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Luis Valbuena was killed in a car accident with former Pirates 2B Jose Castillo.
This is another tragic incident for baseball. Valbuena previously played for the Mariners, Indians, Cubs, Astros, and Angels. He wasn't relevant for fantasy purposes in 2018 and probably would not have been in 2019, either. But that doesn't make his loss any less noteworthy.
Luis Valbuena went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Friday night as the Angels lost to the Dodgers by a 3-2 score.
Valbuena has not been hitting well and over the last 14 games is hitting .129 with a .152 on-base percentage. The veteran infielder is now getting benched against lefty pitching and can be dropped in most fantasy leagues.
Luis Valbuena went 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI on Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Valbuena should see increased playing time with Zack Cozart done for the season. The veteran isn't much to write home about, but if given everyday at-bats, he could contribute in AL-only leagues and extremely deep mixed leagues.
Luis Valbuena went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Friday night against the Blue Jays.
Valbuena is getting regular at-bats with the injuries to Zack Cozart and Shohei Ohtani, but other than a few big games, he's not making the most of his opportunities. He's batting just .183 in June with three runs scored. Still, he's relevant in AL-only leagues for the moment, as is anyone who gets consistent at-bats, so keep your eye on him in that format.
Luis Valbuena finished 3-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs and three RBI as the Angels beat the Tigers 9-2.
Valbuena put the Halos on the board first with a second inning single that plated Albert Pujols, coming around to score when Ian Kinsler cleared the bases with a home run in the very next at bat. He then solo shotted one in the fourth and another one in the eighth for good measure. Even despite the big game, Valbuena is not much of a fantasy asset outside of deep AL-only formats having not hit in eight games prior and not homering since May 1st. His .234/.279/.380 line, six home runs and 19 RBI are uninspiring but decent considering his only playing time is really whenever he spells Shohei Ohtani.