Valdez allowed one earned run on three hits and three walks while striking out nine across six innings to earn the win in Game 6 of the ALCS.
Valdez held the Rays in check to force Game 7. The only run he surrendered came in the second inning after he allowed a single and double in the span of three batters. Besides that frame, Valdez allowed only one other hit while racking up 17 called strikes and 17 swinging strikes on 101 total pitches. The performance continued Valdez's strong results in the playoffs, as he's maintained a 1.88 ERA and 26:10 K:BB across 24 innings. If the Astros were to advance to the World Series, Valdez could be in line to start Game 2 on Wednesday.
Valdez took the loss to the Rays on Sunday in Game 1 of the ALCS. He allowed two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out eight over six innings.
An improved walk rate was a big part of Valdez's success during the regular season, but he did not have his usual control Sunday. He issued a season-high four walks and paid the price as the winning run got on base via a free pass. The lefty still has a 2.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 18 innings this postseason. Valdez should start Friday if a Game 6 is necessary.
Valdez earned the win in Game 2 of the NLDS against the A's on Tuesday after allowing two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk over seven innings.
The left-hander surrendered solo homers to Khris Davis and Chad Pinder, but he otherwise held Oakland in check. Valdez has been impressive in two playoff outings, giving up two runs on seven hits with a 9:3 K:BB across 12 innings. Valdez figures to take the mound early in the ALCS if the Astros are able to complete the series win over the A's.
Valdez was credited with the win in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series between the Astros and Twins. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out five over five scoreless innings in relief of Zack Greinke.
Valdez had a breakout regular season and ended up being the story of the wild-card opener. Per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, Valdez became the first relief pitcher to throw five scoreless innings in a playoff game since Madison Bumgarner in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. This takes the lefty out of the mix to start during the first round, but should the Astros advance, Valdez will likely start Game 1 or 2 of the best-of-five AL Division Series.
Valdez (5-3) earned the win Tuesday, allowing a run on five hits and striking out eight in seven innings versus the Mariners.
Valdez gave up an RBI double to Kyle Seager in the first inning before settling in to keep the Mariners' bats quiet. After allowing 16 runs in three starts to begin September, he's given up just one run in each of his last two outings. Valdez has a 3.57 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 70.2 innings this season. He's projected for one more regular-season start Sunday against the Rangers.
Valdez (4-3) allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out 11 across 6.1 innings to earn the win Thursday against the Rangers.
Valdez bounced back from a couple shaky outings to dominate the Rangers. He racked up 21 called strikes and 15 swinging strikes across 100 total pitches, matching his season best with 11 punchouts. After allowing three home runs across his past two starts, Valdez limited the Rangers to only one extra-base hit and no long balls. For the season, Valdez now has a 3.82 ERA with a 68:15 K:BB across 63.2 frames. He currently lines up to take his next turn through the rotation Tuesday at Seattle.
Valdez did not factor in the decision against the Dodgers on Saturday, pitching five innings and allowing five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven.
Valdez gave up only five hits in his five innings, but two of those left the yard and another went for a triple. It was the first time this season the 26-year-old has given up multiple homers in a game -- he entered the contest having yielded only three long balls over 52.1 innings. On a more positive note, Valdez struck out seven after tying a season low with only two whiffs in his previous start. The southpaw has pitched at least five innings in each of his last eight contests and now holds a 4.08 ERA on the season.
Valdez (3-3) gave up a career-high eight runs and 11 hits Sunday to take the loss against the Angels.
Valdez battled for seven-plus innings and 108 pitches on a 106-degree day in Oakland. The Astros needed him to save the bullpen, but it was a large ask of the left-hander, who crossed the century mark in pitches thrown for the third time this season. He's been a workhorse for the Astros, tossing seven or more innings in five of his last six starts. Valdez is next scheduled to pitch on an extra day of rest, Saturday on the road against the Dodgers.
Valdez tossed seven innings against Texas on Tuesday, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eight. He did not factor in the decision.
Valdez broke a four-outing string of quality starts in his previous appearance, but he started a new streak with a solid performance Tuesday. The southpaw induced 15 swinging strikes and whiffed eight batters, pushing his season strikeout total to 48 -- good for 15th in the majors. Valdez has also given up only two home runs on the campaign while posting a 2.58 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 45.1 innings. He'll face the Angels in Los Angeles on Sunday in his next scheduled start.
Valdez won't start as scheduled Sunday as the game was postponed after the Athletics reported a positive test for COVID-19.
Assuming nothing comes up across teams as the A's complete contact tracing, the Astros will be fine to begin their next series Tuesday versus the Rangers, with Valdez likely to take the mound. The 26-year-old has a 2.35 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 40:9 K:BB through six outings this season.
Valdez (3-2) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts in seven innings in a win over the Angels on Monday.
Valdez wasn't at his best Monday -- the four runs allowed marked a season high -- but the Astros gave him plenty of run support to earn the win. The 26-year-old southpaw has a 2.35 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 40 strikeouts through 38.1 innings this season. Valdez is expected to make his next start this weekend at home versus the Athletics.
Valdez (2-2) was charged with three runs (one earned) on seven hits over 7.2 innings in a win over the Rockies on Wednesday. He struck out five and issued one walk.
This start in Colorado was Valdez's toughest test yet this season and he passed with flying colors. In fact, he became just the sixth Astros pitcher ever to throw at least seven innings at Coors Field and allow one earned run or fewer, per Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. The 26-year-old lefty is displaying much better control and command than he did a year ago and looks to have real breakout potential. Valdez draws the Angels and A's at home next week.
