Dallas Keuchel continues to find his way into the narrative of the Chicago White Sox season. This time it was compliments of his mom, Teresa Keuchel, via some comments in a White Sox Facebook group. The implication was that the White Sox organization was the reason for Dallas’s poor performance over the last two years.
The White Sox signed Dallas Keuchel in free agency prior to the 2020 season. It was a win-now move for the organization to acquire a veteran left-hander to bolster the pitching rotation of a team ready to contend. Keuchel pitched well in the 2020 COVID-shortened season.
However, things fell apart for Keuchel in 2021, as he simply wasn’t the same pitcher anymore. He pitched to an ERA over five and followed that up with a 7.88 ERA this year in eight starts. This led to the White Sox designating him for assignment in late May. He didn’t fare any better with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he posted an ERA over nine in four starts. He was also DFA’d by them.
I would be remiss to not mention that Keuchel's mom may have a point about the White Sox organization’s ineptitude. They have routinely failed in areas such as pro scouting, player development, and in the win column. The 2022 version of the White Sox has been atrocious defensively, which doesn’t inspire much confidence for a pitcher.
However, that hasn’t been a problem for Johnny Cueto or Dylan Cease this year. I also recall Mr. Keuchel allowing 10 runs to cross the plate in the first inning of an 11-1 loss in Cleveland on April 20. His fielding independent pitching on the year easily refutes any blame on the White Sox defense. It checks in at 6.18.
Opponents slugged .525 against the southpaw during his time on the South Side. He allowed six home runs and walked 20 in 32 innings. Keuchel was a shell of his former Cy Young self. He’s over the hill and on the downside of a once good career.
It certainly isn’t odd that a mother would stick up for her son. Let’s keep in mind that she is posting in a White Sox Facebook group when he hasn’t pitched for the team in nearly three months. The comments rubbed some salt in the wound following a brutal Sox loss at the hands of former pitcher Dane Dunning.
But it’s obvious to anyone that watches the Chicago White Sox or does a quick lookup of Keuchel’s numbers that his failure is entirely his own. The White Sox organization is not to blame... for once.