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.
Valdez allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four over 2.2 scoreless innings in Saturday's game against the Mets.
Valdez faced traffic in each frame but escaped unscathed to run his string of scoreless innings to 4.2 while getting his pitch count to 50 (31 strikes). So far, so good in the left-hander's quest to win the No. 5 starter job. His three walks in 4.2 innings hints at the issue that has prevented Valdez from succeeding in the big leagues, but his ability to work around difficulty and slow things down when getting into a jam was an encouraging sign.
Valdez allowed one walk while striking out three over two scoreless innings Sunday against Washington.
Valdez, who is competing for the final rotation spot, submitted an impressive piece of evidence during his first spring start. He needed just 14 pitches to dispatch seven major-league hitters in his two innings. Josh James and Austin Pruitt will also have an opportunity to capture the final rotation spot.
Astros pitching coach Brent Strom said Tuesday that Valdez is one of three legitimate candidates for the No. 5 rotation spot, along with Josh James and Austin Pruitt, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Valdez has been inconsistent -- to put it nicely -- in his stints at the major-league level and was left off the playoff roster, but he will get another chance to prove himself as a starter this spring. Strom noted that Valdez once received high praise from the best player in the game. "I never forget what (Mike) Trout said when he faced Valdez that it was some of the best stuff he'd seen in baseball." The left-handed Valdez has a couple minor-league options remaining.
Valdez will not be on the Astros' playoff roster, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Valdez struggled to a 5.86 ERA in 70.2 innings for the Astros this season. He won't be needed in the playoffs unless injuries strike Houston's bullpen.
Valdez will move to the bullpen as the Astros employ a four-man starting rotation for the final few weeks of the season, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
The 25-year-old allowed 10 runs on 13 hits with a 19:14 K:BB over 15.2 innings in three starts since rejoining the rotation in late August, but Houston will take advantage of scheduled off days and September's expanded roster to cover the instances when a fifth starter is necessary. Valdez has a 5.62 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 64:40 K:BB through 65.2 innings this season.
Valdez allowed three runs on two hits and six walks while striking out six over four innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Friday.
Valdez put the Astros into an early hole by walking four and allowing two runs in the first inning, but his teammates bailed him out immediately with three first-inning runs of their own. Command issues have bedeviled the 25-year-old since he rejoined the rotation. In his last three starts. Valdez has walked 14 in 15.2 innings. He is projected to make his next start Wednesday at home against Oakland.
Valdez (4-7) allowed six runs on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts across 5.2 innings while taking a loss against the Blue Jays on Saturday.
The 25-year-old again displayed shaky control but even worse, he gave up a pair of home runs and a season-high nine hits. Valdez avoided giving up more than a run in his last outing despite five walks, but it's possible he won't receive another MLB start right away after this latest struggle. Valdez owns a 5.55 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 58 strikeouts in 61.2 innings across 22 appearances, including seven starts, this season.
Valdez is scheduled to make another start Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Valdez was called up from Triple-A Round Rock last week as a replacement in the rotation for the injured Aaron Sanchez (pectoral) and pitched well enough in his start against the Angels to earn a second turn. While he earned a win after allowing only one run over six innings, Valdez showed shaky control, walking five batters and plunking another two. Getting support from one of baseball's top offenses will help Valdez's cause moving forward, but he'll need to scale back the free passes to find consistent success in the majors and avoid doing damage to his fantasy managers' ratios.
Valdez (4-6) gave up one run on two hits and five walks while striking out eight through six innings to earn the win against the Angels on Sunday.
Valdez danced around five walks and two hit batsmen to escape with a win. Valdez has a 5.14 ERA and a 53:31 K:BB through 56 innings this season. The 25-year-old was called up before this start, so he will have to perform if he is going to have a long-term spot in the rotation.
