HOUSTON Dallas Keuchel answered the questions at a measured clip, ignoring the humorous requests from teammates to remove his hat and jersey top while addressing the media following a serendipitous result.
The gravity of the moment should have landed like an anvil by now, yet Keuchel remained composed. The left-hander had just earned his first big-league victory, doing so while recording the Astros' first complete game this season. Yet beyond a broad smile, Keuchel appeared unfazed.
Astros catcher Jason Castro broached that Keuchel cool in the aftermath of their 8-1 win on Saturday at Minute Maid Park, a triumph that snapped a three-game skid in which the offense was on hiatus. Last weekend in Arlington the same scene unfolded, with Keuchel looking every bit the part of a major leaguer while making his big-league debut against the reigning two-time American League champion Rangers.
"He actually made the comment to me that he was surprised how comfortable he was, and it ...