Dallas Keuchel named Opening Day starter by the Astros

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Houston has officially named left-hander Dallas Keuchel as its Opening Day starter following a breakout season in which he came out of nowhere to throw 200 innings with a 2.93 ERA.

Prior to last season Keuchel had a 5.20 ERA in 239 career innings through age 25, but he was among the American League’s best pitchers and is a no-brainer pick to start Game 1 for the Astros.

He’ll likely be followed by Scott Feldman and Collin McHugh, but manager A.J. Hinch has not revealed his rotation plans beyond Keuchel.