The Astros recalled Valdez from Triple-A Round Rock ahead of his scheduled start Sunday against the Angels, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Valdez was summoned from the minors to claim the rotation spot vacated by Aaron Sanchez (pectoral), who was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday. The 25-year-old lefty was beat up to the tune of a 5.58 ERA and 1.58 WHIP across 20 outings (five starts) with Houston earlier this season, but he looked dominant over his last four turns through the Triple-A rotation, compiling a 3.33 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 40:7 K:BB in 27 innings. Valdez likely won't have much leash in a starting role if he fails to find success Sunday, as Round Rock pitcher Jose Urquidy has similarly performed well of late and could get another look in the rotation when he likely joins Houston as a September callup.
Valdez will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to start Sunday's game against the Angels, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Valdez was previously a candidate to start Saturday's contest, but he'll instead take the mound in the series finale. The 25-year-old has a 5.58 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 45:26 K:BB over 50 major-league innings this season.
Valdez could be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to start Saturday's game against the Athletics, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Valdez is in the mix for a spot start over the weekend, though the team has yet to officially announce who will take the mound Saturday. The southpaw's last major-league outing came in mid-July, surrendering seven runs (four runs) on six hits and four walks while fanning four over four innings against the Angels.
Valdez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Valdez got knocked around Monday night as Houston's bulk reliever, surrendering seven runs while striking out four over four innings of work. Rogelio Armenteros will take his place on the 25-man roster.
Valdez (3-6) took the loss working as the primary pitcher against the Angels on Monday, giving up seven earned runs on six hits over four innings, striking out four and walking four in the Astros' 9-6 defeat.
Valdez continues to struggle, as he entered the game behind opener Josh James and was shelled for seven earned runs in his four innings, marking his fourth straight appearance where he's given up at least four earned. Pretty much nothing went right for him in this contest, as the Angels tagged him for six hits while also drawing four free passes and forcing him to throw 85 pitches. The 25-year-old now carries a 5.58 ERA, a 1.58 WHIP and a 45:26 K:BB in 50 big-league innings this season, so he might not be long for Houston's rotation.
Valdez will serve as the primary pitcher Monday against the Angels, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Valdez is set to piggyback off of Josh James, who will toss the first inning or so of Monday's series opener. Valdez owns a 5.28 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with a 41:22 K:BB across 46 innings this season in the big leagues.
Valdez is scheduled to serve as either a traditional starter or as the primary pitcher behind an opener during Monday's game against the Angels, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Heading into the weekend, Houston likely planned on having Valdez make his next start Tuesday, but he'll instead be moved up to take the hill on three days' rest after Brad Peacock (shoulder) suffered a setback that will prevent him from returning from the injured list for the series opener. Valdez started the Astros' first game of the second half Thursday against the Rangers but failed to escape the first inning while serving up four runs on four hits and three walks. On the bright side, Valdez only tossed 28 pitches before getting pulled, so he shouldn't face as significant restrictions with his workload as he otherwise might while pitching on three days' rest.
The Astros may use an opener ahead of Valdez's appearance Tuesday in Anaheim, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Assuming the opener does not give up runs, this would actually be good for Valdez's value going forward (in leagues that don't reward quality starts), as it would allow him to enter the game against the bottom of the opposing team's lineup and would improve his chances of qualifying for the win. Valdez has given up 15 runs while walking seven and striking out five in seven innings over his last three appearances for Houston.
Valdez (3-5) took the loss after surrendering four runs on four hits and three walks over 0.2 innings Thursday against Texas.
Valdez was hit hard from start, giving up four runs on a groundout and a pair of doubles while retiring just two batters before being pulled from the contest. The 25-year-old southpaw has now struggled over his last three outings, allowing 15 total runs across seven innings of work. His spot in Houston's starting rotation may be in jeopardy soon if he's unable to turn things around quickly.
Valdez was called up to start Thursday's game against the Rangers, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Valdez had a respectable but unremarkable 4.57 ERA in 45.1 innings in the first half, starting four games and appearing in a further 14 in relief. He appears to be the Astros' fifth starter for now, though a trade acquisition by the end of the month remains possible.
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