. 1 starter...made his ﬁrst career Opening Day start on April 6 vs. CLE, earning the win and out-dueling the AL's reigning Cy Young Award winner RHP Corey Kluber...tossed 7.0 shutout innings, allowing three hits and three walks with four strikeouts...became the second pitcher in club history to toss 7.0+ shutout innings on Opening Day, joining RHP Roy Oswalt, who tossed 8.0 shutout innings on April 3, 2006 vs. FLA (1-0 win)...became the ﬁrst Astros pitcher since LHP Wandy Rodriguez on April 8, 2010 at CHC to record ﬁve assists and one putout in a single game...became the sixth diﬀerent pitcher to start on Opening Day for Houston over the last six years, joining Roy Oswalt (2003-10), RHP Brett Myers (2011), LHP Wandy Rodriguez (2012), RHP Bud Norris (2013) and RHP Scott Feldman (2014)...also became just the ﬁfth lefty to start on Opening Day in Houston franchise history...the others were LHP Bobby Shantz (1962), LHP Mike Cuellar (1967), LHP Dave Roberts (twice, 1973-74) and LHP Wandy Rodriguez (2012)...was named AL Pitcher of the Month for the month of April, becoming the ﬁrst Astro to win a Pitcher of the Month award since LHP Wandy Rodriguez in July of 2009...went 3-0 in his ﬁve starts in April, posting a 0.73 ERA (3ER/37IP) and 22 strikeouts while allowing just 27 baserunners (16 hits, 11 walks) in his 37.0 innings...led the league in innings, opponent batting average (.130) and groundball to ﬂyball ratio (3.61) during the month, ranking second in ERA and tied for third in wins...posted a 0.80 ERA(4ER/45IP) through his ﬁrst six starts of the season (April 6-May 4), including three scoreless starts...per Elias, marked the lowest ERA by an Astros starter through his ﬁrst six starts of a season in franchise history...the previous record was held by LHP Bob Knepper, who posted a 0.85 ERA (4ER/42.1IP) in 1988...threw 13 consecutive quality starts from Aug. 15, 2014-May 4, 2015, which tied the longest streak by an Astros left-hander with LHP Wandy Rodriguez (2010)...was also the longest active streak in the Majors at the time...notched his sixth win of the season on May 20 vs. OAK, becoming the ﬁrst Astros starter to begin a season 6-0 since Roger Clemens started the 2004 season 9-0...was named AL Pitcher of the Month for May...joined LHP Randy Johnson as the only pitchers in Astros history to win consecutive Pitcher of the Month awards...went 4-1 in his six starts in May, posting a 2.62 ERA (13ER/44.2IP) and 38 strikeouts while allowing a .223 opponent average...closed out the month with back-to-back complete game eﬀorts, including a four-hit, 11-strikeout, complete-game shutout against the White Sox on May 30 at Minute Maid Park...had consecutive scoreless appearances on June 25 vs. NYY (9IP) and on June 30 vs. KC (8IP)...over that stretch and into his next start, did not allow a run in 19.0 consecutive innings pitched from June 25-July 7...at 11-4, became the ﬁrst Astros pitcher to win 11 games prior to the All-Star Break since Roy Oswalt went 12-7 in the ﬁrst half of 2005...led all Major League pitchers in innings pitched (137.1), while ranking tied for ﬁrst in the AL in wins, second in ERA (2.23), tied for second in complete games (3) and fourth in opponent batting average (.208) prior to the All-Star Break...was named the AL Co-Player of the Week with OF Lorenzo Cain on July 20, following his dominant July 20 performance vs. TEX, when he shutout the Rangers over 7.0 innings, allowing only two hits with a career-high 13 strikeouts...on Aug. 25 at NYY, did not allow a run or walk, striking out nine with three hits allowed...pitched 16.0 scoreless innings against the Yankees during the season, becoming the second pitcher in Major League history to hold the Yankees scoreless over 16.0 innings in a single season...joined White Sox RHP Joe Horlen, who recorded 18.0 scoreless frames against the Yankees in 1965...won his franchise-record, third Pitcher of the Month Award (August)...during the month, went 4-1 with