|Jan. 15 5:03 PM PT6:03 PM MT7:03 PM CT8:03 PM ET20:03 ET1:03 GMT9:03 6:03 PM MST8:03 PM EST8:33 PM VEN5:03 UAE (+1)7:03 PM CT-Valbuena and the Astros avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $6.125 million contract for 2016, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Analysis: Valbuena hit a career-high 25 home runs in his first season as a Astro in 2015 while serving as the team's regular third baseman. He also struck out 106 times in 434 at-bats and batted just .224.
|July 20 3:30 PM PT4:30 PM MT5:30 PM CT6:30 PM ET18:30 ET22:30 GMT6:30 3:30 PM MST5:30 PM EST6:00 PM VEN2:30 UAE (+1)5:30 PM CT-Valbuena was 4 for 5 with four RBIs in Sunday's win over Texas.
Analysis: It was his first career four-hit game. Strangely, none of them cleared the fence. Nineteen of his 61 hits this season are home runs.
|June 24 1:40 PM PT2:40 PM MT3:40 PM CT4:40 PM ET16:40 ET20:40 GMT4:40 1:40 PM MST3:40 PM EST4:10 PM VEN0:40 UAE (+1)3:40 PM CT-Valbuena hit a pair of home runs in a 13-3 rout against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Valbuena is tied for second in the AL with 19 homers and has just 28 hits in his other 222 at-bats. He had three hits Tuesday, raising his average to .195.
|June 17 11:11 AM PT12:11 PM MT1:11 PM CT2:11 PM ET14:11 ET18:11 GMT2:11 11:11 AM MST1:11 PM EST1:41 PM VEN22:11 UAE1:11 PM CT-Valbuena hit a pair of homers - including a three-run shot - in an 8-5 win over Colorado on Tuesday.
Analysis: Valbuena's team-leading 16 home runs have accounted for 39 percent of his 41 hits. He hit four longballs on Houston's five-game homestand.
|June 15 8:14 AM PT9:14 AM MT10:14 AM CT11:14 AM ET11:14 ET15:14 GMT23:14 8:14 AM MST10:14 AM EST10:44 AM VEN19:14 UAE10:14 AM CT-Valbuena had a dinger among two hits and two RBIs Sunday.
Analysis: Valbuena went deep twice over the weekend. He's still woeful at .185 but there is some hope now for Valbuena's owners.
|June 13 3:31 PM PT4:31 PM MT5:31 PM CT6:31 PM ET18:31 ET22:31 GMT6:31 3:31 PM MST5:31 PM EST6:01 PM VEN2:31 UAE (+1)5:31 PM CT-Valbuena ended his slump with a three-run homer in a 10-0 rout of Seattle and Felix Hernandez on Friday night.
Analysis: Valbuena, batting .181 with a team-best 13 homers, was 0 for 19 in his prior six games. He is 4 for 28 in nine games this month with three homers.
|May 27 11:35 AM PT12:35 PM MT1:35 PM CT2:35 PM ET14:35 ET18:35 GMT2:35 11:35 AM MST1:35 PM EST2:05 PM VEN22:35 UAE1:35 PM CT-Valbuena was 2 for 4 on Tuesday.
Analysis: Valbuena finally raised his average over .200, though it's a wonder why the journeyman is still in the big leagues. He's a career .227 hitter with no potential.
|Apr. 21 3:30 PM PT4:30 PM MT5:30 PM CT6:30 PM ET18:30 ET22:30 GMT6:30 3:30 PM MST5:30 PM EST6:00 PM VEN2:30 UAE (+1)5:30 PM CT-Valbuena belted a pair of home runs to lead Houston to a 7-5 win at Seattle on Monday.
Analysis: Valbuena has cranked out five homers over his last seven games.