Chicago White Sox: Great grade for Dallas Keuchel in year one

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Dallas Keucheel was great for the Chicago White Sox in year one with them.

The Chicago White Sox made a brilliant signing when they added Dallas Keuchel in 2019-20 free agency. It seemed like he would be the number two pitcher when you looked at the roster so you can argue he was even better than you thought. He was arguably their best pitcher for the 2020 season which is more than what they expected. He came in fifth place for the American League Cy Young which is two spots ahead of Lucas Giolito.

Of course, Keuchel didn’t have that good of a time in his playoff game but he wasn’t 100 percent healthy down the stretch. Before that, however, he was amazing in the regular season. He went 6-2 in 11 starts for the White Sox in 2020. He had an ERA of 1.99 and a WHIP of 1.089 so his numbers clearly supported the fact that he was in the Cy Young conversation.

The White Sox need Dallas Keuchel to be sweet again in 2021. He was a great pitcher to team up with Lucas Giolito because you felt like they had a chance to win every game that each of them started. When you have that level of pitching at the top of your rotation, you are in a good spot. The White Sox had good luck with Keuchel in 2020 and his grade reflects that.

Final Grade: A

There is no other grade that Dallas Keuchel deserves besides an A. He was amazing for the White Sox all season long. His ERA and WHIP were very good and it was clear that he was going to be a big help in the White Sox getting back to the playoffs for the first time in 12 years from his first start on.

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2021 Outlook:

The White Sox are going to have Keuchel in the middle of a good rotation in 2021. He will pitch behind Lucas Giolito but we don’t know where Lance Lynn will fit in. He will either fit in between Giolito and Lynn or behind them both. Either way, it is going to form one of the best three-headed monsters the team has had in modern history. Keuchel is a great pitcher and the White Sox are lucky to have him for the long haul.