Valdez allowed one run on two hits in one inning, taking a blown save in Saturday's extra-inning loss to the Red Sox.
Valdez allowed a pair of one-out singles before Bobby Dalbec hit into a fielder's choice that brought home the game-tying run. That was the first earned run again Valdez this season. He is now 2-for-3 in save chances with a 1.69 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and five strikeouts across 5.1 innings. The 36-year-old right-hander has been solid to start 2021 and should continue to see closing opportunities despite Saturday's misstep.
Valdez (1-0) picked up a win after giving up an unearned run on two hits while striking out three over 2.1 innings Wednesday against the Yankees.
Valdez entered the game with two outs in the eighth after the Yankees tied it up and were threatening to take the lead with Gio Urshela in scoring position. He was able to get the game into extra innings by sending down the Yankees' top four hitters in order and was one out away from closing it out in the 10th before Kyle Higashioka ripped a single to right to tie the game up at three apiece. When the O's scored in the following frame and ultimately closed out the victory, Valdez picked up his first win of the season. The 36-year-old is quite the story, as he was out of affiliated baseball entirely between 2011 and 2015 and again from 2017 to 2019 before the Orioles selected his contract late in the 2020 season. Hunter Harvey is expected to be out for a while after suffering an oblique strain in spring training, which has allowed Valdez to take hold of the closer role. He already has two saves and a win to his name in three appearances this season, locking down games for an Orioles squad that has gotten off to a surprising 4-2 start.
Valdez earned his second save of the season Saturday against the Red Sox, striking out one while allowing a walk and a hit by pitch in a scoreless ninth inning.
The Orioles didn't announce a closer prior to the start of the year, but it sure seems as though Valdez has the job, as he's gotten the save opportunity in the Orioles' first two games, with Tanner Scott pitching in the eighth on both occasions. He didn't make it easy on himself Saturday, allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base, but he got the job done in the end.
Valdez gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning during Friday's win over the Red Sox to pick up his first save of the season.
The right-hander was warming up as early as the seventh inning in case starter John Means ran into trouble, but after Means finished the seventh and Tanner Scott handled the eighth, Valdez got his turn to protect a 3-0 lead in the final frame. O's manager Brandon Hyde will likely vary who gets save chances for Baltimore just as he has the last couple years, but Valdez is firmly part of the team's high-leverage mix.
Valdez is being stretched out and could serve as a multi-inning reliever, but he also remains a possible closing option, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Valdez pitched three innings in his last Grapefruit League appearance, lending some insight into his potential role with the team to begin the season. However, because Hunter Harvey (oblique) will be sidelined until at least May, Valdez could factor into the saves picture for the team as well. He played a valuable role as a reliever for the team in 2020, posting a 1.26 ERA and 0.70 WHIP with a 12:3 K:BB while recording three saves across 14.1 innings.
Valdez will be stretched out during spring training in 2021, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Valdez pitched at least two innings in four of his nine relief appearances in 2020, and there's been some speculation that the right-hander could serve as a starter in 2021. Manager Brandon Hyde said that the team will build up his innings during spring training and evaluate his progress at the end of camp. Valdez converted on all three of his save chances and posted a 1.26 ERA and 0.70 WHIP over 14.1 innings in 2020.
Valdez tossed a perfect ninth inning Sunday and earned his third save in the win over Toronto.
Valdez quickly disposed of Toronto's 9-1-2 hitters with just 13 pitches in a perfect inning of work. It was his third save in as many attempts this season, all coming during the month of September. The 35-year-old finished the 2020 season with a 1.26 ERA across 14.1 innings.
Valdez fired one scoreless inning Sunday as he earned the save against the Rays. He allowed no hits and no walks while striking out zero.
Valdez came on to preserve the Orioles' one-run lead in the ninth inning Sunday, and he picked up his second career save as he held the Rays in check. The right-hander was charged with a loss in his last appearance, but he's been mainly effective this season as he now carries a 1.35 ERA and 0.75 WHIP over 13.1 innings in 2020.
Valdez allowed a hit and a walk and struck out three in two scoreless innings to earn the save in Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader versus the Yankees.
Valdez relieved starter Jorge Lopez in the sixth inning and kept the Yankees at bay over the final two frames. It was the first save of Valdez's career. He has allowed just one unearned run over eight innings across three appearances. He's added nine strikeouts and a 0.86 WHIP this season.
Valdez (1-0) picked up the win Monday against the Blue Jays, allowing one unearned run on two hits across two innings. He struck out one.
Valdez entered the game tied 2-2 in the 10th inning. After tossing a scoreless 10th, Valdez remained in the game after the Orioles took a 4-2 lead in the top of the 11th. A single scored Randal Grichuk, who began the inning on second base, but Lourdes Gurriel was thrown out at the plate on Rowdy Tellez's double to end the game.
Valdez's contract was selected by the Orioles on Thursday.
Valdez signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles in January and was part of the team's 60-man player pool to begin the season. He'll now join the major-league bullpen but likely won't play a prominent role for the team.
