Was named the 2016 AL Gold Glove Award winner after finishing tied for the AL lead in defensive runs saved among pitchers (7) with RHP Masahiro Tanaka...did not commit an error in 32 total chances on the season, while recording 27 assists....became the first Astro at any position to win three straight Gold Glove Awards since Craig Biggio won four straight as a second baseman from 1994-97...made 26 starts before seeing his season cut short in late-August due to left shoulder inflammation... struggled in April (4.41 ERA, 16ER/32.2IP) and May (6.63 ERA, 27ER/36.2IP), but lowered his ERA in every month after, posting a 4.30 ERA in June (18ER/37.2IP), a 3.94 ERA in July (14ER/32IP) and a 3.10 ERA in August (10ER/29IP)...ranked third in the Majors and second in the AL in groundball to flyball ratio (2.65)...trailed only RHP Marcus Stroman (3.42) in the AL...16 of his 26 starts were quality starts...threw a quality start in 10 of his final 12 outings of the season (beginning on June 18 vs. CIN)... had the fourth-highest soft contact rate among AL pitchers (21.1%)...owned the seventh-lowest run support average among qualifying AL pitchers (4.07)...the Astros went 12-14 in games started by Keuchel, scoring more than two runs in just four of those 14 losses...went 4-5 with a 3.60 ERA (32ER/80IP) in 12 starts at home...threw a quality start in each of his last seven home outings of the season...missed the final month of the season with left shoulder inflammation, but was not placed on the Disabled List...earned the win on Opening Day in Houston's 5-3 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 4...allowed two runs on three hits in 7.0 innings...became the first Astros pitcher to start consecutive Opening Days since RHP Roy Oswalt (2003-10), and the second lefthanded pitcher in club history to start multiple Opening Days, joining LHP Dave Roberts (1973-74)...became the first Astros pitcher to register the win in consecutive Opening Day games since RHP Shane Reynolds from 1999- 2000...extended his home winning streak to 17 games by leading Houston to a 1-0 win over the Tigers on April 15...the streak dated back to his final start of the 2014 season on Sept. 20 vs. SEA...was the longest home winning streak in club history (previously RHP Danny Darwin, 13 games, 1989-90) and tied for the eighth-longest in MLB history, last accomplished by RHP Jose Fernandez from 2013-15...went 17-0 with a 1.36 ERA (22ER/145.1IP), 151 strikeouts and 19 quality starts in 20 total outings during the streak...squared off against LHP David Price and the Red Sox on May 12 at Fenway Park...was the first time that the Astros had a reigning Cy Young Award winner match up with a former Cy Young Award winner since April 29, 2005 vs. CHC, when RHP Roger Clemens and RHP Greg Maddux matched up in a 3-2 Cubs victory...threw a three-hit, complete game shutout on Aug. 5 vs. TEX... marked the fewest hits he had allowed in a complete-game effort in his career...was his 10th career complete game, becoming the eighth southpaw in club history to reach 10 career complete games...the last to do it was LHP Mike Hampton (13 from 1994-2009)...recorded his 50th career win in his final outing of the season on Aug. 27 vs. TB...allowed two runs in 7.0 innings in Houston's 6-2 victory...became the fifth left-handed pitcher in club history to reach 50 wins, joining LHP Bob Knepper (93), LHP Wandy Rodriguez (80), LHP Mike Hampton (76) and LHP Jim Deshaies (61)...regained his command of the strike zone over his final 17 starts of the season (beginning on May 22), striking out 97 and walking 23 (4.22 strikeout to walk ratio; 1.85 walks per 9.0 innings ratio)...walked 25 and struck out 47 over his first nine starts of the year for a 1.88 strikeout to walk ratio and 3.99 walks per 9.0 inning ratio...ended his season on an eight-game quality start streak from July 18-Aug. 27...was his longest streak of quality. starts since an eight-game run from Aug. 1-Sept. 11, 2015...went 3-3 with a 3.60 ERA (22ER/55IP), 45 strikeouts, 13 walks and a .224 opponent average (45x201) in that span.
