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Valbuena officially day-to-day with sprained toe

The Houston Astros can add Luis Valbuena to their list of banged-up players.  On Monday, after a few days of continued pain, an x-ray of his left big toe revealed a sprain. Said manager A.J. Hinch of Valbuena's condition to the Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich: “He’s sore. His toe is very sore. He’s not going to start. He’s not going to have any activity on the field. Trying...
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8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Luis Valbuena the poster child of Houston Astros’ offense

Much has been made of the strange yet productive offense that the Houston Astros are winning with this season. The team continues to lead the majors in homers while sitting near the bottom in batting average.  They also strike out a lot, leading MLB in that category. Given their team statistics, it’s hardly surprising that quite a few Astros fit into the same mold.  But the likes...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

The curious case of Luis Valbuena

If you were to look at Houston Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena’s stats, and only looked at his batting average and on base percentage, you would wonder why on earth the Astros run him out there day after day. However, if you only looked at his home run and RBI numbers, you would wonder where this guy has been for the past seven years of his career. The fact is, Valbuena’s...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Valbuena, Astros on quite a home run tear

Third baseman Luis Valbuena just may be shaping up as one of the best off-season signings of any team in the league, and the Houston Astros are reaping the benefits. Valbuena swatted his tenth home run of the campaign on Sunday, and reached some exclusive company in franchise history in doing so. As Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle pointed out, Valbuena and Morgan Ensberg...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Buy/Sell, Week 3: Is Valbuena for Real?

As we’re nearly three weeks through the baseball season, the sample sizes are getting larger and the bats are starting to wake up from their winter hibernation, making for a hitter heavy buy/sell this week. Here we go: Sell: Nelson Cruz Cruz is off to a monstrous start to 2015, picking up where he left off last season. He currently leads all MLB in home runs (8) and RBI (17)...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Swap Luis Valbuena for Dexter Fowler

For the last year or so, people have been asking what the Cubs are going to do with all these infielders. A trade, or several trades, has always seemed likely, so perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised that the Cubs shipped Luis Valbuena to the Astros in exchange for Dexter Fowler and Dan Straily. Valbuena […]
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs hand Cardinals fourth straight loss, 7-6

CHICAGO -- Luis Valbuena hit a decisive two-run homer in the seventh inning Friday, and the Chicago Cubs overcame a three-run deficit to hand the St. Louis Cardinals the fourth straight loss, 7-6. The teams combined for five home runs and 23 hits with a persistent wind at their backs. The Cardinals tied the score 5-5 on solo homers by Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday in the fifth...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Oh my gawd Luis Valbuena is the backup catcher

RED ALERT!  RED ALERT!  THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Seriously, they even said it…since John Baker is nursing a sore throat from the foul ball last night, Welington Castillo is on the disabled list due to a ribcage strain, leaving only Eli Whiteside as a bonafide catcher at the major league level, it’s going to be Luis Valbuena to the rescue… If necessary Luis Valbuena is emergency...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

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