At some point, José Altuve’s height should probably no longer be dwelled on, but seven years into his career, it’s still fun as hell to marvel at him being one of the best players in the baseball—and a good-as-hell candidate for the AL MVP—in tandem with his, uh, modest vertical dimensions.
Tonight’s Game 1 of the ALDS very quickly revealed itself to be far from ideal for Boston starter Chris Sale. That started with the second batter he faced, Alex Bregman, turning a flat slider into a solo home run and continued with the third batter, José Altuve, turning a high fastball into the same thing.
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Rationalizing why Mike Trout is bad and your guy is the undisputed MVP is an experience that every American League fan will go through at some point over Trout’s career, but tonight on the Houston Astros’ broadcast, the announcers started really grasping at straws.
It takes a lot to humble José Altuve. (Jokes about his height accomplish nothing here.) After a red-hot July that launched him into this year’s MVP conversation, he’s in the middle of his best season yet. But here is Altuve not only humbled, but humbled with buckled knees as a very scary Stephen Strasburg curveball…
It’s not really a shock, given that Astros second baseman Jose Altuve finished last season with 6.7 WAR and has been putting up ridiculous statistics for years now, but the little guy is currently your MVP frontrunner.
Here is Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo tracking a José Altuve fly ball to the warning track in right field in today’s Orioles-Astros tilt:
Last night, Jose Altuve went 4-for-5 with two singles, a double, and a triple. It was the second time this week he’s come up one hit shy of the cycle—he would have had it during Saturday’s game against the Royals had not tripped over second base on his way to a triple—but even without the attention that would have…
The Houston Astros have been one of the most disappointing teams in baseball this season, sitting last in an AL West they were expected to dominate. The pitching staff has been giving up too many runs and even ace Dallas Keuchel’s stats are down across the board (beard’s still good at least). But Carlos Correa is…
Look away, Astros fans.
By sheer coincidence, athletes from three different teams in three different places hung out with penguins today. But we need to know: Who was the best?