1. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros. Man, how much does he love pitching at Minute Maid? In an important game against the wild-card chasing Angels, he allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innings as the Astros beat the Angels 6-3 with Luke Gregerson coming on for the final out to stave off a ninth-inning rally. Keuchel improved to 14-0 at home with a 1.47 ERA.
So, using the Baseball-Reference Play Index, which goes back to 1914, it appears no pitcher has gone undefeated at home with at least 14 victories. The best single-season records at home with at least 14 wins:
Lefty Grove, 1931 A's: 17-1, 2.21
Carl Hubbell, 1936 Giants: 15-1, 1.82
Ellis Kinder, 1949 Red Sox: 15-1, 3.15
Five others went 14-1 at home, the most recent being Ron Darling of the 1988 Mets.
Two pitchers went 13-0 at home: Dave "Boo" Ferriss of the 1946 Red Sox and Tex Hughson of the 1944 Red Sox.
The last pitcher to win at least 14 games at home with an ERA under 1.50? John Tudor of the 1985 Cardinals; he went 14-2, 1.47.
Aside from all that, the Astros picked up half a game on the idle Rangers, so they now sit one game back.
Oh, Keuchel's next start: Sunday at home against the Rangers.
Dallas Keuchel's 1.47 ERA at home is the lowest home ERA for an AL pitcher since Nolan Ryan's 1.07 ERA for the Angels in 1972. #Astros— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) September 22, 2015
2. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros. The rookie shortstop went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run opposite-field homer off Jered Weaver in the third inning. That's his 19th home run, one shy of Dickie Thon's club record for a shortstop. And Correa has done it in 88 games.
"I'll give you the worst easiest quote in history. He's a really good player."--A.J. Hinch on @TeamCJCorrea— Richard Justice (@richardjustice) September 22, 2015
4. Jeff Samardzija, Chicago White Sox. Throwing a one-hit, no-walk shutout on 88 pitches will help Samardzija reclaim some of the free-agent money he has lost with his recent poor performances. By the way ... remember when the Tigers were nine games over .500 after 37 games? That's right, they were 26-17 on May 22, a 98-win pace. May seems so long ago, doesn't it?
5. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox. Yes, rookie shortstops Correa and Francisco Lindor have been stealing the spotlight. Bogaerts, however, has quietly had a nice year in his second season. He went 2-for-5 with a grand slam in the eighth inning and five RBIs as the Red Sox rallied to beat the Rays 8-7 -- and climb out of last place. He's now hitting .323, and while that was just his seventh home run, remember he's just 22. The power projected of him a couple years ago as a prospect in the minors may still develop.