Framber Valdez had a rough outing on Friday against the Royals, allowing six earned runs over 5.1 innings pitched.
Despite recording 10 strikeouts, Valdez struggled with his control, issuing three walks and giving up four hits. This disappointing performance further dampens Valdez's fantasy outlook, as his season-long numbers now include a 3.39 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. While his strikeout rate remains solid at 9.0 K/9, Valdez's recent struggles and lack of run support from the Astros have resulted in a less-than-ideal 12-11 record. Fantasy managers may want to exercise caution moving forward until Valdez can regain his form.