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Astros' Starting Rotation Has Big Boost Coming Soon

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Houston Astros starting rotation has a big boost coming in the form of healthy returns by Framber Valdez and Jake Odorizzi.
The Houston Astros starting rotation has a big boost coming in the form of healthy returns by Framber Valdez and Jake Odorizzi. / Bob Levey/Getty Images

It seems like everything has been going to plan for the Houston Astros early on in the 2021 MLB season. This team owns the second-best offense in the league with 216 runs scored in 41 games. Not to mention their 24-17 overall record and recent 8-2 stretch of 10 games.

Well, the Astros look like some more news is coming their way in the potential returns of Framber Valdez and Jake Odorizzi. The starting rotation will see a major boost as both starting pitchers should be activated and fully healthy in the coming weeks.

Both Valdez and Odorizzi are expected to return in the coming weeks for a team that seems to be clicking right now. Both have been sidelined on the 10-day IL with Valdez set to make his 2021 debut upon this return.

Valdez was sidelined with a broken left ring finger in his throwing hand prior to the season's start. Still, he was a bright spot for Houston's rotation last year with 3.57 ERA and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 10 starts.

Odorizzi was hit with a right pronator muscle strain near the end of April and hasn't pitched since. His career 3.97 ERA will be a helpful addition to Houston's rotation and the 2019 All-Star looks to provide an impact for his new club after signing as a free agent in March.

This season, Houston has paired its prolific offense with overall solid pitching performances. The Astros' staff owns a 3.76 team ERA, which sits just outside of the top 10. Adding these two arms should make the Astros an even more dangerous team. Currently, Houston has +1700 odds to win the World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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