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Jose Altuve had a Great Road Trip

Aug 11, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) hits a single against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

While the Astros offense struggled during this most recent road trip, it wasn’t because of a lack of production at the top of the lineup. Altuve, the Astros leadoff man, killed the Rangers, Athletics, and Giants with singles and good at-bats.

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Altuve hit .269 (7 for 26) in the home stand against the Angels and Diamondbacks and then went on the road and hit .315 (11 for 35). If you take out the Rangers series, Altuve is hitting .429 in his last five games (9 for 21), which included four games against Oakland and one against San Francisco.

It’s well-documented that Altuve absolutely destroys Oakland in his career, which is good because Danny Valencia countered him on this past road trip by mashing against Astros pitching. It’s unfortunate that Carlos Gomez and Carlos Correa had poor road trips, because Altuve was on base a lot during their plate appearances.

Altuve only hurt himself a couple of times on the base paths, when he was caught stealing on Sunday against Oakland and yesterday against San Francisco. I don’t think you can blame Altuve for trying to swipe some bases and get ahead when no one is hitting behind him. I have no problem with him going for that extra base when no one is producing in the rest of the lineup.

I used to think that when Altuve is hitting, the rest of the Astros team is hitting. I thought he was the main catalyst for this offense, but this road trip has me questioning those beliefs. I guess Astros fans will learn who the real energizer bunny is for this team once Springer returns.

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