a 1.94 ERA (9ER/41.2IP) in six starts, collecting 41 strikeouts and allowing a .221 opponent batting average...gave up a career-high three homers on Sept. 6 vs. MIN, snapping a streak of 46 consecutive starts at home without allowing multiple homers...was the longest streak by an Astro since RHP Mike Scott went 60 starts from 1983-86...committed his only error of the season on Sept. 11 at LAA...had gone 47 consecutive starts and 330.0 total innings (dating back to May 31, 2014) without making an error...set a club record by going at least 6.0 innings in 40 consecutive starts from July 25, 2014-Sept. 11, 2015...was the longest streak by a Major Leaguer since RHPJustin Verlander had a 63-game run from 2010-12...notched his 20th win of the season and the 41st win of his career on Oct. 2 at ARI, his ﬁnal start of the regular season...was his 109th career game...the only left-handed pitcher in club history to compile more wins within his ﬁrst 109 games was LHP Jim Deshaies (44)...the Astros scored 21 runs in the game, and per Elias, marked the most run support any pitcher has received in his 20th win of a season in the modern era...the previous high was 20 runs, scored by the Braves for RHP Dick Rudolph in his 20th victory of the 1915 season...made his ﬁrst trip to the playoﬀs, pitching in three postseason games (2 starts)...started the AL Wild Card Game at NYY (0ER/6IP), Game 3 of the ALDS vs. KC (1ER/7IP), and pitched 1.0 relief inning in Game 5 of the ALDS at KC (3ER/1IP)...led the Astros to a 3-0 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the AL Wild Card Game on Oct. 6, tossing 6.0 shutout innings...became the third pitcher in club history to toss at least 6.0 shutout innings in his postseason debut, joining RHP Mike Scott (Game 1 ofthe 1986 NLCS vs. NYM) and RHP Joe Niekro (Game 3 of the 1980 NLCS vs. PHI)...became the ﬁfth pitcher in MLB history to toss at least 6.0 shutout innings in his ﬁrst career postseason start, while also being an elimination game...joined RHP Alex Cobb (2013), LHP Brett Anderson (2012), RHP Chris Young (2006) and RHP Joe Coleman (1972)...in his only home start of the postseason (ALDS Game 3), joined RHP Mike Scott (1986 NLCS Games 1 and 4) as the only pitchers in club history to record the win in each of their ﬁrst two postseason starts...started his playoﬀ career with 9.0 consecutive scoreless innings.
In his third season in the majors, was named an AL Gold Glove winner and the Astros Pitcher of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the BBWAA...is the first Astros pitcher to win the Gold Glove award in franchise history...is the first player born in Oklahoma to win an AL Gold Glove Award since Paul Blair in 1975...the Astros went 17-12 in his 29 starts, which were tied for the most on the club with RHP Scott Feldman...was on the Final Vote ballot for the 2014 AL All-Star Team and was named the AL Player of the Week for the week of May 19-25...the longest continuously-tenured pitcher on the Astros staff led the club in wins, innings (200.0), complete games (5) and quality starts (21), while ranking second in strikeouts (146) and ERA (2.93)...set career highs in wins, innings, starts, complete games, strikeouts and quality starts...became the first Astros pitcher to reach the 200.0-inning plateau since RHP Brett Myers in 2011 (216.0)...became the first Astros lefty to pitch 200.0 innings since LHP Wandy Rodriguez in 2009 (205.2)...his 12 wins marked the most by an Astro since Myers had 14 in 2010...21 quality starts marked the most since Myers (24) and Rodriguez (23) topped that figure in 2010...per Elias, became the first Astros pitcher to reach 12 wins and 200.0 innings with a sub-3.00 ERA since RHP Roy Oswalt did so in 2006...led the Majors in groundball to flyball ratio by a wide margin, as his 3.63 mark ranked directly ahead of LHP Tyson Ross' 2.81 GB/FB ratio...marked the sixth-highest GB/FB ratio ever produced by an MLB pitcher since the stat was