Valdez (6-2) took the win over Texas on Saturday, pitching six scoreless and hitless innings while walking six and striking out four.
The southpaw dominated when he was able to get the ball over the plate, as Texas batters did not manage to notch a single hit against him. However, Valdez issued six walks and hurled 99 pitches through six frames, so he was unable to stick around long enough to go after a no-hitter. Still, it was an impressive bounceback performance for Valdez, who entered the game having given up 11 earned runs over his previous 15.1 innings. He's tentatively expected to make his next start at San Francisco on Friday.
Valdez (5-2) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over 6.1 innings to take the loss to the White Sox on Sunday.
Valdez had the unenviable task of dueling with Carlos Rodon, who one-hit the Astros over seven sterling innings. For Valdez, it was an encouraging outing after the left-hander walked 13 batters over the final 16 innings of the first half. That run made him examine his mechanics during the All-Star break, and he concluded that he was rushing his delivery in an effort to be perfect on each pitch, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Valdez threw 64 of his 97 pitches for strikes and induced a lot of weak contact, but Rodon was not going to be beat Sunday. Valdez lines up to pitch next Saturday at home against the Rangers.
Valdez allowed three runs (two earned) on six walks and six hits over four innings in Sunday's win over the Yankees. He struck out five and did not factor in the decision.
The Astros walked 14 Yankees on Sunday, including Valdez setting a new season high with six. He coughed up a solo homer to Tim Locastro in the fourth inning and gave up a run in the fifth after allowing the first three batters to reach base without recording an out. After a strong start to his season, the 27-year-old lefty has given up 14 earned runs with a 28:15 K:BB over his last five outings, raising his season ERA to 2.98. Valdez maintained his 5-1 record despite the shaky performance.
Valdez allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and two walks while striking out six over five innings but walked away with a no-decision against the Athletics on Tuesday.
The A's ambushed Valdez for three runs in each of the first two innings. No other team has been able to hit Valdez that way, as he entered the game with a 2.18 ERA, a run of six straight quality starts and not having allowed more than three runs in a game. Thankfully, Houston's offense showed up and prevented his second loss of the season. The left-hander looks to return to his previous form in his next start, which lines up to be Sunday against the Yankees.
Valdez (5-1) allowed two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out six over seven innings to pick up the win over Cleveland on Thursday.
Valdez walked a season-high five batters and was tested early in the contest before settling in and saving Houston's bullpen. The second inning was most pivotal, as Valdez walked three batters, gave up a single and allowed a runner to score on a wild pitch. With the bases loaded and one out, he bore down and got the final two batters. Back-to-back doubles with one out in the third increased Cleveland's lead to 2-0, but Valdez then faced the minimum number of batters and got through seven innings without further damage. The left-hander takes a string of five consecutive quality starts and a 2.18 ERA into his next start, projected for Wednesday at home against the Athletics.
Valdez (4-1) allowed three runs on six hits and struck out six over six innings and was tagged with the loss to the Tigers in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Valdez continued to impress, throwing a fifth straight quality start, but he got little support from Houston's lineup. The Astros entered the game on an offensive roll but managed just six singles off Detroit right-hander Casey Mize. The left-hander, who threw 86 pitches, could have pitched into the seventh inning for a fifth straight start, but MLB's decision to play seven-inning doubleheaders precluded that. Valdez's next turn through the rotation is due Thursday, July 1.
Valdez's scheduled Friday start against the Tigers has been postponed due to rain, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader Saturday, and per Rome, Valdez and Lance McCullers will start the two ends of the twin bill. Valdez will enter that outing with a four-start win streak and a tidy 1.67 ERA.
Valdez (4-0) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out five across seven innings, earning the win against the White Sox on Saturday.
Valdez gave up just two extra-base hits Saturday that led to both of his earned runs scoring. One was a third-inning double by Yoan Moncada and the other was a solo home run in the seventh inning by Andrew Vaughn. The 27-year-old has been stellar in the month of June since missing the first two months of the season with a fractured finger. He hasn't lost in five starts and carries a 1.67 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP in 32.1 innings.
Valdez (3-0) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks over seven innings Sunday, striking out three and earning a win over the Twins.
Valdez kept Minnesota's bats quiet for most of the contest with the exception of Ryan Jeffers' solo homer in the fifth. The 27-year-old lefty has given up exactly one earned run in each of his four starts this season, going 3-0 with a 24:7 K:BB and a 1.42 ERA. He'll look to keep the winning streak alive against the White Sox at home next weekend.
Valdez (2-0) picked up the win Tuesday after holding the Red Sox to one run on five hits and no walks while striking out eight across 7.1 innings.
Making his third start since coming off the injured list with a broken left finger, Valdez yielded one run to the Red Sox for the second straight time during his longest outing of the season thus far. The only damage of the night for the 27-year-old came from an RBI groundout off the bat of Hunter Renfroe. Valdez was otherwise brilliant while gaining ample run support from his offense. After a breakout 2020 campaign, the southpaw posted a 1.88 ERA and 26:10 K:BB over 24 playoff innings and is poised for another solid season. He's slated to get his next chance on the mound Sunday at Minnesota.
