In the last ten years, Urquidy has been among the best run-line pitchers in the Astros

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Three Houston Astros pitchers have started at least 50 games in the last decade (2014-23). Framber Valdez and Cristian Javier are both on the active roster, while José Urquidy is nearing a return from the injured list.

In games started by one of these pitchers over that time (all since 2017), how have bettors performed when picking the Astros’ run line?

Urquidy ranks fifth among those 13 pitchers with at least 50 starts in terms of ATS (against the spread) percentage:

.615 for Gerrit Cole

.573 for Collin McHugh

.564 for Charlie Morton

.559 for Justin Verlander

.538 for José Urquidy

.531 for Dallas Keuchel

.500 for Framber Valdez

The score for Scott Feldman is .500

.470 for Brad Peacock

Javier Cristian: .460

.451 for Zack Greinke

Valdez no-hits Guardians on same day Astros reunite with JV

Houston Astros Ace Framber Valdez to Miss Start with Injury ...

It will be remembered as one of the greatest days in Astros history, and it has very little to do with the club reacquiring Justin Verlander at the Trade Deadline.

After facing the minimum 27 batters in the Astros’ 2-0 win over Cleveland at Minute Maid Park, Framber Valdez became the first left-handed pitcher in franchise history to throw a no-hitter. As he only had to pitch 93 pitches to complete the no-hitter, it qualified as a Madux no-hitter.

The no-hitter is the 16th in Astros history and the club’s first complete-game no-no since Verlander threw his third career no-no on Sept. 1, 2019, at Toronto. Last year, the Astros combined to throw two no-hitters, including one in the World Series Game 4 started by Cristian Javier.

Valdez, who made his second consecutive All-Star team this year (though he didn’t pitch in the game), struggled since the All-Star break, posting a 9.00 ERA while suffering from a calf injury. With a dominating sinker and curveball, he returned to All-Star form against the Guardians.

After retiring the first 12 batters he faced, including six by strikeouts, Gonzalez was erased on a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

In the third inning, Kyle Tucker blooped a single to center to score Jose Altuve and Jeremy Pea following a wild pitch by Guardians starter Gavin Williams.

Since 2004, Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros for Follow him on Twitter at @brianmctaggart.