Jose Altuve (33, Houston Astros)스포츠토토, the “little giant” who missed a lot of games due to injury, has made a full comeback.
The Major League Baseball office announced on Friday that Altuve has been named the American League Reliever of the Week. It’s his fourth career honor and first in six years.
In six games over the past week, Altuve batted .520 with one home run, six doubles, nine RBIs, 13 runs scored, a .613 slugging percentage and a 1.373 OPS.
Notably, Altuve had four consecutive multi-hit games from the Baltimore Orioles on the 10th to the Los Angeles Angels on the 13th. On the 11th, he pounded out four hits (one home run, two doubles).
Through 14 games, Altuve is batting .314 with nine home runs, 27 RBIs, 43 runs scored, 58 RBIs, a .413 slugging percentage and a .948 OPS in 48 games this season.
A very good slash line for a player who has played fewer games due to injury. Altuve’s play has been a huge boost for Houston, who are in contention for the division title.
Altuve, in his 13th year in the majors, is the epitome of a diminutive giant. Prior to this season, he took an extended trip to the dunes during the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
Altuve was also sidelined for a significant amount of time in early July after suffering side pain during batting practice. As a result, he played just 49 games through 14 days.
But Altuve has been perfect down the stretch, which is a huge boost for Houston, which is 2.5 games behind the division lead with 14 days to go.