first tracked in 1987...only one other AL pitcher posted a higher GB/FB ratio for a single season: RHP Derek Lowe in 2003 (3.92)...his groundball rate of 64.4% was the highest ever posted by a left-handed pitcher in a single season since 1987...ranks immediately ahead of Philadelphia's LHP Bruce Ruffin, who posted a 64.3% groundball rate in 1987...opponents' grounded into a double play 36 times against him, which ranked the second most in franchise history in a single season...LHP Mike Hampton set the record in 1999 with 38...became one of just four pitchers since 1987 to post both a strikeout to walk ratio (3.04) and groundball to flyball ratio above 3.00 in a single season...the others to do it were RHP Brandon Webb, RHP Kevin Brown and RHP Greg Maddux...led the AL and ranked tied for second in the Majors in complete games (5) with RHP Adam Wainwright, behind only LHP Clayton Kershaw (6)...marked the most complete games by an Astro since LHP Mike Hampton (7) and RHP Darryl Kile (6) surpassed that mark in 1997...pitched at least 8.0 innings in eight starts. the most by an Astros pitcher since RHP Roy Oswalt did so in 2006...the only AL pitchers with more starts of 8.0+ innings in 2014 were LHP David Price (17), RHP Corey Kluber (10) and RHP Felix Hernandez (10)...ranked 11th among Major League pitchers and fifth in the AL in WAR (5.1)...posted the highest WAR by an Astros pitcher since RHP Roy Oswalt put up a 6.7 mark in 2007...ranked seventh in the American League in ERA...ranked among the AL lefty leaders in complete games (1st), homers allowed per 9.0 innings (0.49, 2nd), ERA (3rd), innings (5th), WHIP (5th), strikeouts (7th) and wins (T-7th)...was one of three qualifying pitchers in the Majors to post an ERA of 3.60 or lower in every month of the season...the others were RHP Felix Hernandez and RHP Johnny Cueto...led all Major League pitchers in total chances (66) and assists (47), while ranking tied for fourth among AL hurlers in putouts (18)...made just one error for a .985 fielding percentage, which ranked sixth among AL pitchers...was one of just 12 qualifying AL pitchers to make one error or less...the only AL pitchers to make one error or less in at least 200.0 innings were Keuchel, RHP Corey Kluber, LHP Mark Buehrle and RHP Felix Hernandez...per Fangraphs.com, led all Major League pitchers with 10 defensive runs saved...his 1.18 WHIP was the lowest by an Astro since RHP Roy Oswalt posted a 1.17 mark in 2006...went at least 5.0 innings without giving up more than five runs in 29 straight starts, which set an Astros record for a single season...RHP Roger Clemens held the previous record as he went 28 straight starts in 2005...ranked seventh among AL pitchers in quickest pace between pitches, averaging 20.6 seconds...ranked fourth among lefties, behind LHP Mark Buehrle (17.3), LHP John Danks (19.9) and LHP Chris Sale (20.1)...was excellent on the road against AL West Division opponents...per Elias, went 5-0 with a 2.94 ERA (16ER/49IP) in seven starts against divisional foes (2 wins at LAA, 2 wins at SEA, 1 win at TEX)...made his first-ever Opening Day roster this season as the Astros No. 5 starter...was one of two Astros starters that remained on the active roster for the entire season (also RHP Scott Feldman)...was never placed on the Disabled List all year...was scratched from one scheduled start on June 28 vs. DET with left wrist inflammation...on April 10 at TOR, defeated the Jays with a 7.0-inning, one-run performance...became one of just 10 left-handers ever to go at least 7.0 innings in each of his first three starts against Toronto, with the most recent being LHP Joe Saunders (2005-07)...struck out 30 batters in April, which tied LHP Mike Hampton for the second-most ever compiled by an Astros left-hander during the month...LHP Wandy Rodriguez set the record with 33 strikeouts in April of 2011...Keuchel only had five starts in April, whereas Hampton and Rodriguez each had six during their