Alvarez launched a pinch-hit, three-run home run in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Royals.
While he didn't get the start, Alvarez still had an impact, breaking open a 2-1 game with his eighth-inning blast. He already holds the Astros' franchise rookie record for homers in a season with 25 (and counting), and he needs just two more in Houston's final 12 games to reach 50 on the season between his exploits at Triple-A and in the majors.
Alvarez is not in Saturday's lineup against the Royals, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
He is hitting .302/.400/.605 with three home runs in 11 games this month. Michael Brantley will be the designated hitter while Kyle Tucker gets a start in left field.
Alvarez went 2-for-5 with two home runs in a 15-0 win over the Athletics on Monday.
Alvarez hit two solo home runs in his first two at-bats to give him 24 on the season. The second home run had a 113.5 MPH exit velocity with a 36-degree launch angle and landed in the upper deck in right field at Minute Maid Park. Alvarez set the franchise record for rookie home runs in a season with the first blast, playing in only 71 games. Alvarez has a .316/.409/.673 slash line in 308 plate appearances.
Alvarez went 4-for-6 with three doubles, six RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 21-1 win over Seattle.
Alvarez's remarkable rookie season continues unabated. He's slugging .655 with a 1.064 OPS while knocking in 70 runs over 70 games. He's unlikely to meet the minimum number of plate appearances to qualify as a leader in batting categories, but Alvarez ranks second in slugging and third in OPS among players with at least 300 plate appearances.
Alvarez is not starting Tuesday against the Brewers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
With the series taking place in Milwaukee, Alvarez got the start in left field Monday, but he won't have a spot in Tuesday's lineup. The Astros will be happy to have no more interleague games remaining on the schedule, as Alvarez owns an incredible .317/.413/.671 slash line in his first 66 career big-league games.
Alvarez went 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI in Tuesday's 15-1 rout of the Rays.
The rookie launched a three-run shot off Andrew Kittredge in the fifth inning, then added a solo shot in the seventh off Michael Brosseau after Tampa had thrown in the towel by using position players on the mound. Alvarez is slashing an eye-popping .329/.420/.703 through his first 60 big-league games with 21 homers and 62 RBI.
Alvarez is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Angels, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Alvarez will take a seat for the series opener after starting the last 23 contests and posting a 1.149 OPS with eight homers, 22 RBI and 18 walks. George Springer will serve as the designed hitter Friday while Jake Marisnick starts in center field.
Alvarez walked in all four of his plate appearances Tuesday in the Astros' 6-3 win over the Tigers.
Despite not accruing an at-bat, Alvarez still had a very noteworthy performance with his four-walk outing. According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, the 22-year-old became the youngest player to walk four times in a game since Barry Bonds achieved the feat as a 21-year-old in 1986. Alvarez's on-base percentage now sits at .424, good for third among all players with at least 200 plate appearances since the rookie debuted June 9.
Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in an 8-4 loss against the Athletics on Saturday.
The 22-year-old supplied the only Astros offense after the third inning during the defeat. The rookie is batting .344 but even more impressively, he already has 19 home runs in 192 at-bats. He's owns a .719 slugging percentage, 55 RBI and 34 runs in 52 games as well.
Alvarez went 2-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks in Friday's 3-2 extra-innings loss to the Athletics.
Alvarez reached in all four of his plate appearances before being replaced by pinch runner Jake Marisnick after doubling in the eighth inning. The rookie designated hitter has posted a .339/.425/.688 line with 17 homers, 52 RBI and 15 doubles in 219 plate appearances this season.
Alvarez went 3-for-5 with three home runs, four runs scored, seven RBI and a walk in Saturday's 23-2 win over the Orioles.
The Astros flexed their offensive muscles Saturday and no one showcased himself more than Alvarez, who now has 17 homers through his first 45 career games. The 22-year-old rookie has a .353/.432/.743 slash line with 30 runs scored and 51 RBI in only 192 plate appearances.
Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Tuesday in the Astros' 11-6 win over the Rockies.
Alvarez took German Marquez deep in the second inning for his 14th home run, making him the first Astros player in franchise history to reach that total within his first 50 games, per ESPN Stats & Info. The rookie will put an eight-game on-base streak on the line in the series finale Wednesday, when he'll bat cleanup while occupying the designated hitter spot.
Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a walk in Friday's 10-2 win over the Mariners.
He blasted a 435-foot homer off Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi in the second inning to open the scoring. Alvarez also scored on a two-run blast by Carlos Correa in the fifth inning. It's the 13th homer of the year for the rookie, who has added 39 RBI and 24 runs scored in 39 games this season. Alvarez has found a home as the everyday designated hitter in Houston, where he's produced a .336/.421/.699 line over 143 at-bats.
Alvarez went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in Thursday's 7-1 win over the Indians.
With the return of Carlos Correa to the roster, the Astros now have their most dangerous offensive lineup. Alvarez has maintained his spot in the middle of the order, batting fifth with Correa providing support behind him in the six hole.
Alvarez is scheduled to start in left field Sunday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
With Houston playing in St. Louis over the weekend, manager AJ Hinch does not have the designated hitter for three games. Alvarez sat out Friday and will sit out Saturday as well. Come Tuesday, when the Astros are in Cleveland, Alvarez can slot into his usual DH spot until the next series in an NL city, which comes Sept. 2 and 3 in Milwaukee.
Alvarez is not in the lineup Friday against the Cardinals, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
There's a chance Alvarez will play the outfield this weekend with no DH spot available during Houston's three-game series in St. Louis, but he'll head to the bench for Friday's series opener as the Astros go with an outfield consisting of Michael Brantley, George Springer and Josh Reddick. Through his first 32 big-league games, Alvarez is slashing .320/.397/.664 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI.
Alvarez could make a start in left field at some point during the weekend series in St. Louis, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Alvarez has played the field occasionally, but 25 of his 30 big-league starts thus far have come as a designated hitter. He was stuck on the bench for both of the Astros' games in Colorado in early July, but the Cardinals' outfield isn't nearly as large as the Rockies' is, so he may not face the same fate during this interleague series.
Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a homer, a double, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk in Monday's 11-1 win over Oakland.
Alvarez opened the game's scoring with a solo blast in the second inning, his 11th of the season. He later doubled in a run as part of a massive seven-run third for the Astros. The rookie slugger has racked up 35 RBI alongside his 1.130 OPS over his first 133 plate appearances.
Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 4-3 win over the Rangers.
All four Houston runs scored on solo shots, with Alvarez's third-inning blast -- the tail end of a back-to-back-to-back set with Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman -- proving to be the game-winner. The rookie slugger now has 10 homers and 32 RBI through his first 27 big-league contests to go along with a sizzling .327/.400/.692 slash line.
Alvarez returned to the lineup Thursday and went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in a 6-2 win over the Angels.
Alvarez's knee is still bothersome, per manager AJ Hinch, who held the prospect out of Wednesday's game. He's hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games, going 17-for-46 (.370) with two home runs and 13 RBI.
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