The Astros finished the week strong, winning three of four against their in-state rivals. Strong pitching performances from Scott Feldman and Dallas Keuchel helped the Astros bring the Silver Boot Trophy back to Houston. Chris Carter continued to produce homeruns at a frantic pace. But one Astros infielder led the way with another fantastic week.
Jose Altuve had at least one hit in every game this week, extending his current hitting streak to nine games. Altuve went 4 for 5 on Sunday, including two doubles and a game-winning single in the eighth inning. The Astros second-baseman continues his assault on the record books — leading the American League in batting average, hits, stolen bases, and multi-hit games.
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Altuve was 11 for 29 for the week, producing a stellar .379/.419/.517 slash line. Jose connected for four doubles and added two stolen bases. He only struck out once in 30 plate appearances and continues to be one of the toughest hitters in the league to strike out. His 7.7% K rate is the second lowest in the majors.
To this point, 2014 has been a great year for Jose Altuve. If he continues to play at this level, Jose has to be considered in the conversation for the A.L. Most Valuable Player Award. For now, he will have to settle for his team-leading fifth Star Performer of the Week Award. Way to go, Jose. Keep up the good work.