Sep 18, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez (59) tips his cap to the fans after being recognized for setting an MLB record with 25 consecutive quality starts in a single season during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 MLB season has been filled with accomplishments, milestones and excitement, and one story that deserves to be recognized is the performance of Houston Astros pitcher Framber Valdez.

Valdez, who is 16-5 with a 2.57 ERA, is one of the most consistent starting pitchers in baseball, and he added to his strong campaign on Sunday with his MLB-record 25th consecutive quality start in a 11-2 win over the Oakland A’s.

“It means a lot to me and my career to get that record,” Valdez told reporters. “It is one of those things that will go down on your resume to get a record like that. It means a lot to me, my family and all my followers.”

“That’s a remarkable streak that he has set,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “There’s been some great pitchers that he has surpassed in breaking that record. I’m just glad that he accomplished it.”

Valdez broke Jacob deGrom’s record of 24 straight quality starts in 2018. The 28-year-old left-hander gets slightly overshadowed because he pitches on the same staff as Justin Verlander, one of the game’s best starters, but Valdez’s presence has given Houston another dominant arm to go with its lethal lineup.

With Valdez, Verlander, Lance McCullers, José Urquidy and Luis Garcia, the Astros have options not many teams can match. They’re equipped to make a deep run in October, and for the third straight week, our MLB Power Rankings panel voted them the No. 2 team behind the top-ranked Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB Power Rankings

Rankings are determined by staff vote

Records and statistics are through Sept. 18

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (101-44, Last week: 1)

2. Houston Astros (96-51, LW: 2)

3. New York Mets (93-55, LW: 3)

4. Atlanta Braves (91-55, LW: 4)

5. St. Louis Cardinals (87-61, LW: 5)

6. New York Yankees (88-58, LW: 6)

7. Toronto Blue Jays (83-64, LW: 9)

8. Tampa Bay Rays (82-64, LW: 8)

9. Seattle Mariners (80-65, LW: 7)

10. San Diego Padres (81-66, LW: 11)

11. Philadelphia Phillies (80-66, LW: 10)

12. Cleveland Guardians (79-67, LW: 13)

13. Milwaukee Brewers (78-68, LW: 12)

14. Chicago White Sox (76-71, LW: 14)

15. Baltimore Orioles (76-69, LW: 15)

16. Minnesota Twins (73-73, LW: 16)

17. Boston Red Sox (71-75, LW: 17)

18. San Francisco Giants (69-77, LW: 18)

19. Arizona Diamondbacks (68-78, LW: 19)

20. Texas Rangers (63-83, LW: 21)

21. Colorado Rockies (64-82, LW: 22)

22. Los Angeles Angels (64-82, LW: 20)

23. Chicago Cubs (62-84, LW: 23)

24. Miami Marlins (60-87, LW: 24)

25. Cincinnati Reds (58-89, LW: 25)

26. Kansas City Royals (58-89, LW: 26)

27. Detroit Tigers (55-91, LW: 27)

28. Pittsburgh Pirates (55-92, LW: 28)

29. Oakland Athletics (53-94, LW: 29)

30. Washington Nationals (51-95, LW: 30)

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