Had one of the greatest individual seasons in club history, taking home the AL Cy Young Award,Rawlings AL Gold Glove Award (second of his career), MLBPA Players Choice Award for AL Most Outstanding Pitcher, Fielding Bible Award (given to the best ﬁelding pitcher in the Majors), Warren Spahn Award (given to the top left-hander in Major League Baseball), three AL Pitcher of the Month Awards (April, May, August), Astros MVP and Pitcher of the Year honors as voted by the Houston Chapter of the BBWAA, while being named the Starting Pitcher on the Sporting News AL All-Star Team and ﬁnishing ﬁfth in the AL MVP voting...became the third pitcher in club history to win a Cy Young Award, joining RHP Roger Clemens (2004) and RHP Mike Scott (1986)...received 22 ﬁrst-place votes and eight second-place votes for 186 total points in the CyYoung voting (LHP David Price ﬁnished second with 143 points)...in the AL MVP voting, garnered 107 points with three fourth-place votes, eight ﬁfth-place votes, ﬁve sixth-place votes, one seventh-place vote and three eighth-place votes...became the eighth pitcher in club history to win 20 games in a season, leading all AL pitchers in wins, WAR (7.2), innings (232.0) and groundball to ﬂyball ratio (3.68), while ranking second in ERA (2.48) and opponent batting average (.217), and tied for third in complete games (3)...became the Astros' ﬁrst 20-game winner since 2005, when RHP Roy Oswalt went 20-12...also marked the most innings by an Astros pitcher since Oswalt threw 241.2 in 2005...marked the most innings by a Houston lefty since LHP Mike Hampton tossed 239.0 in 1999...27 quality starts also marked the most since Hampton notched 27 in 1999...set a franchise record for strikeouts by a left-hander in a single season (216), surpassing LHP Mike Cuellar (203 in 1967)...had the most strikeouts by an Astros pitcher since RHP Roger Clemens fanned 218 in 2004...had ﬁve double-digit strikeout games, which marked the most by an Astro since RHP Wade Miller had ﬁve in 2001...ranked tied for ﬁfth in the AL in strikeouts...went undefeated at home, going 15-0 with a 1.46 ERA (21ER/129.1IP) and 139 strikeouts during the regular season, while winning his only home postseason start in the ALDS vs. Kansas City...became the ﬁrst pitcher in Major League history to ﬁnish a season with at least 15 wins while being undefeated at home...prior to Keuchel, the MLB record was held by RHP Boo Ferriss and RHP Tex Hughson, who both went 13-0 at home for the 1946 Boston Red Sox...his home ERA was the lowest produced by an AL pitcher since RHP Nolan Ryan in 1972 (1.07)...stretched his home winning streak during the regular season to 16 games (dating back to Sept. 20, 2014), which is a club record and the longest by an AL pitcher since LHP CC Sabathia won 16 straight home games from 2009-10...became the ﬁrst AL pitcher to win 16 combined home games between the regular season and postseason since RHP Jack Morris (16-3) in 1991...his 3.68 groundball to ﬂyball ratio bested his 2014 career-high of 3.63, and marked the sixth-highest ratio produced by an MLB pitcher since the stat was ﬁrst tracked in 1987...only one other AL pitcher posted a higher groundball to ﬂyball ratio for a single season: RHP Derek Lowe in 2003 (3.92)...his groundball rate of 62.3 percent was the second highest posted by a left-handed pitcher in a single season since 1987, behind only his 64.4 percent mark he posted in 2014...was named to his ﬁrst All-Star Game, and was named starter of the AL squad by manager Ned Yost...became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to start an All-Star Game, joining Clemens (2004), Scott (1987) and RHP J.R. Richard (1980)...became the ﬁrst pitcher in club history to win a Pitcher of the Month Award three times in a single season...the last Major Leaguer to do so was RHPJake Peavy, who won NL Pitcher of the Month for the Padres in May, August and September of 2007...the last AL pitcher to do so was LHP Johan Santana, who won his awards for the Twins in July, August and September of 2004...marked the ﬁrst year since 1979 that the Astros took home multiple