The Baseball Writers’ Association of America selected Dallas Keuchel as the American League Cy Young Award winner on Wednesday.
The Houston Astros starter went 20-8 with a 2.48 ERA and 216 strikeouts. The 27-year-old lefty boasted a perfect 15-0 record at Minute Maid Park. He won the wildcard game against the Yankees off six shutout innings and he earned a win against Kansas City in the ALDS.
Keuchel garnered 22 first-place ballots from the voters. David Price, who split time between the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays, earned the other eight first-place votes.
“It’s something I definitely never expected,” Keuchel told the MLB Network. “Just playing the game is good enough for me, and just to be in the same category as Sonny [Gray] and David [Price] was special in its own right. But there’s a number of pitchers I look up to, and it’s something that hasn’t sunk in. I don’t think it will for some time.”
Keuchel joins Mike Scott and Roger Clemens as Astros pitchers winning the prestigious award and becomes the first to do so since the team’s migration to the American League.