Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel proved his breakout 2014 campaign was for real in 2015. The Baseball Writers of America awarded this year's campaign with the 2015 American League Cy-Young Award.
Keuchel received 22 of the possible 30 first place votes, and received eight second place votes. Toronto Blue Jays starter David Price finished second with eight first place votes. Keuchel finished with 186 total points from the 30 votes cast, and Prince had 143.
Keuchel was one of the most consistent pitcher in the American League in 2015, winning the AL Pitcher of the Month in April, May, and August. Keuchel was the starting pitcher for the American League in the 2015 All-Star Game with Cincinnati.
The season started with the Astros wondering who would be their "ace", Keuchel took the reigns from start to finish. He opened the season with a seven shutout innings against the Cleveland Indians and started in the Astros' first playoff game since 2005 -- shutting out the New York Yankees over six innings.
Keuchel allowed just one run over 13 postseason innings in which he started the game (against the Yankees and eventual World Series Champion Kansas City Royals) -- including 14 strikeouts over the two games.
Keuchel finished first in the American League in wins (20), innings pitched (232), batters faced (911), ERA+ (162), WHIP (1.02 WHIP) and groundball rate (61.7 percent). He was in the top five in ERA (2.48, second), FIP (2.91), strikeout to walk ratio (4.24), and strikeouts (216).
Keuchel was historic at home this season, going 15-0 at Minute Maid Park with a 1.46 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in 18 starts. He is the first pitcher in MLB history to have a perfect 15-0 record at home in the modern era.
Keuchel added the Cy-Young Award to the Warren Spahn Award (presented to best left-hander in the Major Leagues), the Players Choice Award for 2015 American League Most Outstanding Pitcher, and his back-to-back Gold Glove Awards for American League Pitcher.
Fielding has been a key for Keuchel as the Gold Glove Awards show. Keuchel led the American League in fielding opportunities (72), assists (53), and range factor (2.75). He made just one error all season resulting ina a .986 fielding percentage, he had just two errors in 138 total chances over the last two seasons combined. Keuchel was one of only five AL pitchers to make one error or less while pitching 200 or more innings, joining R.A. Dickey, Sonny Gray, Corey Kluber and teammate Collin McHugh.
Keuchel joins two Astros pitchers in franchise history to win the Cy-Young Award, previously Mike Scott (1986) and Rogers Clemens (2004) won the award.