Framber Valdez will seek
Framber Valdez is not yet the ace of the Astros rotation yet ;a, but it is throwing as such. So who better to take the mound against the Phillies in Game 6 of the World Series with a chance to clinch the title?
The Astros suffered a 7-0 blowout in Game 3 at Philadelphia, but rallied in the next two games to take a 3-2 series lead. In Game 4, Houston threw. a combined no-hitter in a 5-0 win. And Justin Verlander signed up. He earned his first career World Series win in Game 5.
After seeing his teammates pitch well, Valdez wants to keep that momentum going when he starts Saturday at Minute Maid Park.< /p>
“It is a good opportunity for me to show what I am, what we are,” Valdez said after his team's 3-2 victory in Game 5 on Thursday. “Just play hard and focus to win that game.”
Houston is 3-0 in Valdez starts this season. His domination of the Phillies in their last outing — Game 2 of the World Series last Saturday — was masterful.
Going through 6 1/3 innings in a 5-2 Astros victory , Valdez relented. one earned run and four hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. made 104 pitches. He did not allow run to the seventh inning.
One out after Nick Castellanos led off the seventh with a double, Valdez came out. of the game. Dominican reliever Rafael Montero was pitching when Castellanos scored. thanks to a sacrifice fly by fellow Dominican Jean Segura.
“This boy has been a big game boy for us ever since he came here. to the league,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said Friday. “It's not very common for a guy to have been in that position so many times at this point in his career. Framber pitched good against them last time. He shoots well (at) home and (on) the road, but especially at home.”
The additional rest has been important. Valdez worked He has 201 1/3 innings in the regular season in 2022, a career high and 66 2/3 innings more than he pitched. in 2021.
Valdez's parents will be at Minute Maid Park again to watch him pitch in the World Series, his dad; joseph Antonio Valdez Ramírez, surpassed his fear of airplanes to travel to Houston from the Dominican Republic and watch his son pitch for the first time in the Major Leagues in Game 2 of the World Series.
“Saturday he felt very proud of me,” Valdez said. & ldquo;He thanked me because I attacked him & eacute; for him to come. He came and felt very happy.