Solomon: Remember Dallas Keuchel as ace of Astros’ winning era

Remember when Dallas Keuchel’s trademark beard was more Ryan Gosling wannabe model than Grizzly Adams wannabe mountain man?

Those were the days. The bad ol’ days for the Astros.

Eventually, Keuchel helped carry the team across the chumps-to-champions bridge with a seven-year run (2012-18) as a team leader and fan favorite.

Now, his Major League Baseball career might be over.

In his last two starts, Keuchel lasted a total of six inning and allowed 12 runs. He had a horrendous outing against the Red Sox on Friday, getting pounded for seven hits and six runs in just two innings.

For the season, the lefthander has surrendered 33 runs in 32 innings for an ERA of 7.88, more than double his career ERA of 3.86.

On Saturday, the Chicago White Sox designated Keuchel for assignment, which ends his tenure with the club and could very well signal the end.

If Keuchel has indeed taken the mound in the major leagues for the last time, his was a heck of a career.

Keuchel will not be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and his number will never be retired by the Astros, but No. 60 left his mark in Astros history.

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