Altuve went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Monday's 5-3 win over the Blue Jays. Altuve tacked on a key insurance run in the top of the ninth inning, handing his club a two-run lead. The 28-year-old is slashing .317/.388/.456 with 13 homers and 17 stolen bases through 133 games, and he'll serve as a key cog within Houston's offense during its 2018 postseason run.
Altuve went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, three runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's 10-4 win over the Diamondbacks. The steal was his 16th of the year but his first since Aug. 22, and Altuve would need some kind of finish to the season to record his seventh straight 30-SB campaign. Despite his disappointing showing in that category, his .318/.386/.459 slash line is right in line with his career averages.
Altuve is not in the lineup against Detroit on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Altuve will receive a standard breather after starting the past seven games and 19 of the last 20. During his current six-game hit streak, Altuve has slashed .308/.379/.577 with two home runs and three RBI. In his place, Yuli Gurriel will start at second base.
Altuve batted leadoff and went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Tigers. Altuve moved into the leadoff spot because George Springer was given a day off and promptly took Jordan Zimmerman's first pitch over the wall in left. The homer was Altuve's second in three games and extended his hitting streak to six games. The second baseman had been slumping, going hitless in 19 consecutive at-bats before starting the six-game streak. It also appears that Altuve's knee is fine after he banged it in a game Monday.
Altuve banged his knee while attempting to turn a double play in Monday's win over the Tigers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. He stayed in the game and finished 1-for-4. Altuve had spent nearly a month on the disabled list earlier this season with soreness in the same knee, so there was some concern following the play. The second baseman said he was a little sore, but is confident he can play Tuesday.
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