Valdez will be a part of the Orioles' 60-man player pool this season.
He joined Baltimore on a minor-league deal during the offseason. Valdez could provide pitching depth in the majors this season, but he is unlikely to provide much fantasy value.
Valdez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Orioles earlier in January, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
The 34-year-old will return to affiliated ball for the first time since 2017 after spending the past two seasons in the Mexican League. Before heading south of the border, Valdez had logged 20 career appearances in the majors between the Diamondbacks, Athletics and Blue Jays, posting a collective 7.34 ERA. The Orioles likely plan to have Valdez serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Norfolk or Double-A Bowie.
Valdez (shoulder) was outrighted off the Blue Jays' 40-man roster Wednesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Valdez -- who hadn't pitched in the majors since 2010 prior to this season -- struggled in his return to the bigs, compiling an unsightly 7.63 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 30.2 innings split between the A's and Blue Jays. His success has never really translated to the major-league level, so there's a good chance he starts out in the minors next season.
Valdez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
This could help explain Valdez's struggles during his most recent start, as he was lit up for six runs in 3.1 innings. There is no estimated return date for him at this point, and it remains unclear whether he will rejoin the starting rotation when he does return given his unsightly 10.32 ERA over his previous three starts. Leonel Campos was recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the roster, though his replacement in the rotation has yet to be named.
Valdez was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a right shoulder impingement, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
After impressing in his initial start with the Blue Jays on July 25, tossing six innings of one-run ball, Valdez failed to get out of the fourth inning in his subsequent two turns, yielding a combined 13 runs (12 earned) over 5.1 frames. The shoulder issue may have factored into Valdez's back-to-back poor outings, but that won't necessarily earn him another look in the rotation once he eventually regains health. In the meantime, the Blue Jays will have to sift through their pool of minor-league starters to find a rotation replacement for Valdez, who was initially on track to pitch Wednesday against the Yankees.
Valdez (1-1) coughed up six runs on six hits and two walks over 3.1 innings in Friday's 16-7 loss to the Astros. He struck out one.
The right-hander was hardly alone in his struggles on the night -- Houston's offense scored at least one run against every Toronto pitcher it faced, and homered off five of the six -- but Valdez has now had two awful starts in a row, leaving him with a 7.63 ERA and putting his spot in the rotation in serious jeopardy. If the team doesn't make a move to replace him, his next trip to the mound would come Wednesday at home against another potent offense in the Yankees.
Valdez is scheduled to start Friday's game against the Astros, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Francisco Liriano was recently traded to Houston, providing an opportunity for Valdez to stick in the Blue Jays' starting rotation for the time being. He was lit up for seven runs (six earned) in two innings during his last outing, so it could be a good chance to stack Houston hitters against him.
Valdez was shelled in Sunday's start against the Angels, as he allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and a walk in two innings of work. He also struck out two. He didn't factor into the decision.
Valdez did pitch in the third inning, although he failed to record an out in six batters and was promptly removed from the contest. The 32-year-old required 51 pitches to complete the two frames, and just 33 of those went for strikes. Amazingly, he didn't take the loss due to a seven-run outburst in the bottom of the ninth by the Blue Jays. Despite that, his ERA now sits at a lofty 6.59 mark on the season, making him fairly unattractive even if he does hold a rotation spot. If Aaron Sanchez (finger) is unable to return from the disabled list, Valdez could remain in the rotation and make his next scheduled start Saturday in Houston.
Valdez (1-0) allowed only one run on five hits and a walk while striking out four over six-plus innings in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the A's.
The 32-year-old pounded the strike zone, throwing 51 of 77 pitches for strikes, and the Jays defense turned two double plays behind him in the first three innings to prevent any kind of Oakland rally. Valdez now has a 1.69 ERA and 13:4 K:BB in 16 innings over five appearances as a Blue Jay, which should be more than enough to earn him a longer stay in the rotation. If he stays on schedule, his next start would come Sunday at home against the Angels.
|Last 7 Games|
|04/10||vs BOS||L 4-6||1.0||2||1||0||0|
|04/07||@ NYY||W 4-3||1||2.1||2||0||0||3|
|04/03||@ BOS||W 4-2||1||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|04/02||@ BOS||W 3-0||1||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2011||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||10.0||8||0||0||0||1||0||13||3||13||8.10||1.600|
|2012||AAA-Vaqueros de la Lagun||135.0||24||23||2||11||8||0||84||18||171||5.27||1.400|
|2013||AAA-Vaqueros de la Lagun||65.2||12||12||1||3||3||0||59||11||89||4.97||1.534|
|2013||AAA-Rieleros de Aguascal||4.2||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||5||8.57||1.667|
|2015||AAA-Olmecas de Tabasco||160.2||23||23||3||11||6||0||161||28||145||2.64||1.080|
|2019||AAA-Leones de Yucatan||147.2||23||23||0||15||2||0||122||17||140||2.26||1.067|