What major individual Houston Astros record is likely to be broken next?
On Wednesday night, Houston Astros starter Framber Valdez broke the team’s consecutive quality starts record by going 7 innings and allowing just 1 run. Valdez is turning into a bonafide ace, and last night was his 21st consecutive quality start. That’s a streak that dates back to mid-April.
Now that Valdez has inserted his name into the Astros’ history books, what major individual franchise record is most likely to be broken next? It’s no secret that the Astros continue to churn out talent that is capable of rewriting history. They have already broken a few team records this year either way; their current 80-45 record is the best 125-game start since the inception of the franchise.
Most of the Astros’ individual record-holders come from their windows of contention in the 1980s and 1990s – teams that boasted superstars such as Nolan Ryan, Mike Scott, and later on, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, but ultimately never won a pennant. It’s certainly in the realm of possibility that records from that era will be broken as early as this season on both the hitting and pitching sides.
While the ultimate goal for everyone in the clubhouse remains a World Series ring, the record-setting potential of this edition of the Houston Astros is both strong and compelling. Here are a few individual statistical Astros records that could be the next ones to be reset.