respective seasons...on May 8 at DET, out dueled his former college roommate, LHP Drew Smyly (3 ER/5.1 IP), in an Astros 6-2 win...went 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts...tossed his first career complete game shutout (second career complete game), and the Astros first of the season, on May 13 vs. TEX...struck out seven and allowed seven hits and one walk...struck out the side on 10 pitches in the 2nd inning (one pitch away from an immaculate inning)...became the first Astro with at least seven strikeouts and no walks in a shutout since RHP Roy Oswalt did so on April 16, 2004, vs. MIL...also became just the second pitcher in club history to shut out the Rangers (also RHP Taylor Buchholz on May 21, 2006, vs. TEX)...RHP Scott Feldman did so later in the season on Aug. 30 in Houston...in his next start, went 8.2 innings on May 19 at LAA and then threw another complete game in his next outing on May 25 at SEA...came within one out of throwing three straight complete games, as OF Mike Trout reached on an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in his start on May 19...became the first Astros pitcher to go 8.2+ innings in three straight starts since RHP Darryl Kile did so from July 20-25, 1997...prior to Keuchel, the last MLB player to do so was LHP Cliff Lee from June 16-28, 2011...was named the American League Player of the Week for the week of May 19-25...became the first Astros pitcher to win Player of the Week honors since RHP Roy Oswalt did so in 2008...became one of just three left-handed pitchers in club history to win Player of the Week honors, joining LHP Bob Knepper (1981) and LHP Joe Sambito (1980)...went 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA (2ER/17.2IP), 14 strikeouts and a complete game during the week... among AL pitchers during the week, he ranked first in ERA, innings, opponents' average (.153) and complete games, and third in strikeouts...posted a career-long four-game winning streak from May 8-25...was scoreless in a career-long 20.2 consecutive innings from May 8-19...was the longest scoreless innings streak by an Astro since RHP Alberto Arias had a streak of 21.1 scoreless innings in 2009...his 2.14 ERA (11ER/46.1IP) in the month of May was the lowest by an Astros pitcher since RHP Roger Clemens posted a 1.54 ERA (7ER/41IP) in May of 2005...the last Astros lefty to post a lower May ERA was LHP Mike Hampton in 1999 (2.05)...marked the most innings by an Astros lefty during May since LHP Bob Knepper went 49.1 innings in 1986...four wins in May tied a franchise record for a lefty: also Knepper (1988, 1985-86) and LHP Dave Roberts (1973)...per Elias, became the first Houston pitcher with six wins before the end of May since RHP Roy Oswalt in 2007...defeated the Twins on June 6 at MIN (0ER/6IP), becoming the second Astros pitcher ever to win their first six road starts of a season, with the other being RHP Darryl Kile in 1996 (Elias)...he and RHP Jarred Cosart (9-6) each won nine games in the first half...prior to that duo, the last Astros pitcher to record nine wins before the All-Star Break was LHP Wandy Rodriguez in 2006 (9-6)...on July 25 vs. MIA, became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to go 7.0+ innings and not allow an earned run or walk and still receive a loss...the last to do it was RHP Mark Portugal on Sept. 9, 1991, vs. SD...picked up his fifth complete game of the season on Aug. 21 at NYY (3ER/8IP)...was outdueled by RHP Brandon McCarthy (0ER/9IP), who also threw a complete game... neither pitcher issued a walk, which resulted in the fastest 9.0 inning game ever played at the new Yankee Stadium (2 hours, 7 minutes)...10 of his last 11 starts from July 25 through the end of the season were quality starts...went 3-3 with a 2.37 ERA (21ER/79.2IP), 54 strikeouts and two complete games over that span...the Astros went 7-4 in his starts while going 5-0 in his last five outings...ranked sixth in the AL in ERA in that span.
Pitched in 31 games for Houston, making 22 starts...fared much better as a starter, posting a 6-8 record and a 4.90 ERA (72ER/132.1IP) as opposed to his nine relief appearances (0-2, 6.75) ... owned a tie for the club lead with 153.2 innings pitched (also, Harrell)...had 10 quality starts in 22 total starts this year ... led the American League and ranked second in the Majors in ground ball to fly ball ratio with a 2.57 mark (min. 150IP)...that stat was first tracked in 1987, and since that season, Keuchel's 2.57 GB/FB ratio ranks third in franchise history trailing Mike Hampton in 1998 (2.70) and Shane Reynolds in 1995 (2.67) ... improved in nearly every statistic from 2012 to 2013, including groundball percentage (72.0%/61.1%), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (7.20/4.01) and walks per 9.0 innings (3.05/4.11) ... began the year with Triple A OKC but was recalled by Houston on April 6 prior to making an appearance for the RedHawks...was the first pitcher recalled by Houston in 2013...worked in long relief for four appearances before being optioned back to OKC on April 20... started one game for OKC and recalled on May 2...spent the remainder of the season with the Astros...earned 1.000 full year of service time despite being optioned twice...picked up his first career road victory on May 31 at LAA (2ER/7IP) in what was his 10th game (eighth start) on the road...twice reached a career-high nine strikeouts this season, on June 21 at CHC and on Sept. 13 vs. LAA...in a relief appearance on June 25 vs. STL, fanned six hitters in 2.2 innings pitched, which marked the most strikeouts by an Astros reliever in a single game since Jeff Fulchino also fanned six on Sept. 16, 2009 at CIN...was crowned the winner of the Astros "Dancing With The 'Stros" charity event on Sept. 15...competed against four teammates, each paired with a professional dancer ... close to $200,000 was raised for The Astros Foundation at the event...pitched only one game for OKC this season, a 6.0-inning shutout performance on April 26 vs. New Orleans...allowed just three hits, did not issue a walk and fanned five.
Made 16 starts with Houston across three stints in 2012 in what was his first career Major League
action...went 3-3 with a 2.95 ERA (20ER/61IP) in 10 starts at Minute Maid Park, which ranked seventh in Astros
history for a single season among rookie hurlers...put up a 1.57 groundballs per flyball ratio last season,
which ranked seventh in the Majors and fourth in the National League among rookies (min. 15 starts)...
started the year in Triple A OKC's rotation...had his contract purchased by Houston on June 17 before getting
optioned back to Triple A on July 5...recalled on July 21 and optioned on Aug. 30...officially recalled on Sept. 4, where he finished the season in the Astros' starting rotation...made his Major League debut on June 17
at TEX, where he allowed just one run on four hits in 5.0 innings of work...was the first Astro to make his ML
debut as a starter since RHP Henry Sosa did so on Aug. 10, 2011 at ARI...tossed the Astros' first complete game
of the 2012 season on June 23 vs. CLE in what was his second career ML start...gave up one run on six hits over
his 9.0 frames to earn his first ML win...was the first Astros rookie to record a CG since RHP Taylor Buchholz
went the distance on May 21, 2006 vs. TEX...also became the first pitcher to throw a CG in either his first or
second ML appearance since RHP Clay Buchholz accomplished the feat on Sept. 1, 2007 (Elias)...became the
first pitcher to begin his Astros career by tossing 5+ innings and allowing one-or-fewer runs in three straight
starts since Roger Clemens did so from April 7-18, 2004...over his first seven ML starts of 2012 was allowing
5.77 walks per 9.0 innings (25BB/39IP)...slashed his walks per 9.0 innings rate to a 2.72 (14BB/46.1IP) mark
over his final nine ML starts of the season...made three stints with Triple A Oklahoma City, posting a 6-4
record with two complete games and a 3.90 ERA (40ER/92.1IP)...was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher
of the Week on April 16...entering the 2012 season, was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 21 prospect
in the Astros system.
Went a combined 10-8 with a 4.12 ERA (75ER/163.2IP) and 91 strikeouts in 27 starts between Triple
A Oklahoma City (7g) and Double A Corpus Christi (20g)...was a Texas League Midseason and Postseason
All-Star...was named the Texas League's Pitcher of the Week on June 13 and April 18...was the Corpus Christi
Pitcher of the Month for both June and July...ranked by Baseball America as the No. 23 prospect in the Astros
organization prior to the 2011 season.
Posted a 7-14 record with a 3.77 ERA (73ER/174.1IP) and 133
strikeouts in 28 games (27 starts) between Double A Corpus Christi (9g) and Class A Advanced Lancaster
(19g)...his 3.36 ERA (45ER/120.2IP) at Lancaster ranked third in the California League...was the Lancaster
Pitcher of the Month for May.
Spent his first professional season with Class A Short Season Tri-City...
went 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA (17ER/56.2IP) and 44 strikeouts in 11 games (10 starts).