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Dallas Keuchel could improve to 10-0 tonight

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Update (8:13 PM ET): Well, so much for that. Keuchel was scratched from Wednesday’s start due to an illness, per FOX Sports Kansas City.


The Astros lost on Tuesday night in walk-off fashion, ending the team’s 11-game winning streak. But another impressive streak is still alive: Dallas Keuchel has yet to suffer a loss this season through 11 starts. He enters Wednesday’s start against the Royals with a sterling 9-0 record and has a chance to make it 10-0 if he continues to pitch as well as he has been this season.

Along with the spotless record, Keuchel also leads the majors with a 1.67 ERA and a 0.872 WHIP. With that, he carries a terrific 69/18 K/BB ratio in 75 2/3 innings.

Keuchel led the league in wins with 20 when he won the AL Cy Young Award in 2015, but he didn’t get to 10 wins until his 17th start and he lost three games in the process.

Keuchel has been one big reason why the Astros have, by far, baseball’s best record at 42-17. The team with the next-best record is the Nationals at 37-20.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.