Amidst all the angst about a very slow start by the Astros, the story of Jose Altuve‘s start has been almost taken for granted.
Even after a rare 0 for 4 in Friday’s win over the Mariners, the mighty mites’ production to date has been outstanding. Look at the following stats through May 6th:
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It is not surprising he is also leading the league in total bases. Is he likely to lead the league in home runs or break the record for doubles (67)? Probably not. But it has been obvious that at least for the moment, the top Astro has added a new tool to his tool box – patience. He has never taken more than 40 walks in a season and he is on pace for 81 this year. He has been forcing the pitchers to come to him much more often than in the past. The results have been stunning and immediate.
A few questions for you to consider:
- After an off-season coronation of wunderkind Carlos Correa, has Altuve stolen the king’s crown back?
- Is this just a hot streak or something sustainable?
- Is Jose already the greatest player 5-5 or shorter ever in the game?
- Is a 30/30 season a real possibility for him?