Bow down to the beard! Major League Baseball has announced that Houston Astros left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel has been Dallas Keuchel the American League Pitcher of the Month for the second straight month in a row.
Keuchel finished the month with a 4-1 record in six starts in May, posting a 2.62 ERA, 38 strikeouts, and a .223 average by opposing hitters. He pitched two complete games to end the Month of May, including a four-hit, 11-strikeout, complete-game shut against the White Sox on May 30 at Minute Maid Park.
During May, Keuchel led the AL in innings pitched, complete games, tied for fourth in wins, eighth in strikeouts and nineth in ERA. He currently leads all Major League pitchers in innings pitched (81.2), ERA (1.76), opponents' average (.183) and groundball to flyball ratio (4.68), while he is tied for second in the American League in wins (7).
In April, Keuchel won his first Pitcher of the Month Award, he went 3-0 in his five April starts, posting a 0.73 ERA in 37 innings pitched with 22 strikeouts.
Keuchel joins Andy Pettitte and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers in club history to win two Pitcher of the Month Awards in one season. Johnson and Keuchel are the only two that have won the award in back-to-back months.