Danny Valencia 1B/3B/LF TOR 1 month ago

Valencia will start at third base and bat seventh Monday against the Rays, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet reports.

With Donaldson getting a rare day off, Valencia gets a chance to start at his natural position, third base. While he does much of his damage against lefties, Valencia gets the start against the right-handed Matt Andriese regardless. While his batting average is more than 100 points higher against lefties, he's actually got a higher slugging percentage against righties and has hit all three of his home runs this season against right handers.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B/LF TOR 1 month ago

Valencia went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk Wednesday against the Mets.

Those in daily leagues who started Valencia in this game thinking that he'd feast against New York lefty Jon Niese must have felt headed for disappointment by the time the eighth inning rolled around. That was when Valencia concluded the evening's scoring with a three-run homer against righty Akeel Morris. All three of his homers this season have come against righties despite the fact that he entered the game hitting .405 against left-handed pitching.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B/LF TOR 1 month ago

Valencia is in the lineup Wednesday, playing third base and batting seventh against the Mets.

The Blue Jays are going with a right-handed heavy lineup Wednesday against Mets' lefty Jon Niese. Valencia is batting .440 with eight doubles against lefty starters this season.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B/LF TOR 2 months ago

Valencia went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's victory over the Red Sox.

Getting the start against the left-handed Eduardo Rodriguez, Valencia did his real damage against the right-handed Steven Wright, launching his second home run of the season in the fifth inning. He's hitting for a .415/.442/.537 slash line against lefties; however, both of his home runs this season have come against righties. Valencia is a good value play in daily leagues against southpaws as he's a career .373 hitter against them.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B/LF TOR 2 months ago

Valencia roped two doubles, scored twice and knocked in two runs in a win Tuesday over Miami.

Valencia, as usual, is destroying left-handed pitching, as he owned a .923 OPS against southpaws, and his first double came in the Jays' first inning six-run onslaught against lefty Brad Hand. Valencia's second double came off righty reliever Vin Mazzaro, but he still has a brutal .244 OBP against right-handed pitching.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B/LF TOR 2 months ago

Valencia will get the start at third base and bat fifth in Monday's game against the Marlins.

Getting a rare start against a right-handed pitcher, Valencia slots into the lineup to give Josh Donaldson a rest from the field. His splits against right-handed pitching are less-than-ideal, with a .231/.244/.436 slash line in 39 at-bats. His upside is not as high as when he makes spot starts against lefties.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B/LF TOR 2 months ago

Valencia is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.

Valencia, who will hit sixth Tuesday, will get the start in left field with left-hander John Danks on the mound for the White Sox. Valencia has eight hits, including three doubles and a home run, in 23 career at-bats against Danks.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B/LF TOR 3 months ago

Valencia went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Friday's 8-4 loss to the Astros.

Valencia continues to crush left-handed pitching, as he currently holds a .545/.545/.682 slash line against them while his value drops precipitously against right-handers. Valencia is a great play in daily leagues against lefties as he'll provide good value and historically has seen the ball extremely well out of a pitcher's left hand.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B/LF TOR 3 months ago

Valencia (ankle) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Orioles, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

An ankle injury forced Valencia from Friday's game, but he's been able to make a couple pinch-hit appearances in the days since. Valencia is not an everyday player -- he typically starts mostly against left-handed pitching -- and thus it's hard to gauge the extent of the issue, but he should be considered day-to-day until he returns to the starting lineup.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B/LF TOR 3 months ago

Valencia (ankle) went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Red Sox.

Valencia coming in to pinch hit is certainly an encouraging sign about his ankle, but there has been no further notice about when he'll be back in the lineup consistently. He is hitting for a .351/.368/.459 slash line with virtually all of his damage coming against left-handed pitching. He's a good value play in daily leagues once healthy against left-handers.