Luis Valbuena 1B/3B HOU 2 days ago

Valbuena went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Thursday, his third straight game with a long ball -- all against the Orioles.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The O's will be glad to move on from Houston after they got swept in no small part because of Valbuena's three homers and five RBI. The lefty-hitting journeyman had been in the midst of a tough year before this three-game stretch -- he was under the Mendoza line and had only homered twice in 38 games. Considering that even in the best of times, Valbuena contributes meaningfully in no fantasy category besides homers, he's best left for AL-only formats.

Luis Valbuena 1B/3B HOU 1 week ago

Valbuena is not in the lineup Saturday against the Rangers, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Valbuena will be replaced by Marwin Gonzalez, who is seventh in the batting order. Valbuena has played in six of the last seven for the Astros, and with no news of injury, this seems to be a routine day off for him.

Luis Valbuena 1B/3B HOU 2 weeks ago

Valbuena is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Valbuena had made 10 consecutive starts at the hot corner for the Astros before receiving the day off Tuesday against lefty Carlos Rodon. He'll be replaced at third by Marwin Gonzalez, who has dominated left-handed pitching this season to the tune of a .323/.400/.581 slash line.

Luis Valbuena 1B/3B HOU 2 weeks ago

Valbuena went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, one run scored and five RBI in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The homer was just his second of the season, but both have come in the last nine games and Valbuena's .239/.327/.457 slash line in 46 May at-bats is a little more palatable than his brutal April numbers.

Luis Valbuena 1B/3B HOU 3 weeks ago

Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Saturday against the Mariners.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Valbuena's first homer of the season tied the game in the ninth inning of a game the Astros would go on to lose. Despite the homer, he's still mired in a 2-for-27 slump, and his batting average is currently at .178.

Luis Valbuena 1B/3B HOU 3 weeks ago

Valbuena is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mariners, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicles reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Valbuena has been awful through the first 23 games of the season, hitting just .182 with no home runs and only four RBI, while striking out in 29.1 percent of his at bats. After hitting 25 home runs in 2015, the Venezuelan looks lost at the plate, but should continue to see playing time as his backup, Marwin Gonzalez, isn't producing much offensively himself.

Luis Valbuena 1B/3B HOU 4 weeks ago

Valbuena is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Valbuena, who has been mired in an 0-for-12 slump with eight strikeouts over his last four starts, won't get the opportunity to turn the tide Sunday with lefty Rich Hill on the mound for the A's. Marwin Gonzalez will take over Valbuena's duties at third base.

Luis Valbuena 1B/3B HOU 1 month ago

Valbuena is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the A's.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Marwin Gonzalez will man third base and bat eighth with left-hander Sean Manaea toeing the rubber for Oakland. With seven strikeouts in his last three starts, Valbuena has now struck out 19 times in 57 at-bats this season, and he's still without a home run.

Luis Valbuena 1B/3B HOU 1 month ago

Valbuena went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts during Tuesday's 11-1 loss at Seattle.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After hitting five home runs during the month of April last season, Valbuena is hitting a mere .208/.323/.283 with zero long balls and four RBI through 18 games this year. If the 30-year-old continues to struggle at the plate, he will likely lose playing time to Marwin Gonzalez at the hot corner or even cede starting duties to Colin Moran, who is hitting .313 in 17 games with Triple-A Fresno.

Luis Valbuena 1B/3B HOU 1 month ago

Valbuena isn't in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Just a .214/.306/.349 career hitter against southpaws, Valbuena will take a seat with the lefty Henry Owens on the mound for the Red Sox. Marwin Gonzalez will replace him Sunday, but Valbuena will likely slot back in Monday when the Astros travel to Seattle to face the Mariners and the right-handed Taijuan Walker.