The Houston Astros are on the doorstep of the 2016 season. The team is returning from Flordia to play two games in Houston against the Milwaukee Brewers. Astros fans will not be seeing 2015 Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel in those two games because he'll be taking the ball on Monday in the season opener against the New York Yankees.
The team has set their starting rotation for the first five games of the 2016 season. The Astros will send out Keuchel, RHP Collin McHugh, and RHP Mike Fiers on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The Yankees have yet to announce their Opening Day starter and rotation for the series.
Keuchel was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 16 innings (2 starts) with 21 strikeouts against one walk versus the Yankees last season. Keuchel was 1-0 with a 0.00 in 17 innings this Spring.
McHugh was 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA in 8 2/3 innings this spring and was 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in two starts against the Yankees last season.
Fiers misses the matchup with his former team in Milwaukee, he will me making his first career start at Yankee Stadium.
Keuchel returns to the stadium where he shutout of the Yankees in the 2015 Wild Card game. Keuchel held the Yankees to three hits over six innings and struck out seven on Oct. 6.
Right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman will face former Texas Longhorn righty Taylor Jungmann on Friday in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Newest addition RHP Doug Fister will face RHP Chase Anderson in game two. RHP Wily Peralta is set to take the ball on Sunday for the Brewers but no one on the Astros starter.
At the moment, unless the Astros shuffle the lineup, Collin McHugh would be your Opening Day starter against the Kansas City Royals on April 11 against Kansas City.