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Jose Altuve stole home in Friday night’s game against the Tigers

Jun 28, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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The Astros are 35-46 in last place in the AL West entering Saturday’s action, but they’re actually in much better shape than we thought they’d be (they were 51-111 last season), and they’re actually a fun team to watch. Second baseman Jose Altuve is a big reason behind both of those.

Altuve is now hitting a league-leading .342 with a league-leading 32 stolen bases in 35 attempts. He’s had seven multi-hit games out of his last ten starts, and went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI last night. Oh, and also? He stole home.

According to Baseball Reference, it’s the second time in Altuve’s career that he’s stolen home.

While the Astros, stunningly, have several viable nominees (Dallas Keuchel, George Springer) to represent the club at this year’s All-Star Game at Target Field, Altuve should almost certainly get the honor if the Astros are to have only one representative. He may not start, however, as one can make an argument in favor of Ian Kinsler or Brian Dozier for starting honors. (Robinson Cano leads all American League second basemen in balloting by about 670,000 votes at the recent count.) Still, Altuve is having a fine season and has quickly become one of baseball’s most exciting players to watch.

  1. clydeserra - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    high sock. he wears high socks. that alone is reason to pay attention

  2. musketmaniac - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    very exciting player, socks or no socks.

  3. rabbi187 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Looking like old Mattress Mac is gonna be giving away millions of dollars worth of furniture. Again.

  4. pwshrugged - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Altuve’s looking like a legitimate MVP candidate at this point, regardless of playing for Houston. And frankly, Houston’s not awful this season, and seem poised to be sneaky good next year.

  5. musketmaniac - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM


  6. sportsfan18 - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Yes, all have their own opinions and others may make cases for other players.

    Altuve .828
    Kinsler .820
    Dozier .799

    Altuve 130
    Kinsler 121
    Dozier 122

    Batting average
    Altuve .342
    Kinsler .306
    Dozier .245

    Stolen bases and caught stealing
    Altuve 32 and 3
    Kinsler 8 and 3
    Dozier 15 and 4

  7. jsala02 - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Right now, Altuve> Cano/Pedrioa/Kinsler

  8. yarguy - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    As the video shows he was able to steal home only because Avila had a brain cramp and threw to first trying to pick off Springer and then Cabrerra turned his back to make the tag. Tigers’ defense (and pitching) really leaves a lot to be desired. Altuve had already stolen 2nd in the 1st inning off Verlander / Avila and then thanks to a wild pitch from Verlander and a throwing error by Avila, scored.

    • dan1111 - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:05 AM

      Any time home is stolen, someone wasn’t paying attention. It doesn’t take away from this being a great play by Altuve.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:34 AM

      You had a brain cramp and missed a Tiger brain cramp. They also allowed Springer to go to second base on the play while Avila was chasing around Altuve trying to put a tag on him.

  9. thebadguyswon - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Altuve is fantastic.

    But can we hold off on scheduling the Astros championship parade for 2017 and wait until they have a winning season first? It’s been 7 years coming.

    • carpi2 - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      No dice! The Astros are the 2017 Champs. Put it in the books as a foregone conclusion!

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