No matter where Valverde winds up this offseason, this 9th inning intro needs to live on. Classic, classic stuff:
So how about Jose Valverde, the free agent? Let's take a look:
The Case for Valverde
Aside from a rough April (5.63 ERA), Valverde has been lights out this season for the Astros. From May through September, Valverde's ERA never exceeded 2.16. In addition, batters only hit .207 against Valverde this season, which is right in line with his career .208 BAA. Those are some pretty impressive stats, right there.
Since Valverde entered the majors in 2003, he has averaged at least one strikeout/IP in every season. This season, Valverde's K/9 rate was the lowest of his career at a very impressive 9.3. These s ...
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Article written by Josh Levitt