pitcher of the month awards as RHP Ken Forsch (April), RHP Joe Niekro (May), and RHP Joaquin Andujar (June) and RHP J.R. Richard (September) all took home the honor...led all AL pitchers in assists (53) and total chances (72), while leading all Major League pitchers in defensive runs saved (13)...made just one error all season for a .986 ﬁelding percentage, making him one of ﬁve AL pitchers to make one error or less while pitching 200 or more innings...made his second consecutive Opening Day roster, this time as the Astros No. 1 starter...made his ﬁrst career Opening Day start on April 6 vs. CLE, earning the win and out-dueling the AL's reigning Cy Young Award winner RHP Corey Kluber...tossed 7.0 shutout innings, allowing three hits and three walks with four strikeouts...became the second pitcher in club history to toss 7.0+ shutout innings on Opening Day, joining RHP Roy Oswalt, who tossed 8.0 shutout innings on April 3, 2006 vs. FLA (1-0 win)...became the ﬁrst Astros pitcher since LHP Wandy Rodriguez on April 8, 2010 at CHC to record ﬁve assists and one putout in a single game...became the sixth diﬀerent pitcher to start on Opening Day for Houston over the last six years, joining Roy Oswalt (2003-10), RHP Brett Myers (2011), LHP Wandy Rodriguez (2012), RHP Bud Norris (2013) and RHP Scott Feldman (2014)...also became just the ﬁfth lefty to start on Opening Day in Houston franchise history...the others were LHP Bobby Shantz (1962), LHP Mike Cuellar (1967), LHP Dave Roberts (twice, 1973-74) and LHP Wandy Rodriguez (2012)...was named AL Pitcher of the Month for the month of April, becoming the ﬁrst Astro to win a Pitcher of the Month award since LHP Wandy Rodriguez in July of 2009...went 3-0 in his ﬁve starts in April, posting a 0.73 ERA (3ER/37IP) and 22 strikeouts while allowing just 27 baserunners (16 hits, 11 walks) in his 37.0 innings...led the league in innings, opponent batting average (.130) and groundball to ﬂyball ratio (3.61) during the month, ranking second in ERA and tied for third in wins...posted a 0.80 ERA(4ER/45IP) through his ﬁrst six starts of the season (April 6-May 4), including three scoreless starts...per Elias, marked the lowest ERA by an Astros starter through his ﬁrst six starts of a season in franchise history...the previous record was held by LHP Bob Knepper, who posted a 0.85 ERA (4ER/42.1IP) in 1988...threw 13 consecutive quality starts from Aug. 15, 2014-May 4, 2015, which tied the longest streak by an Astros left-hander with LHP Wandy Rodriguez (2010)...was also the longest active streak in the Majors at the time...notched his sixth win of the season on May 20 vs. OAK, becoming the ﬁrst Astros starter to begin a season 6-0 since Roger Clemens started the 2004 season 9-0...was named AL Pitcher of the Month for May...joined LHP Randy Johnson as the only pitchers in Astros history to win consecutive Pitcher of the Month awards...went 4-1 in his six starts in May, posting a 2.62 ERA (13ER/44.2IP) and 38 strikeouts while allowing a .223 opponent average...closed out the month with back-to-back complete game eﬀorts, including a four-hit, 11-strikeout, complete-game shutout against the White Sox on May 30 at Minute Maid Park...had consecutive scoreless appearances on June 25 vs. NYY (9IP) and on June 30 vs. KC (8IP)...over that stretch and into his next start, did not allow a run in 19.0 consecutive innings pitched from June 25-July 7...at 11-4, became the ﬁrst Astros pitcher to win 11 games prior to the All-Star Break since Roy Oswalt went 12-7 in the ﬁrst half of 2005...led all Major League pitchers in innings pitched (137.1), while ranking tied for ﬁrst in the AL in wins, second in ERA (2.23), tied for second in complete games (3) and fourth in opponent batting average (.208) prior to the All-Star Break...was named the AL Co-Player of the Week with OF Lorenzo Cain on July 20, following his dominant July 20 performance vs. TEX, when he shutout the Rangers over 7.0 innings, allowing only two hits with a career-high 13 strikeouts...on Aug. 25 at NYY, did not allow a run or walk, striking out nine with three hits