The Houston Astros in 2015 were magical, making the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The team was led by Dallas Keuchel and Jose Altuve. Both players received the top award in baseball for their efforts.
Kuechel was honored with the hardware for the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner and the 2015 Gold Glove Awards for AL pitcher. Altuve received his two awards, the Gold Glove Award and the Silver Slugger Award for AL second basemen.
Keuchel led the American League in fielding opportunities (72), assists (53), and range factor (2.75). He made just one error all season for a .986 fielding percentage, giving him 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.
Altuve's defensive numbers were the best they have been since he became a full-time starter at the position in the 2012 season. He ended up with a fielding percentage of .993 after only making five errors in 669 chances. His UZR this season was 3.2 which was a huge improvement over his 2014 season when it was -12.4.
Altuve hit .313 (200x638) with 40 doubles and four triples. The second baseman set career-highs with 15 home runs and 66 RBI in 154 games this season. He led all American League second basemen in hits and doubles while ranking second in batting average.
The Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America presented its 2015 awards too. The Houston chapter named Keuchel as team Most Valuable Player and Astros Pitcher of the Year, Carlos Correa as Astros Rookie of the Year and team executive Nolan Ryan was honored with the Fred Hartman Long and Meritorious Service Award.