Dallas Keuchel may not have been a lock to be regular contender for the Cy Young Award when he first came up with the Astros. But he has molded himself into one of the best left-handed pitchers in all of baseball.
He proved that fact on Friday and oh yeah..one more fact: he owns the Yankees.
He is 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in five career playoff games (four starts). He has only allowed two earned runs over 25 2/3 innings in playoff games in which he starts. In two playoff games against New York, he has pitched 13 scoreless innings.
To turn around a phrase used by so many Yankees fans: Hey Yankees, tip your hat and call the Keuchel your daddy.
Here are a few facts to back that up Keuchel’s greatness:
Dallas Keuchel becomes 3rd pitcher in Astros history with a double-digit strikeout game. Mike Scott and Nolan RYan in '86 the other two.— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) October 14, 2017
Dallas Keuchel has allowed 5 earned runs in 26.2 postseason innings for a 1.69 ERA. Is that a working definition of clutch? Or just good?— Richard Justice (@richardjustice) October 14, 2017
Dallas Keuchel became the 2nd pitcher in postseason history with consecutive scoreless starts vs the Yankees, joining Lew Burdette in 1957.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 14, 2017
Dallas Keuchel is the first pitcher with consecutive 7-K postseason games vs the Yankees since Pedro Martínez in 2003-04. pic.twitter.com/ECbcMBBUlV— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 14, 2017
Dallas Keuchel, ridiculous 90mph Fastball movement. pic.twitter.com/Cus1DTG9gm— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 14, 2017
Dallas Keuchel isn't here to play games. pic.twitter.com/mlTHa9oyXr— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 14, 2017
The best part about all of this is the fact that Keuchel will likely get one more shot against New York, so he can do this all over again.