Dallas Keuchel defeated the Rangers on Sunday, reducing the Astros’ deficit in the AL West to 2.5 games with six games remaining. He scattered two hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts, lowering his season-wide ERA to 2.47 in his quest to win the American League Cy Young Award.
More impressively, Keuchel ends his home schedule with a perfect 15-0 record, a 1.46 ERA, and a 139/28 K/BB ratio in 129 1/3 innings. Per ESPN Stats & Info, Keuchel is the first to win 15-plus games with zero losses since Bill Hoffer went 20-0 at home… in 1895. Additionally, per MLB.com’s Richard Justice, the lefty’s 1.46 home ERA is the lowest by an American League pitcher since Nolan Ryan posted a 1.07 ERA in 1972 with the California Angels.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers and starter Jimmy Nelson have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract. The deal includes a $50,000 bonus if he wins Comeback Player of the Year Award, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.
Nelson, 29, was entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing shoulder surgery in September 2017. He had a solid 2017 season, finishing with a 3.49 ERA and a 199/48 K/BB ratio in 1751/3 innings of work. The Brewers are hoping he can return to form this coming season.
Assuming he’s healthy and productive, he will rejoin a rotation that now includes Jhoulys Chacin, Chase Anderson, Zach Davis, and an as yet undecided No. 5 starter.