Mon, 18 May 2015 13:51:24 -0700
Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena is not in the starting lineup against a left-handed hurler Monday, May 18. SS Jonathan Villar is starting at the hot corner and hitting second in the batting order against Oakland Athletics SP Drew Pomeranz.
Fantasy Tip: Villar ($1,800, 3.6% of cap) is hitting .238 (10-for-42) with no home runs and four RBI in 19 games for Houston. He's just 4-for-20 (.200) with three RBI batting right-handed against lefties this year, too. Villar isn't the best shortstop option you have this evening in daily games.
Sun, 03 May 2015 10:58:23 -0700
Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena is not in the starting lineup Sunday, May 3. SS Jonathan Villar will be the starting third baseman for the Astros.
Fantasy Tip: Valbuena ($2,500, 5.0% of cap) has had some problems at the plate and is receiving a day off. Villar ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) is only hitting .182 this season and is not a great option for owners on FantasyScore.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:10:21 -0700
Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena hit two solo home runs in the victory over the Seattle Mariners Monday, April 20, and it was his fifth home run in the past seven games and second career multi-homer game. Valbuena, a career .229 hitter, is hitting .323 since April 11.
Fantasy Tip: Valbuena ($2,500, 5.0% of cap) is playing out of his mind right now in the early going. He does have double-digit home run power, though, as he put up 12 and 16 homers, respectively, in the last two seasons. This pace won't last, but he can continue to be a solid fantasy player for his owners with consistent playing time. Continue to ride him at FantasyScore while he's hot.
Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:35:31 -0700
Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena is starting at third base and hitting third in the lineup against the Cleveland Indians on opening day Monday, April 6.
Fantasy Tip: Valbuena ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) isn't an attractive daily play going up against Corey Kluber and the Indians today.
Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:13:06 -0700
Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena leads the Grapefruit League with a .786 slugging percentage this spring and hit his second home run Friday, March 20.
Fantasy Tip: Valbuena ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) has a career slugging percentage of .374 in 2,047 plate appearances, so it's tough to get too excited over his sudden surge, but it is somewhat promising with his slugging percentage and his ISO on the rise in each of the past three seasons. Valbuena saw more than 500 plate appearances last season for the first time in his career and hit 16 home runs. Currently slotted in as the Astros starting third baseman, Valbuena could be a nice corner or middle infield option late in drafts.
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:59:41 -0800
Houston Astros 3B Matt Dominguez is expected to see some playing time at first base this season, as a result of the team's recent acquisition of 3B Luis Valbuena. Manager A.J. Hinch still views Dominguez as a third baseman in the long run but wants him to learn how to play first base in order to increase his versatility and improve his odds of making the 25-man roster.
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:55:33 -0800
Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena will compete for the starting third base job in spring training this year, according to general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:34:11 -0800
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena was acquired by the Houston Astros in the deal that sent OF Dexter Fowler to the Cubs Monday, Jan. 19.
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:07:41 -0800
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena and SP Travis Wood avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year deals Friday, Jan. 16. Valbuena will make $4.2 million in 2015, while Wood will make $5.685 million.
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:27:42 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena (illness) returned to the team's starting lineup Sunday, Aug. 17.