Who won the first matchup of Correa versus Altuve? That’s easy, Astros fans because they are both on their team.
Astros fans who are going to spring training may be upset that some of the star players are not in camp. There are 8 of them participating in the World Baseball Classic. No Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, or Alex Bregman for you Astros fans. However, you get to watch them play for their respective countries in the WBC. One interesting matchup was yesterday’s Venezuela and Puerto Rico matchup, which the later won.
It was brother versus brother if you consider Altuve and Correa Astros’ brothers. The older Altuve was the team’s MVP last year in Houston, but Correa could take the next step in 2017. Yesterday, the younger Astro showed up Altuve with some great defensive plays and his bat.
We could be getting a glimpse of the future with Correa playing third base for Puerto Rico. While Correa is the Astros shortstop for now with Alex Bregman playing third base, some feel he will move to third base later in his career. Correa was willing to move over for Francisco Lindor for the WBC.
He made a few dives to his right that would have gotten a tip of the hat from Bregman. He was able to bounce a throw to first base to get the runner at first. Later in the game, he had a solo homer to straight center field. Another good sign was that Correa was able to steal a base. It was the Correa show in the 11-0 win versus Venezuela.
Altuve is not having the best Spring, but there is no concern in the Houston front office. He went 0-2 with a walk in that contest but had a double the night before. Altuve is probably one of the top-10 players in baseball right now.
You have to ask yourself, how long will the Astros be able to keep this group of young stars? Will the two ever be on opposing teams in the MLB? Too soon to see what Correa will do, but the Astros have till 2019 to decide what to do with Altuve. Until then, this was an epic matchup between two teammates. Can’t wait for April 3!
Team Venezuela is about to begin, and team Puerto Rico will play later tonight.
***Stats from MLB At-Bat***