(A quick call of attention).
It’s been a horrible, bad, not good 2020 for the Astros. Adding to the burden of the sign-stealing scandal, a myriad of injuries including the one affecting Justin Verlander, a depleted pitching rotation and prolonged slumps by the likes of José Altuve, Bergman, and Springer have combined to the resulting sub .500 record, trailing the Oakland A’s by 4.5 games.
Among the scarce shining spots, we can find Framber Valdez.
Valdez has been used in a try-to-fix-it-all role in the bullpen as well as a starter, having a better than average performance. So, how better? And more importantly, what can we expect from now on?
Let´s look at some stats:
I’m using a green to red color code, where green is better.
Valdez’s (k-bb)/ip is way better than the league average for pitchers with more than 8 IP, 0.657643848, just let’s keep in perspective that although Ks has probably stabilized, BBs are far from that.
All in all, his numbers back up a good progression, even when he is over-performing in ERA (his pCRA points that it should be higher), correction should not be too deep so it would stay in very useful numbers.
I’m not overly happy with his CSW but the good numbers in (k-bb)/ip and K%-BB% compensate a little bit.
I think a lower than 3.70 ERA the rest of the way is quite possible.
The biggest concern with Valdez is that he might be bouncing from the bullpen to the starting role, although looking at the state of Houston pitchers he could be opening for a while, even more if he can keep the good outings.
Framber Valdez is available in more than 60% of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.