Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel Named American League Cy Young Award Winner

Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel's fantastic 2015 run has earned him some hefty hardware, as he was named the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner on Wednesday evening.

Keuchel beat out fellow Cy Young contenders David Price (Toronto Blue Jays) and Sonny Gray (Oakland Athletics) for the award, adding his name to an elite club of top pitchers spanning generation after generation. He garnered 22 of a possible 30 first-place votes, adding eight runner-up nods to finish with 186 of a possible 210 points. Price came in second with 143 points (8 first, 21 second, 1 first) with Gray taking third with 82 points (1 second, 24 third, 3 fourth).

The Chicago White Sox's Chris Sale and Tampa Bay Rays' Chris Archer rounded out the top five.

Selected to start the 2015 MLB All-Star Game by Royals manager Ned Yost, Keuchel showed that his breakthrough 2014 performance was no fluke while leading the Astros to their first playoff appearance since their 2005 World Series appearance. His finished the season with a 20-8 record, 2.48 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. He finished first in the American League in wins, ERA, WHIP, innings pitched (232) and batters faced (911), among other categories. 

A perfect 15-0 at home, Keuchel's ERA was a microscopic 1.46 ERA at Minute Maid Park. The only other pitcher to post as many as 12 wins against zero losses at home in a full season was Johan Santana. Keuchel did that by inducing a litany of groundballs, leading the American League with a 61.7% groundball rate.

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