ALTOONA, Pa. - Remove a span of five batters two weeks ago in Harrisburg, where he allowed five straight hits for five runs, Mitch Keller would be sitting at a 2.59 ERA in 66 innings this season. Of course, you can't take back that inning, but Keller is still looking at a very solid 3.27 ERA after posting six shutout innings last Wednesday night in Altoona.

After watching him dominate in the Eastern League playoffs last year for the Curve, you could have thought he would never allow a run ever again. The expectations for the righty have been astronomical, almost to the point where, if he allows a couple of runs, it seems like it was a bad start. On the contrary, Keller is right where he needs to be according to those within the organization.

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