HOUSTON, TX - Houston Astros left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel will be the guest on Astroline tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. CT at Pluckers Wing Bar for the fourth installment of the offseason radio program. Astros radio color commentator Steve Sparks will serve as the host. Sparks and fellow radio broadcaster Robert Ford will alternate hosting duties throughout the offseason.
Tomorrow night's Astroline, which is presented by Karbach Brewing Co., will air on the Astros Radio Network, the Astros flagship station KBME SportsTalk 790 AM and will stream online at Astros.com/Astroline. All shows are scheduled to broadcast on KBME SportsTalk 790, but are subject to change due to scheduling conflicts. Astroline broadcasts live, weekly from 7-8 p.m. CT during the offseason.
For the fourth consecutive season, Astroline airs from Pluckers Wing Bar, which is located at 1400 Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas, 77007. Astroline runs through March 2017 (14 remaining segments), and is open to all Astros fans with no admission charge.
Fans can submit questions to the show via Twitter using the hashtag #Astroline, before and during the show. As always, fans will also have the option to call the show with questions at 713-212-5790.
Keuchel, 28, is coming off of his fifth season in the Majors. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner made 26 starts before seeing his season cut short in late-August. Following the season, he won an American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award, which marked his third consecutive season (2014-16) to be named the top defensive pitcher in the American League. Keuchel is the only pitcher in franchise history to win a Gold Glove Award and is 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. He enters the 2017 as the longest tenured pitcher on the Astros staff.
Sparks enters his fifth season as the Astros radio color commentator after being named to the post on Feb. 13, 2013. Prior to joining the Astros radio broadcast team, Sparks served as a pre- and postgame analyst for Astros television games over several seasons following a 17-year playing career. A knuckleballer in his playing days, Sparks pitched in the Major Leagues in parts of nine seasons (1995-2004) for the Brewers, Angels, Tigers, A's and Diamondbacks. His best season came in 2001 for Detroit when he went 14-9 with a 3.65 ERA and a Major League-best eight complete games while tallying 232.0 innings pitched.
*Media Note- Media wishing to interview Dallas Keuchel at Astroline are asked to arrive by 6:45 p.m.
Astroline preliminary schedule (subject to change).
Day Date Station
Thurs. Dec. 15 KBME
Thurs. Dec. 22 KBME
Wed. Jan. 4 KBME
Thurs. Jan. 12 KBME
Thurs. Jan. 19 KBME
Thurs. Jan. 26 KBME
Wed. Feb. 1 KBME
Wed. Feb. 8 KBME
Thurs. Feb. 16 KBME
Wed. Feb. 22* KBME
Thurs. March 2* KBME
Thurs. March 9* KBME
Tues. March 14* KBME
Wed. March 22* KBME
*live from West Palm