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Astros to shut down Dallas Keuchel after reaching 200 innings pitched

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Astros manager Tom Lawless' post-game comments included a plan to shut down Dallas Keuchel for the remainder of the 2014 season. Keuchel reached 200 innings in what could be his final start Saturday.

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Dallas Keuchel finished off another impressive start Saturday, holding the Mariners to one run on seven hits over eight innings. Keuchel reached exactly 200 innings pitched this season with the previously mentioned eight innings against the M's. Astros manager Tom Lawless congratulated Keuchel on his feat and also announced that Keuchel wouldn't make another start in 2014.

Keuchel reached 200 innings for the first time in his career, after pitching 153 2/3 innings in 2013. It's been an impressive season for the 26-year-old pitcher out of the University of Arkansas. Keuchel currently has sixth-best ERA (2.93) among American League starting pitchers, and ninth in quality start percentage at 68% He almost lapped the field in groundball-to-flyball rate at 1.88, the next closest AL pitcher was Sonny Gray at 1.34.

Dallas Keuchel has shown this season he is no "average" pitcher with an 80-grade beard to match.