Framber Valdez (30), who was selected as a 먹튀검증 Cy Young Award candidate this season after setting the tie record for the most quality starts in a single season last year, is gradually falling apart.
The Houston Astros had a home game against the Texas Rangers on the 27th (Korean time) at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, USA.
Valdez, who started as Houston’s starting pitcher that day, could not stand Texas’ strong hitting line. He threw 80 balls (45 strikes) in 3 2/3 innings, giving up 8 hits and 6 runs.
As a result, Valdez lost a lot of points in three consecutive games, and his performance dropped significantly. 5 runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on the 16th, and 4 runs in 5 innings against the Oakland Athletics on the 22nd.
Valdez has thrown 126 innings in 20 games so far, recording 8 wins and 7 losses with an ERA of 3.29. 134 strikeouts. Still good grades, but the second half is a problem. His ERA is 9.00.
Valdes’ season ERA, which was very good at 2.51 at the end of the first half, rose to 3.29 after three poor games. As a result, he was in danger of being pushed out of the Cy Young image race.
Initially, Valdez was ranked 0th in the American League Cy Young Award while Shane Mcclanahan (26, Tampa Bay Rays) withdrew twice due to injury.
However, he is currently far behind McClanahan as well as Nathan Eboldi, who leads the American League in earned run average. 8th in the American League.
Three consecutive slumps in the second half took away a lot of things. The quality start tie record last year and the stable form in the first half of this season cannot be found.
Houston narrowed the gap with Texas, which ranked first in the district, to two games with a 58-45 win rate of 0.563. Valdez’s performance is absolutely necessary for Houston to surpass Texas.
It is noteworthy whether Valdez, who had a very good start as the ace of the defending champion Houston, will be able to overcome the shock of the first three games of the second half and rejoin the Cy Young Young race.