Harold Capote Fernandez
At this point, discussing the relevance of José Altuve in the Houston Astros scheme is honestly falling into sterile words; it is so simple that his importance is not an issue that has room for questioning, the sidereals need him to win, period.
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Although he is not going through the best of his offensive moments, with an average of .259, Astroboy influences in one way or another in the victories of his cast, and since he returned from the Disabled List on May 2, the Astros have come out for the big door in each of those 7 commitments.
In the period, they swept the Seattle Mariners in 3 matches with scores of 3-0, 4-0 and 7-2; while against the Detroit Tigers they also took out the brooms to win the 4 duels 3v2, 3v2, 3v2 and 5v0.
During those games, Altuve came back hot and has an average of .409 (22-9), with 3 home runs, 3 RBIs, 7 runs scored, 5 walks, 3 strikeouts, .519 OBP, .818 slugging percentage. Elite stats.
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Also important is the fact that the second of his homers served for Houston to take the lead, when he bounced it in the first offensive turn of his own.
Similarly, the third home run placed the first score for the Astros, to get closer 2-1, while in the eighth leg, his single started the rally of 2 with which they turned the score. He stepped on the plate after Michael Brantley’s triple.
Orbiting again in the sidereal attack becomes more important due to the low production that several of his teammates have maintained since May 2.
Specific examples are in Chas McCormick (.077 and 2 RBIs since then), Yuli Gurriel (.143 1 RBI) and Kyle Tucker (.191 with 2 RBIs).
Only Alex Bregman has managed to raise his figures; just before Altuve returned, .230 was average, but with Altuve back in the lineup that average jumped to .250.
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Of course, it is undeniable that the sustenance of the current streak has been the performance of the entire group of pitchers.