Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 3 days ago

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

Jonathan Villar will start at third for Valbuena, who is likely just getting some rest and should be back Sunday.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 1 week ago

Valbuena is out of the lineup Saturday.

He will get the day off with a lefty on the mound for the Tigers. Jonathan Villar will get the start at third base Saturday and is hitting second.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 2 weeks ago

Valbuena is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the A's.

It looks to be a scheduled day off for Valbuena, who will cede the third base duties to Jonathan Villar as Marwin Gonzalez enters the lineup at shortstop. Valbuena has started each of the last 13 games but is hitting just .190 with 19 strikeouts in 58 at-bats this month.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 2 weeks ago

Valbuena hit his 10th home run of the season during Sunday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Valbuena, who is hitting a mere .108 off left-handers this season, opened the scoring Sunday with a solo shot in the first inning off Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle. He's six home runs shy of tying his career-high during a season (16) that he set last year with the Cubs.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 3 weeks ago

Valbuena hit his eighth home run of the season during Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Giants.

Through the first month-and-a-half of the season, the 29-year-old third baseman has already hit half the number of home runs that he hit in all of 2014. While Valbuena is flashing impressive power, he's hitting only .200/.271/.433 over 120 at-bats thus far.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 4 weeks ago

Valbuena hit a solo home run -- his seventh of the season -- in Tuesday's 7-1 loss to the Rangers.

Valbuena took Rangers' starter Wandy Rodriguez deep in the first inning, but Houston managed only two hits thereafter to drop their second straight game to AL West division rival Texas. While Valbuena's power indicators have been great, he's hitting just .211 through 24 games for the Astros this season.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 1 month ago

Valbuena is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners.

Valbuena will get a regular day off with left-hander J.A. Happ on the bump for the opposing Mariners. Considering that Valbuena is just 2-for-21 at the dish against left-handers this season, the move certainly makes sense from a matchup standpoint. Jonathan Villar will take over at the hot corner.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 1 month ago

Valbuena had an RBI double among three hits and four runs scored during Tuesday's 14-3 rout of the Padres.

Valbuena isn't hitting for average (.225), but he's contributed 11 runs, five homers, nine RBI and a stolen base through 18 games this season. The 29-year-old third baseman has been sitting against most left-handed starters, but he's been hitting second in the lineup against right-handers, which bodes well for his fantasy value.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 1 month ago

Valbuena is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics.

Manager A.J. Hinch will keep Valbuena on the bench with lefty Drew Pomeranz slated to start for the Athletics, as Marwin Gonzalez draws in at third base. Over 325 career plate appearances against lefties, Valbuena owns a lowly .227/.312/.350 line and has struck out 23.7 percent of the time.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 1 month ago

Valbuena went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI in Monday's 7-5 win over the Mariners.

After an 0-for-10 start to his season, Valbuena is 10-for-31 (.323) with five home runs and seven RBI over his last eight games.