CBS Houston – Jose Altuve is putting together the type of monster season that is starting to put him in the running for the American League Most Valuable Player (MVP).
On the year the second basemen leads the major leagues with .359 batting average. No one else in the American league is even within 25 points of his average.
Not to mention but Altuve who stands at a generous 5’6 is belting out home runs like someone twice his size.
Tronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson who is no stranger to hitting home runs or winning the MVP has taken notice of what Altuve has been able to do this season.
“The .350 (batting average) I’m not as impressed with that as how he’s been able to hit homers this year and some opposite field homers,” Josh Donaldson told sportsradio610.com, “.350, I feel like that’s just a good year for him cause he’s a good hitter, he’s got speed and he’s able to get some infield hits, but I’ve been impressed with how he’s been able to drive the ball this year which has been nice.”
Altuve this season has hit a career high 19 home runs, and his shots are not just cheap little flicks to the Crawford boxes at Minute Maid park, 11 of his home runs have been measured at 400 feet or more.
Wednesday Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada allowed only one run to the Houston Astros. Of course, it was from Altuve who launched a double to left field driving in Marwin Gonzalez.
Estrada who is a teammate of Donaldson the reigning MVP, shared a little bit on the potential MVP race.
“I know (Jose) Altuve’s batting average is really high (but) I don’t get to see him every day like I do (Josh) Donaldson,” Marco Estrada said, “Donaldson is putting together another MVP year so I am sure it’s going to come down to the wire.”
The past two season’s Altuve he has gotten MVP votes, with each year finishing higher and higher among his peers.
This year the short speedster not only seems to be a lock to finish in the top five but if his numbers continue trending up words, you might be looking at the first Astros MVP since Jeff Bagwell brought the honors to Houston after his massive 1994 season.
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