allowed...pitched 16.0 scoreless innings against the Yankees during the season, becoming the second pitcher in Major League history to hold the Yankees scoreless over 16.0 innings in a single season...joined White Sox RHP Joe Horlen, who recorded 18.0 scoreless frames against the Yankees in 1965...won his franchise-record, third Pitcher of the Month Award (August)...during the month, went 4-1 with a 1.94 ERA (9ER/41.2IP) in six starts, collecting 41 strikeouts and allowing a .221 opponent batting average...gave up a career-high three homers on Sept. 6 vs. MIN, snapping a streak of 46 consecutive starts at home without allowing multiple homers...was the longest streak by an Astro since RHP Mike Scott went 60 starts from 1983-86...committed his only error of the season on Sept. 11 at LAA...had gone 47 consecutive starts and 330.0 total innings (dating back to May 31, 2014) without making an error...set a club record by going at least 6.0 innings in 40 consecutive starts from July 25, 2014-Sept. 11, 2015...was the longest streak by a Major Leaguer since RHPJustin Verlander had a 63-game run from 2010-12...notched his 20th win of the season and the 41st win of his career on Oct. 2 at ARI, his ﬁnal start of the regular season...was his 109th career game...the only left-handed pitcher in club history to compile more wins within his ﬁrst 109 games was LHP Jim Deshaies (44)...the Astros scored 21 runs in the game, and per Elias, marked the most run support any pitcher has received in his 20th win of a season in the modern era...the previous high was 20 runs, scored by the Braves for RHP Dick Rudolph in his 20th victory of the 1915 season...made his ﬁrst trip to the playoﬀs, pitching in three postseason games (2 starts)...started the AL Wild Card Game at NYY (0ER/6IP), Game 3 of the ALDS vs. KC (1ER/7IP), and pitched 1.0 relief inning in Game 5 of the ALDS at KC (3ER/1IP)...led the Astros to a 3-0 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the AL Wild Card Game on Oct. 6, tossing 6.0 shutout innings...became the third pitcher in club history to toss at least 6.0 shutout innings in his postseason debut, joining RHP Mike Scott (Game 1 ofthe 1986 NLCS vs. NYM) and RHP Joe Niekro (Game 3 of the 1980 NLCS vs. PHI)...became the ﬁfth pitcher in MLB history to toss at least 6.0 shutout innings in his ﬁrst career postseason start, while also being an elimination game...joined RHP Alex Cobb (2013), LHP Brett Anderson (2012), RHP Chris Young (2006) and RHP Joe Coleman (1972)...in his only home start of the postseason (ALDS Game 3), joined RHP Mike Scott (1986 NLCS Games 1 and 4) as the only pitchers in club history to record the win in each of their ﬁrst two postseason starts...started his playoﬀ career with 9.0 consecutive scoreless innings.
In his third season in the majors, was named an AL Gold Glove winner and the Astros Pitcher of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the BBWAA...is the first Astros pitcher to win the Gold Glove award in franchise history...is the first player born in Oklahoma to win an AL Gold Glove Award since Paul Blair in 1975...the Astros went 17-12 in his 29 starts, which were tied for the most on the club with RHP Scott Feldman...was on the Final Vote ballot for the 2014 AL All-Star Team and was named the AL Player of the Week for the week of May 19-25...the longest continuously-tenured pitcher on the Astros staff led the club in wins, innings (200.0), complete games (5) and quality starts (21), while ranking second in strikeouts (146) and ERA (2.93)...set career highs in wins, innings, starts, complete games, strikeouts and quality starts...became the first Astros pitcher to reach the 200.0-inning plateau since RHP Brett Myers in 2011 (216.0)...became the first Astros lefty to pitch 200.0 innings since LHP Wandy Rodriguez in 2009 (205.2)...his 12 wins marked the most by an Astro since Myers had 14 in 2010...21 quality starts marked the most since Myers (24) and Rodriguez (23) topped that figure in 2010...per Elias, became the first Astros pitcher to reach 12 wins and 200.0 innings with a sub-3.00 ERA