Valdez (1-0) allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out 10 across seven innings, earning the win over the Red Sox on Wednesday,
Valdez struggled in the first inning, allowing two singles and walking in a run. However, he settled in delivering six scoreless innings on just three singles. This was a great start for the 27-year-old, who has pitched just 11 innings this season after missing extended time with a fractured finger. He has 14 strikeouts and a 1.64 ERA through two starts. He'll get another go at Boston's lineup Tuesday.
Valdez allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out four over four innings in a no-decision against San Diego on Friday.
Valdez made his season debut after suffering a fractured finger during spring training. He executed all of his pitches, relying heavily on his sinker and curveball while throwing 72 pitches (40 strikes). That was right at his pitch limit for the night, per Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. It's natural the Astros wouldn't want to push him immediately, and the left-hander is expected to get deeper into games as he builds arm strength. His next opportunity is scheduled for Wednesday at home against Boston.
Valdez (finger) was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Friday's start against the Padres, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Valdez will make his season debut against San Diego after he suffered a fractured ring finger in spring training. He'll take the rotation spot of Lance McCullers (shoulder), who was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.
The Astros plan to activate Valdez (finger) from the 10-day injured list and have him start Friday's game against the Padres, Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Houston will get two starters back from the IL this weekend, as Jake Odorizzi (forearm) will be reinstated ahead of Saturday's game. Valdez, meanwhile, will take the rotation spot that belonged to Lance McCullers, who was placed on the IL on Wednesday with a sore shoulder that manager Dusty Baker believes is a short-term concern. The Astros will have some tough decisions to make with their rotation once McCullers is back in the fold, but Valdez should be in good shape to hold down a permanent spot after he delivered a 3.57 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 70.2 innings in 2020. The 27-year-old looked like he would be at risk of missing most of 2021 when he fractured the ring finger on his throwing hand in spring training, but he progressed more rapidly in his recovery than expected and was able to build up for starting duty in just under three months. Valdez covered four innings and tossed 54 pitches in his final rehab start for Triple-A Sugar Land on Sunday, so he could be capped at around 75 pitches in his season debut for Houston.
Valdez (finger) allowed two hits and two walks while striking out two over four scoreless innings for Triple-A Sugar Land on Sunday.
Valdez, who made his second rehab start, didn't have the control that he had during his first rehab outing, throwing 29 of 54 pitches for strikes. Last Monday, he delivered 38 strikes among his 47 offerings. The left-hander is targeted for a return sometime during June, Steve Schaeffer of the Houston Chronicle reports. Valdez will have his pitch count built up before then, meaning at least one more rehab start.
Valdez (finger) had his rehab start Saturday at Triple-A Sugar Land rained out.
This was to be Valdez's second rehab start, and he was scheduled to throw about 65 pitches. Jake Odorizzi (forearm) had been scheduled to follow Valdez in Sugar Land's rotation -- making his second rehab start Sunday -- but the Skeeters have not announced rotation plans in light of the rainout. Both pitchers will get their starts in whether that be Sunday or as part of a doubleheader Monday.
Valdez (finger) will make another rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Sugar Land, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Valdez continues his quicker-than-expected rehab from a fractured finger on his pitching hand. The lefty will likely still require multiple additional rehab starts to build up for starting MLB games, but the lack of setbacks has been a promising sign for Valdez and his return, which figures to come in early June.
Valdez (finger) will throw three innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Valdez's fractured left ring finger was at one point worried to be a season-ending injury, but it looks as though he's on track to miss significantly less than half of the campaign. A three-inning appearance Friday would likely leave him two or three rehab starts away from returning to the active roster, placing his probable return sometime in early June.
Valdez (finger) will throw a bullpen session Friday and head out on a minor-league rehab assignment thereafter, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Valdez is making rapid progress in his recovery from a fractured left ring finger, an injury the Astros initially feared would sideline him for the majority of the season. He's now nearing the final phase of his rehab program, but Valdez will presumably need at least two or three rehab starts to build up to a starter's workload, so his return to the Astros could still be close to a month away. Whenever he makes his return, Valdez will give a significant lift to the Houston rotation, coming off a season in which he compiled a 3.57 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 76:16 K:BB in 70.2 innings.
Valdez (finger) could throw a bullpen session in Houston this week, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that Valdez could return from the injured list in June. The left-hander threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Friday and could do so once again at Minute Maid Park before beginning a rehab assignment in the near future. Valdez recorded a 3.57 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 70.2 innings across 11 appearances (10 starts) for Houston in 2020.
|Last 7 Games|
|07/24||vs TEX||W 4-1||1||6.0||0||0||6||4|
|07/18||@ CHW||L 0-4||1||6.1||7||4||2||4|
|07/11||vs NYY||W 8-7||4.0||6||2||6||5|
|07/06||vs OAK||W 9-6||5.0||10||5||2||6|
|07/01||@ CLE||W 7-2||1||7.0||4||2||5||6|
|06/26||@ DET||L 1-3||1||6.0||6||3||0||6|
|06/19||vs CHW||W 7-3||1||7.0||6||2||2||5|
|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|