Altuve went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Indians. Altuve has responded to his first bout of adversity this season splendidly. After going 16 at-bats without a hit, the second baseman has hit safely in six straight games, going 9-for-23 with three doubles and three RBI during the run. The reigning AL MVP maintains a good average and on-base percentage, but a perplexing drop in power -- just two home runs over 48 games -- has left fantasy owners wanting more.
Altuve went 2-for-3 with a three-run double in Tuesday's win over the Angels. Altuve come up with the bases loaded in the eighth, trailing by two, and cleared the bases with a double -- his 10th of the year -- off reliever Jose Alvarez. Altuve hasn't quite found his home-run swing yet (he hit 24 homers last year) but he's still contributing with a .311 batting average, 20 RBI and 23 runs on the season.
Altuve replaced the injured George Springer (elbow) as the leadoff hitter and went 0-for-4 in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Rangers. Altuve, who has played all 41 of Houston's games, has gone eight consecutive at-bats without a hit and had not gone hitless in two consecutive outings until Saturday. Springer's expected to sit out the final game of Texas series Sunday, so we could get another look at Altuve atop the Astros' order, unless manager A.J. Hinch regards Altuve's "slump" as a need to rest the second baseman.
Altuve went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's 4-1 win over Oakland. The stolen base was the second of the season, which is atypical behavior out of the second baseman, who has averaged 37 steals over the previous six seasons. As for Altuve's slugging -- the other area where he's experienced a noticeable dip in 2018 -- he's racked up five extra-base hits over his last 26 at-bats after compiling just seven over his first 131 at-bats.
Altuve went 1-for-4 with a triple in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Diamondbacks. Altuve completed his season cycle, hitting his first triple of 2018. His power numbers are down through the first five weeks of the season. He entered Sunday's contest with a .417 slugging percentage, down 130 points from where finished last season, and a .093 ISO (.201 in 2017).
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