Valdez extended his scoreless streak to 8.2 innings Monday.
The 36-year-old has allowed six hits and four walks in that span, but he has successfully worked out of trouble lately. Valdez's good run of pitching came on the heels of a skid in which he allowed nine runs in five innings. He's seen mostly low-leverage work lately, and his season ratios sit at a 5.30 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 37:12 K:BB through 37.1 innings overall.
Valdez allowed three hits and struck out two over three innings in Friday's 9-2 loss to Kansas City.
Valdez was utilized in a long-relief capacity after starter Keegan Akin struggled through three innings. This was Valdez's first scoreless outing since June 9, although he missed time with a lower-back strain during that span. It's unclear what kind of role the right-hander will have going forward -- he's logged eight saves this season but none since May 10. He's posted a 6.25 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 33:8 K:BB across 31.2 innings overall.
Valdez (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday.
Valdez landed on the shelf with a lower-back strain June 21 and will rejoin the Orioles without requiring a rehab assignment. The veteran righty is 8-for-12 in save chances with a 5.74 ERA and 1.65 WHIP this season. He could remain in the mix for high-leverage spots, but Paul Fry and Cole Sulser could be first up for saves since they have pitched better overall.
Valdez (back) could be reinstated from the 10-day injured list as early as Sunday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Valdez has been dealing with a lower-back strain recently, but he's apparently feeling better and could rejoin the Orioles in the coming days. If the right-hander isn't activated ahead of Sunday's series finale against the Angels, he could return to action early next week when the Orioles return home to face the Blue Jays. Valdez had posted an 11.17 ERA and 2.17 WHIP in 9.2 innings across his last 10 relief appearances prior to his injury.
Valdez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain Monday.
Valdez gave up two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out one in one inning during Sunday's loss to the Orioles, and it's possible that his injury contributed to his struggles. Whether he's forced to spend more than the minimum of 10 days on the injured list remains to be seen, but right-hander Travis Lakins was recalled in a corresponding move.
Valdez has not posted a save or hold in his last 10 outings.
Valdez opened the year as Baltimore's closer, but those duties have more recently gone to Paul Fry. Instead, Valdez has seen lower-leverage work. The change in role hasn't gone very well -- since his last save May 10, the right-hander has an 11.00 ERA, 2.44 WHIP and 9:2 K:BB in nine innings. He pitched a scoreless inning in Wednesday's 14-1 loss to the Mets, but without any promise of save chances, he carries little fantasy appeal.
Valdez allowed three runs on three hits in one-third of an inning in Monday's 8-3 loss to Minnesota. He was charged with a blown save.
The 36-year-old avoided the loss Monday, but he allowed two inherited runners to score and put another three batters on base. Tyler Wells then proceeded to allow one of Valdez's runners to score as Baltimore's bullpen wasted a good start from John Means. In May, Valdez has yielded seven runs in 5.2 innings across seven appearances. The right-hander is 8-for-12 in save chances with a 3.93 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 21:4 K:BB across 18.1 innings overall. With rumors of a potential move away from closing duties, Valdez hasn't done much lately to show he should stay in a ninth-inning role.
Valdez is being considered for set-up work, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
This is not a performance-based shift for Valdez, who has gone 8-for-11 in save chances with a 2.65 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 21:4 K:BB. Instead, it comes down to Baltimore's lack of effective right-handed relievers. Nothing official has been announced for Valdez in regard to his role, but it wouldn't be surprising to see some ninth-inning duties given to southpaw Paul Fry in the near future. Hunter Harvey (oblique) could also become a factor in the closer conversation when he returns.
Valdez (2-1) was charged with the loss and a blown save Tuesday against the Mets after allowing two runs on three hits while recording one strikeout.
With the Orioles clinging to a one-run lead in the ninth, Valdez nearly allowed a leadoff home run to Kevin Pillar that was overturned as a foul ball. Pillar ended up hitting a single, and he came around to score on a single by Dominic Smith, tying the game and charging Valdez with a blown save. The struggles continued for the 36-year-old when Patrick Mazeika stepped up to the plate and brought in the winning run on a walkoff fielder's choice, handing Valdez and the Orioles a tough loss. It was the third blown save in 11 tries for Valdez, who had converted three saves in a row leading up to Tuesday's loss. On the season, the right-hander has compiled a 2.40 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.
