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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.

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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.

We now have photographic proof that Tom Ricketts and Ted Cruz are different people

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A lot of people think they have a double walking around someplace on Earth. They may actually be right. We have an example of this in baseball and politics.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts looks a lot like Texas senator Ted Cruz. Or, since Ricketts is older, I guess Cruz looks like Ricketts. Either way, they could play brothers if someone put on, like, the worst ever production of some play about brothers.

If you’re not familiar with one or both of those guys, take a gander at the photo that was taken of the two of them in Washington this morning as the Cubs made the rounds with their World Series trophy:

If they put those rings together, Tom can turn into any animal and Ted can turn into anything made out of water. True story.

 

Anthony Rizzo calls out Miguel Montero for calling out Jake Arreita

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The morning we posted about Miguel Montero calling out his pitcher, Jake Arrieta, for allowing the Nationals to steal seven bases last night. Our view, of course, was that (a) it wasn’t all Arrieta’s fault; and (b) even if it was, publicly calling out your teammates like that is probably not a great idea and certainly isn’t a good look.

When I saw Montero’s comments I assumed that they would not play well in the Cubs’ clubhouse. I was right about that. Anthony Rizzo appeared on ESPN 1000 in Chicago this morning and had this to say:

Referring to Willson Contreras, of course, who has allowed 31 stolen bases to opponents while behind the dish. Coincidentally, Montero has allowed 31 stolen bases when he has played as well. Contreras has played in 24 more games than Montero, by the way.

I predict that, by around 3pm when the clubhouses open, we’ll see a public apology by Montero.