Valdez (1-2) gave up a run on four hits and three walks while striking out five in six innings to earn the win Friday versus the Mariners.
The Astros gave Valdez nine runs of support in the first inning alone, covering up the lone run he allowed on a Kyle Seager sacrifice fly. Valdez has yet to allow more than three runs in any of his four appearances this year. He's at a 1.90 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 24 strikeouts in 23.2 innings. The 26-year-old will have a tough test in his next start, which is expected to be Wednesday in Colorado.
Valdez (0-2) took the loss Saturday in Oakland after giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits across seven innings. He had nine strikeouts and one walk.
The left-hander surrendered a leadoff homer to Marcus Semien on his sixth pitch of the game, but it would be the only earned run he allowed all afternoon. Valdez allowed three runs over 4.1 innings during his season debut, but over his past two starts he's given up only three runs (one earned) with 17 strikeouts across 13.1 innings. The 26-year-old next lines up to pitch Friday against the Mariners.
Valdez allowed one unearned run on five hits and one walk while striking out eight over 6.1 relief innings in Sunday's 6-5 extra-innings win over the Angels.
Valdez was needed early following Josh James' disastrous three-inning start. Houston's No. 5 starter saved a decimated Astros' bullpen with his quality innings and gave the offense space to come back and win it in extras. Valdez has had his share of shaky starts, so this was a change of pace for the left-hander. Valdez had been scheduled to start Tuesday, but Sunday's relief effort pushed his next start to the weekend against the Athletics.
Valdez (0-1) took the loss Tuesday, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk over 4.1 innings as the Astros fell 5-2 to the Dodgers. He struck out two.
The southpaw took a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning before fading, as the first three Dodgers to the plate in the frame all collected hits en route to Los Angeles batting around. Valdez finished his night having tossed 59 pitches (32 strikes), but his success the first time through the order at least offers some optimism that he can deliver a better result next time out. At the very least, Valdez's rotation spot should be secure given how many other arms the Astros currently have on the shelf.
Valdez is scheduled to start Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The 26-year-old and Brandon Bielak were competing for the final rotation spot during summer camp, but Valdez was able to secure the job. Valdez had a 5.86 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 70.2 innings at the major-league level last season, and he may not have a long leash if he struggles again during the shortened season. Jose Urquidy (undisclosed) and Austin Pruitt (elbow) aren't available to start the season but figure to be options for the rotation eventually, and Bielak could also remain a factor.
Valdez and Brandon Bielak are competing for the last spot in the Astros' rotation, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.
With Jose Urquidy (undisclosed) not in camp, there's room in the rotation for either Valdez or Bielak. The duo squared off in Saturday's intrasquad game, the final chance either had to submit evidence in the quest to be the No. 5 starter. Valdez allowed a three-run, first-inning home run to Michael Brantley but lasted five innings. He walked one and struck out six in a 74-pitch outing. "He still has some things to learn, but he's a whole lot better than I heard he was in the past, as far as his concentration, as far as his tempo in the game," said manager Dusty Baker, referring to Valdez's penchant for a lack of focus and letting innings get away from him. Baker also noted he'd be speaking with Valdez about missing "three or four signs" during the outing.
Valdez is in position to be part of the rotation when the season begins, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Valdez moves up the depth chart and is in position for a rotation slot after a few recent developments. The Astros placed presumptive No. 4 starter Jose Urquidy on the 10-day injured list for undisclosed reasons. Additionally, presumptive No. 5 starter Josh James arrived late to camp because he was home for the birth of his daughter. James is expected to be in the rotation when the season starts, per Houston pitching coach Brent Strom, but there is uncertainty at the back end. With Austin Pruitt (elbow) popping up with an injury Tuesday, Valdez is the most likely candidate to start games if a replacement is needed. "His stuff is electric, his bullpens have been great," said Strom. Valdez appeared in 26 games (eight starts) for the Astros in 2019 and posted a 5.86 ERA. Control has been the left-hander's bane; he walked 44 over 70.2 innings in 2019 and 24 over 37 innings the previous year.
Valdez allowed four runs on four hits and one walk while striking out two over 3.2 innings in Tuesday's split-squad game against the Mets.
Valdez made his third spring start, and this was the first blemish. He was already in competition for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, and now the Astros are looking for a temporary fill-in for ace Justin Verlander (lat). Others in the mix for those two spots are Josh James, Austin Pruitt and Bryan Abreu.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/11||@ TB||L 1-2||1||6.0||4||2||4||8|
|10/06||@ OAK||W 5-2||1||7.0||5||2||1||4|
|09/29||@ MIN||W 4-1||1||5.0||2||0||2||5|
|09/22||@ SEA||W 6-1||1||7.0||5||1||0||8|
|09/17||vs TEX||W 2-1||1||6.1||4||1||1||11|
|09/12||@ LAD||W 7-5||5.0||5||5||1||7|
|09/06||@ LAA||L 5-9||1||7.0||11||8||2||2|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||R-Dsl Astros Blue||36.2||16||0||0||4||1||3||36||17||36||3.73||1.464|
|2016||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||35.1||6||6||1||1||3||0||35||11||31||3.08||1.197|
|2017||AFA-Buies Creek Astros||61.1||13||9||0||2||3||1||73||29||41||2.80||1.146|
|2017||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||49.0||12||9||0||5||5||0||53||23||60||5.88||1.694|
|2018||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||94.1||20||13||0||4||5||1||120||29||92||4.11||1.286|
|2019||AAA-Round Rock Express||44.1||10||7||0||5||2||1||69||17||29||3.27||1.043|