Dallas Keuchel can’t correctly judge balls in the air. In the second after bat meets ball, the Houston Astros left-hander fears every medium-length fly hit off of him is bound to depart the ballpark.
“That’s not a good feeling to have,” he said. “So, I try to keep it on the ground.”
No one is better at keeping the ball on the ground, not this season, and not Friday night at Minute Maid Park, when Keuchel held the New York Yankees to four singles over seven scoreless innings. His Astros manufactured two runs out of six singles to win 2-1 in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
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