The Houston Astros (85-68) and Kansas City Royals (51-102) square off in the first of a three-game series on Friday at Minute Maid Park, at 8:10 PM ET. The Astros are coming off a series defeat to the Orioles, and the Royals a series win over the Guardians.

The probable pitchers are Framber Valdez (12-10) for the Astros and Cole Ragans (6-4) for the Royals.

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Royals vs. Astros Pitcher Matchup Info

  • Date: Friday, September 22, 2023
  • Time: 8:10 PM ET
  • TV: SportsNet SW
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Venue: Minute Maid Park
  • Live Stream: Watch this game on Fubo!
  • Probable Pitchers: Valdez - HOU (12-10, 3.20 ERA) vs Ragans - KC (6-4, 3.44 ERA)

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Royals Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Cole Ragans

  • Ragans gets the start for the Royals, his 11th of the season. He is 6-4 with a 3.44 ERA and 100 strikeouts over 83 2/3 innings pitched.
  • In his last time out on Saturday, the left-hander tossed six innings against the Houston Astros, allowing five earned runs while surrendering six hits.
  • The 25-year-old has an ERA of 3.44, with 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 27 games this season. Opponents are hitting .209 against him.
  • Ragans enters this game with six quality starts under his belt this year.
  • Ragans will try to continue an 11-game streak of lasting five or more innings (he's averaging 3.1 innings per outing).
  • He has had 15 appearances this season in which he did not allow an earned run.

Cole Ragans vs. Astros

  • He meets an Astros offense that ranks fifth in the league with 789 total runs scored while batting .260 as a squad. His opponent has a collective .437 slugging percentage (sixth in MLB play) and has hit a total of 211 home runs (seventh in the league).
  • Head-to-head against the Astros this season, Ragans has pitched 10 innings, giving up seven earned runs on 11 hits while striking out 10.

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Astros Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Framber Valdez

  • The Astros will hand the ball to Valdez (12-10) for his 30th start of the season.
  • The left-hander gave up no earned runs in seven innings pitched on Sunday in his last outing, a matchup with the Kansas City Royals.
  • The 29-year-old has pitched to a 3.20 ERA this season with 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 2.3 walks per nine across 29 games.
  • He's going for his sixth straight quality start.
  • Valdez will look to finish five or more innings for the 10th start in a row.
  • He has six appearances with no earned runs allowed in 29 chances this season.
  • Among qualified pitchers in the majors this season, the 29-year-old ranks seventh in ERA (3.20), 12th in WHIP (1.087), and 28th in K/9 (8.7).

Framber Valdez vs. Royals

  • The Royals rank 26th in MLB with 635 runs scored this season. They have a .244 batting average this campaign with 152 home runs (26th in the league).
  • The Royals have gone 5-for-24 with a double in one game against the left-hander this season.

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