#1 Dallas Keuchel – The Yankee Killer
No question Keuchel’s finest moment as an Astro came against the New York Yankees in two
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critical playoff matchups. These pitching performances are all you need to say when you think of Keuchel because they proved to be stepping stones for the journey to become World Champions.
In 2015, the Astros clinched the Wild Card. But so did the Yankees, which meant that a Wild Card playoff game would be played at Yankee Stadium of all places. While the Yankees were not the same team of the late ’90s and early 2000s, the mystique and aura about them could intimidate a lot of other teams. But not Keuchel, who got the start in that game. He did not disappoint as he threw another shutout going six innings allowing three hits and striking out seven. Silencing the Yankee fans, Keuchel’s incredible display propelled the Astros to a 3-0 win and an advancement to the next round.
This might be number one on many people’s list. But to be fair, there was another start that Keuchel had, which elevated his status as someone the Yankees struggled to get to. Two years later in the ALCS, Keuchel opened up the series against New York with more mastery. This time, he pitched seven shutout innings and struck out a playoff career-high 10 strikeouts. In return, the Astros jumped to a 2-1 win and an early series lead.
From the dark days at the start to the bright sunny end of this decade, Dallas Keuchel remains an iconic figure in Astro history. Whether he returns to the franchise as a player or behind the scenes, Kuechel has a special place in our hearts forever. One could argue that he could be on a Mount Rushmore of the current era in Astros baseball. But all the same, we were pleased to watch Keuchel pitch for the Astros and lead us to a championship.
Thank you Dallas Keuchel and best of luck in Atlanta.