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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||440.00||14.00||.241||54.00||59.00||1.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Seattle||3||2||2|| .500||2.667|| .667|
|vs Pomeranz (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|vs LHP||5||1||0|| .333|| .400|| .200|
|12/22/2014||Jameson Taillon, SP PIT||Luis Valbuena, 3B HOU|
|12/21/2014||Wilmer Flores, SS NYM|
Carl Crawford, LF LAD
A.J. Burnett, SP PIT
|Marlon Byrd, LF CIN|
Luis Valbuena, 3B HOU
|12/20/2014||Luis Valbuena, 3B HOU|
Danny Santana, CF MIN
|Austin Jackson, CF SEA|
Jedd Gyorko, 2B SD
|Last 10 Games|
Astros 3B Luis Valbuena hits two home runs Monday
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(1:48 am ET) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena connected on two home runs to help lead the Astros to a 7-5 win over the Mariners on Monday.
"This last week he's been about as hot as anybody, and he's doing some damage with his swing," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after the game, per MLB.com. "He's played a good third base, he's a good baseball player and I'm glad he's on our club. I love having him around."
Valbuena hit his fourth home run of the season when he connected on a solo home run off Hisashi Iwakuma during the first inning. During the eighth inning, he hit another solo shot off Danny Farquhar for his fifth homer of the season.
"I tried to backdoor the cutter there and left it over the middle, and he hit it over the fence," Farquhar said.
Valbuena is now batting .244 on the season.
3B Luis Valbuena delivers for Astros
|by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer|
|(4/19/15) Luis Valbuena had a big day for the Astros in their 4-3 triumph over the Angels on Sunday, reaching base three times and connecting for his third home run of the season.
Valbuena got the Astros on the board in the third inning when he tagged a pitch by Garrett Richards over the wall in left for a 353-foot homer to make it 2-0 Houston. Valbuena also walked twice and stole a base.
"It was good," Valbuena said of his homer. "It was a good pitch I was looking for, and I was being aggressive. He threw me a pitch where I wanted, and I hit it hard and the ball [went]."
Astros' Luis Valbuena homers in win vs. A's
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(4/16/15) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 6-1 win over the A's Wednesday.
Valbuena led off the seventh inning with his second home run of the season, and he's put together a five-game hitting streak since opening the season 0 for 10 in his first three games. The infielder has hit .226/.273/.452 with two home runs and two RBI in 31 at-bats.
Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena cranks first home run Sunday
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/12/15) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 6 at the plate in Houston's 6-4 win over the Rangers Sunday in 14 innings. Valbuena did his only damage in the second inning taking a 3-2 pitch from Colby Lewis to deep right field for a solo home run.
Despite the homer, Valbuena continues to struggle at the plate, hitting just .143 in 21 at-bats this season.
|2014 summary: For the third season in a row, Luis Valbuena served as the Cubs' primary third baseman, but this time around, he got to keep more of the playing time to himself. He started 105 games at the hot corner plus another 17 games at second base. Though Valbuena was largely ignored in Fantasy circles for most of the season, he was a popular add in late August and early September when he cranked six home runs over a 13-game period. That power burst helped Valbuena to reach a career-high 16 home runs and 51 RBI, and his 68 runs scored eclipsed his previous high of 52 set with the Indians in 2009.|
Playing time status: Valbuena could begin the season as the Cubs' regular third baseman, but with a hot spring, Kris Bryant could force him into a utility role. That is almost certain to happen at some point during the 2015 season.
2015 outlook: The Cubs' infield situation is already crowded enough that Arismendy Alcantara will likely begin the season in the outfield, and when Bryant is ready to arrive, it won't be good for Valbuena's value. His best bet for Fantasy value is to get traded, but even then Valbuena is a deep mixed league option at best.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|4/21/15||@ SEA||10:10 pm||Taijuan Walker|
|4/22/15||@ SEA||10:10 pm||J.A. Happ|
|4/24/15||@ OAK||10:05 pm||Scott Kazmir|
|4/25/15||@ OAK||4:05 pm||Kendall Graveman|
|4/26/15||@ OAK||4:05 pm||Drew Pomeranz|
|4/27/15||@ SD||10:10 pm||James Shields|
|4/28/15||@ SD||10:10 pm||Tyson Ross|