Photo credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Lance Lynn
Thursday Night Baseball Betting Odds: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
- Astros odds: -129
- Rangers odds: +119
- Over/Under: 10.5
- Probable starters: Framber Valdez (3-4, 4.57 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (11-4, 3.91 ERA)
- First pitch: 8:05 p.m. ET on ESPN
Houston Astros: Framber Valdez was roughed up for 11 runs over a combined 6.1 innings in his last two MLB starts on June 20 and June 26, so the Astros demoted the 25-year-old to Triple-A to right himself.
He responded with 10 strikeouts over 6.2 shutout innings in a win on July 1 and struck out another seven batters in three innings on July 6.
Standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 170 pounds, Valdez is short and stocky for an MLB starter, but he owns big velocity for a lefty (touches 96 mph) and generates groundballs and whiffs in abundance with the heavy sink on his two-seam fastball and his high-spin, late-breaking curveball:
That said, Valdez doesn’t have much beyond his four-seam fastball, two-seamer and curveball, as he uses his still-developing changeup less than 4% of the time.