Jul 12, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (center) hands the ball to manager Torey Lovullo (right) during a pitching change in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

Any hopes that a quality start in his last outing might have sparked a resurgence for former Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel were dashed on Tuesday.

Keuchel took the ball for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the San Francisco Giants and was sent to an early shower. He lasted 2 1/3 innings, allowed seven earned runs (eight total), surrendered eight hits, walked one, and struck out four. He did pitch into some bad luck when right fielder Jake McCarthy misplayed a potential inning-ending flyout. While not ruled an error, McCarthy’s miscue allowed two runs to score and a third scored on the play following a throwing error from Sergio Alcantara.

But even that misplay came on a well-hit ball, which was a theme of Keuchel’s outing. Five of the eight hits that Keuchel allowed were extra-base hits and three were home runs.

Baseball fans took notice of the poor outing from 2015 American League’s Cy Young Award winner.

The 2022 season has been a miserable one for Keuchel. In eight starts for the Chicago White Sox, he had a 7.88 ERA and 2.16 WHIP, which led to him getting designated for assignment. Things have only been worse for Keuchel since signing with the Diamondbacks. In four starts with Arizona, he has a 9.64 ERA and 1.82 WHIP. Between the White Sox and Diamondbacks, Keuchel has an 8.53 ERA and 2.03 WHIP.

In terms of what he’s throwing, Keuchel bears no resemblance to the guy who was one of baseball’s best pitchers in the latter half of the 2010s.

Time will tell if Tuesday will be Keuchel’s last start with Arizona. But if it’s not, it’s hard to imagine the Diamondbacks putting up with too many more similar outings before looking for other options to round out the rotation.

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