The 5 best Astros starts from April

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Framber Valdez – Game Score: 75 | IP: 6.2 | H: 2 | R: 0 | K: 6 | BB: 1

Valdez started the season right, going six and two-thirds innings without giving up a run. Because he gives up so few hits (7.7 per nine IP for career) Valdez is difficult to beat when he doesn’t walk batters and he only walked one of 22 faced on Opening Night, despite only throwing first pitch strikes to 10.

Valdez threw 64.2% strikes on his 84 pitches and averaged an efficient 4.2 pitches per out. He was pulled after an infield hit by Matt Duffy and with a little better luck would have thrown seven complete to start the season.