Astros ace not thrilled with team's trade deadline passivity

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 2, 2017

Dallas Keuchel is not happy with the Houston Astros. "Disappointment is a little bit of an understatement", Keuchel told reporters prior to Tuesday's game. The Astros would have done well to add a quality starter like Sonny Gray or Yu Darvish. It's true that Brad Peacock has been better than anyone expected with a 151 ERA+, and that the injuries have given the Astros a chance to test out some young arms-David Paulino, Francis Martes, Joe Musgrove-that might prove playoff-ready, but apparently Keuchel isn't prepared to count on them-and he's willing to say so.

While Keuchel's return from a neck injury provides a huge boost to a pitching staff that has seen three regulars hit the disabled list this week, the Astros' inability to land any of the marquee pitchers they previously were linked to has left the 29-year-old All-Star with some doubts heading into the final two months of the season. The Astros have a 16-game lead in the AL West, the second-best record in baseball, and are all-but-guaranteed a playoff berth already. Keuchel himself is coming off of his first start in almost two months due to a neck injury. So, that was the motto in spring training - we knew we were going to be good. "And now that we didn't really do too much at the deadline, it's going to be an in-clubhouse kind of vibe the rest of the year".

Keuchel just hopes a 9-7 start to the second half and a quiet trade deadline isn't a prelude to a postseason letdown.

"We obviously believe in ourselves and we believe we're good enough to win now and get to the World Series".

As good as Houston has been in 2017, it's far from a ideal team.

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