Valdez secured the save after striking out two over a scoreless inning Monday against Boston.
Valdez retired the side in order in the ninth, fanning two and inducing a lineout to center field. The closer has surrendered just two runs in 13 appearances so far this season and has successfully converted eight of 10 save chances. He also owns a strong 17:3 K:BB across 14.2 innings of work.
Valdez pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to earn a save in Monday's 5-3 win over Seattle.
Valdez threw 10 pitches (nine strikes) to retire the side for his seventh save of the season. The 36-year-old right-hander has been solid this year with a 1.32 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 15:3 K:BB across 13.2 innings. He's now 7-for-9 in save chances, and he's also earned two wins in 12 outings.
Valdez allowed two hits in the ninth inning to record the three-out save in the win over the Athletics on Friday.
Valdez bounced back to record his sixth save Friday after blowing the save Thursday against the Yankees. He is 6-for-8 in save opportunities and has a pair of wins. The 36-year-old remains the best arm in the Orioles bullpen with a 1.42 ERA in 12.2 innings.
Valdez allowed one earned run on one hit and two walks while striking out two across one inning to blow the save Thursday against the Yankees.
Valdez entered the game with a one-run lead, but he walked two of the first three batters he faced before surrendering an RBI double. It was Valdez's second blown save of the season, though he's still gone 5-for-7 in save chances this season. This performance isn't likely to affect the closer role in Baltimore, though Tanner Scott could eventually earn saves if Valdez continues to stumble.
Valdez gave up one hit and struck out one over 1.1 scoreless innings to record his fifth save of the season in Monday's 4-2 win over the Yankees.
The 36-year-old changeup specialist continues to thrive as the O's closer. Valdez is 5-for-6 in save chances with a 0.84 ERA and 11:1 K:BB through 10.1 innings, and as long as he remains effective, manager Brandon Hyde has little reason to look to anyone else in the ninth inning.
Valdez earned a four-out save Tuesday that included three strikeouts.
With two outs and one on in the eighth, Valdez was called upon to replace Jace Fry and finish off the inning. He did so with ease, sending Jesus Aguilar down on strikes. The 36-year-old reentered in the ninth frame and continued his success, retiring all three batters he faced. It was the fourth save of the season for Valdez, who holds a 2-0 record to go with a shiny 0.96 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.
Valdez gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to record his third save of the season in a 5-2 win over the Rangers.
The journeyman continues to get the job done as closer for the O's. Valdez has two wins through six appearances in addition to his saves, and his 1.23 ERA and 1.09 WHIP are backed up by a 7:1 K:BB through 7.1 innings. At some point the league might figure out his baffling changeup, but until that happens Valdez will handle a high-leverage role.
Valdez (2-0) recorded the win in a 7-6 victory during the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mariners, giving up one hit and striking out one in a scoreless seventh inning.
The changeup specialist entered the game after the M's had tied things up off Adam Plutko in the top half of the seventh, and Valdez was rewarded for his efforts when the O's walked it off on a Ramon Urias single. Valdez has a 1.42 ERA and 6:1 K:BB through 6.1 innings to begin the season with two saves in addition to his two wins, and for the moment he's manager Brandon Hyde's most trusted high-leverage arm.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|08/04||@ NYY||L 3-10||1.0||2||1||0||0|
|08/02||@ NYY||W 7-1||0.2||1||0||1||0|
|07/28||vs MIA||W 8-7||2.0||1||0||1||2|
|07/25||vs WAS||W 5-4||1.0||1||0||2||1|
|07/20||@ TB||L 3-9||2.0||0||0||0||1|
|07/16||@ KC||L 2-9||3.0||3||0||0||2|
|07/09||vs CHW||L 1-12||1.0||3||3||1||1|
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|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|