Dating back to July 25, 2014, the AL's starting pitcher in the 2015 All-Star Game has pitched at least 6.0 innings in a club-record 38 consecutive starts. Keuchel's streak is the longest by a Major League pitcher since Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers had 63 straight starts spanning parts of three seasons (2010-12). In the last start of his award-winning month on August 31st, the Tulsa, Oklahoma native became the first AL pitcher to record 16 wins on the season after pitching the club to an 8-3 win over the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park. Seemingly un-hittable at home, the University of Arkansas product is 12-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his 15 starts at his home ballpark this season. His ERA at home leads the Majors and is the lowest produced by an AL pitcher in a single season since Nolan Ryan logged a 1.07 mark for the California Angels in 1972. Dating back to last season, Keuchel has won 13 straight home decisions, which is tied for the longest home-winning streak in franchise history (Danny Darwin, 1989-90). Additionally, Houston's seventh round pick in the 2009 MLB Draft is the first pitcher in club history to win his first 12 home decisions of a season. Just seven pitchers in the last century have started a season 12-0-or-better at home, with the last being Minnesota's Santana during his Cy Young Award-winning 2006 season. Led by its ace Keuchel, Houston's AL-leading 3.34 team ERA has propelled them to a 3.0-game lead over the Texas Rangers for first in the AL West.
Others receiving votes for AL Pitcher of the Month included Yovani Gallardo (4-0, 1.98 ERA, 27.1 IP, 15 SO) of the Rangers; Joe Kelly (6-0, 2.68 ERA, 37.0 IP, 28 SO) of the Boston Red Sox; R.A. Dickey (4-0, 4.17 ERA, 36.2 IP, 22 SO), Roberto Osuna (0.79 ERA, 11 G, 10 SV, 14 SO) and David Price (4-1, 2.28 ERA, 43.1 IP, 50 SO) of the Toronto Blue Jays; Detroit's Verlander (1.50 ERA, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 36 SO); and Keuchel's teammate Mike Fiers (2-0, 2.25 ERA, 36.0 IP, 36 SO), who threw a no-hitter on August 21.
The American League Pitcher of the Month, Dallas Keuchel, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment.