The Houston Astros are still sitting in 1st place in the American League West, 2.5 games ahead of the Texas Rangers. Dallas Keuchel has a lot to do with that. Sure his ERA has finally climbed over 2.00, but he still owns the 2nd best ERA and WHIP in the AL and gets the Seattle Mariners today, who have scored the least runs, 44, in the month of June. Keuchel is not a strikeout pitcher, but few teams strikeout as often as the Mariners, so we could see a higher K total than usual.
Oddly enough, Keuchel has allowed all 4 of his HRs on the road this season. Why is that odd? Well his home ballpark features the short porch in RF where his own team has taken advantage a league high 59 times! Minute Maid Parks is 7th in the MLB at 1.18 HR/game. Safeco Field is 26th at 0.74.
Nelson Cruz and Mark Trumbo have had success vs the Astros lefty, but neither one is swinging a hot bat right now. Neither one of them has an extra base hit in June! Austin Jackson is the only Mariner hitting over .300 this month.
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