since RHP Roy Oswalt did so in 2006...led the Majors in groundball to flyball ratio by a wide margin, as his 3.63 mark ranked directly ahead of LHP Tyson Ross' 2.81 GB/FB ratio...marked the sixth-highest GB/FB ratio ever produced by an MLB pitcher since the stat was first tracked in 1987...only one other AL pitcher posted a higher GB/FB ratio for a single season: RHP Derek Lowe in 2003 (3.92)...his groundball rate of 64.4% was the highest ever posted by a left-handed pitcher in a single season since 1987...ranks immediately ahead of Philadelphia's LHP Bruce Ruffin, who posted a 64.3% groundball rate in 1987...opponents' grounded into a double play 36 times against him, which ranked the second most in franchise history in a single season...LHP Mike Hampton set the record in 1999 with 38...became one of just four pitchers since 1987 to post both a strikeout to walk ratio (3.04) and groundball to flyball ratio above 3.00 in a single season...the others to do it were RHP Brandon Webb, RHP Kevin Brown and RHP Greg Maddux...led the AL and ranked tied for second in the Majors in complete games (5) with RHP Adam Wainwright, behind only LHP Clayton Kershaw (6)...marked the most complete games by an Astro since LHP Mike Hampton (7) and RHP Darryl Kile (6) surpassed that mark in 1997...pitched at least 8.0 innings in eight starts. the most by an Astros pitcher since RHP Roy Oswalt did so in 2006...the only AL pitchers with more starts of 8.0+ innings in 2014 were LHP David Price (17), RHP Corey Kluber (10) and RHP Felix Hernandez (10)...ranked 11th among Major League pitchers and fifth in the AL in WAR (5.1)...posted the highest WAR by an Astros pitcher since RHP Roy Oswalt put up a 6.7 mark in 2007...ranked seventh in the American League in ERA...ranked among the AL lefty leaders in complete games (1st), homers allowed per 9.0 innings (0.49, 2nd), ERA (3rd), innings (5th), WHIP (5th), strikeouts (7th) and wins (T-7th)...was one of three qualifying pitchers in the Majors to post an ERA of 3.60 or lower in every month of the season...the others were RHP Felix Hernandez and RHP Johnny Cueto...led all Major League pitchers in total chances (66) and assists (47), while ranking tied for fourth among AL hurlers in putouts (18)...made just one error for a .985 fielding percentage, which ranked sixth among AL pitchers...was one of just 12 qualifying AL pitchers to make one error or less...the only AL pitchers to make one error or less in at least 200.0 innings were Keuchel, RHP Corey Kluber, LHP Mark Buehrle and RHP Felix Hernandez...per Fangraphs.com, led all Major League pitchers with 10 defensive runs saved...his 1.18 WHIP was the lowest by an Astro since RHP Roy Oswalt posted a 1.17 mark in 2006...went at least 5.0 innings without giving up more than five runs in 29 straight starts, which set an Astros record for a single season...RHP Roger Clemens held the previous record as he went 28 straight starts in 2005...ranked seventh among AL pitchers in quickest pace between pitches, averaging 20.6 seconds...ranked fourth among lefties, behind LHP Mark Buehrle (17.3), LHP John Danks (19.9) and LHP Chris Sale (20.1)...was excellent on the road against AL West Division opponents...per Elias, went 5-0 with a 2.94 ERA (16ER/49IP) in seven starts against divisional foes (2 wins at LAA, 2 wins at SEA, 1 win at TEX)...made his first-ever Opening Day roster this season as the Astros No. 5 starter...was one of two Astros starters that remained on the active roster for the entire season (also RHP Scott Feldman)...was never placed on the Disabled List all year...was scratched from one scheduled start on June 28 vs. DET with left wrist inflammation...on April 10 at TOR, defeated the Jays with a 7.0-inning, one-run performance...became one of just 10 left-handers ever to go at least 7.0 innings in each of his first three starts against Toronto, with the most recent being LHP Joe Saunders (2005-07)...struck out 30 batters in April, which tied LHP Mike Hampton for the second-most ever compiled by an Astros left-hander during the month...LHP Wandy Rodriguez set the record with 33 strikeouts in April of 2011...Keuchel only had five starts in April, whereas Hampton and Rodriguez each had six during their respective seasons...on May 8 at DET, out dueled his former college roommate, LHP Drew Smyly (3 ER/5.1 IP), in an Astros 6-2 win...went 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts...tossed his first career complete game shutout (second career complete game), and the Astros first of the season, on May 13 vs. TEX...struck out seven and allowed seven hits and one walk...struck out the side on 10 pitches in the 2nd inning (one pitch away from an immaculate inning)...became the first Astro with at least seven strikeouts and no walks in a shutout since RHP Roy Oswalt did so on April 16, 2004, vs. MIL...also became just the second pitcher in club history to shut out the Rangers (also RHP Taylor Buchholz on May 21, 2006, vs. TEX)...RHP Scott Feldman did so later in the season on Aug. 30 in Houston...in his next start, went 8.2 innings on May 19 at LAA and then threw another complete game in his next outing on May 25 at SEA...came within one out of throwing three straight complete games, as OF Mike Trout reached on an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in his start on May 19...became the first Astros pitcher to go 8.2+ innings in three straight starts since RHP Darryl Kile did so from July 20-25, 1997...prior to Keuchel, the last MLB player to do so was LHP Cliff Lee from June 16-28, 2011...was named the American League Player of the Week for the week of May 19-25...became the first Astros pitcher to win Player of the Week honors since RHP Roy Oswalt did so in 2008...became one of just three left-handed pitchers in club history to win Player of the Week honors, joining LHP Bob Knepper (1981) and LHP Joe Sambito (1980)...went 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA (2ER/17.2IP), 14 strikeouts and a complete game during the week... among AL pitchers during the week, he ranked first in ERA, innings, opponents' average (.153) and complete games, and third in strikeouts...posted a career-long four-game winning streak from May 8-25...was scoreless in a career-long 20.2 consecutive innings from May 8-19...was the longest scoreless innings streak by an Astro since RHP Alberto Arias had a streak of 21.1 scoreless innings in 2009...his 2.14 ERA (11ER/46.1IP) in the month of May was the lowest by an Astros pitcher since RHP Roger Clemens posted a 1.54 ERA (7ER/41IP) in May of 2005...the last Astros lefty to post a lower May ERA was LHP Mike Hampton in 1999 (2.05)...marked the most innings by an Astros lefty during May since LHP Bob Knepper went 49.1 innings in 1986...four wins in May tied a franchise record for a lefty: also Knepper (1988, 1985-86) and LHP Dave Roberts (1973)...per Elias, became the first Houston pitcher with six wins before the end of May since RHP Roy Oswalt in 2007...defeated the Twins on June 6 at MIN (0ER/6IP), becoming the second Astros pitcher ever to win their first six road starts of a season, with the other being RHP Darryl Kile in 1996 (Elias)...he and RHP Jarred Cosart (9-6) each won nine games in the first half...prior to that duo, the last Astros pitcher to record nine wins before the All-Star Break was LHP Wandy Rodriguez in 2006 (9-6)...on July 25 vs. MIA, became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to go 7.0+ innings and not allow an earned run or walk and still receive a loss...the last to do it was RHP Mark Portugal on Sept. 9, 1991, vs. SD...picked up his fifth complete game of the season on Aug. 21 at NYY (3ER/8IP)...was outdueled by RHP Brandon McCarthy (0ER/9IP), who also threw a complete game... neither pitcher issued a walk, which resulted in the fastest 9.0 inning game ever played at the new Yankee Stadium (2 hours, 7 minutes)...10 of his last 11 starts from July 25 through the end of the season were quality starts...went 3-3 with a 2.37 ERA (21ER/79.2IP), 54 strikeouts and two complete games over that span...the Astros went 7-4 in his starts while going 5-0 in his last five outings...ranked sixth in the AL in ERA in that span.