The Houston Astros second baseman was clutch at the plate in ALCS Game 4, but has been a disaster on the base path 24 hours later
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has had a rollercoaster week in the ALCS against the Tampa Bay Rays. Altuve made three brutal fielding errors in Games 2 and 3, but redeemed himself in Game 4 on Thursday by knocking in two runs in Houston’s 4-2 win. The honeymoon ended for the former AL MVP on Thursday, but not in the batters box or the field. This time, it was on the base-path.
With the Astros up 1-0 following George Springer’s leadoff home run, Altuve managed to force a walk in the bottom of the first inning with one walk on the board. After Alex Bregman flew out, Altuve was caught snoozing during Carlos Correa’s at-bat, as he was picked off on first base to end the inning.
Altuve having no semblance of luck this series
Altuve has nearly been unbeatable in the first inning this series. Through five games, Altuve has hit three home runs in the first inning, with his latest coming in Game 4 on Wednesday night. That was also Altuve’s 18th postseason homer, which tied him with Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson for fifth all-time.
Sure, the Astros held an early 1-0 lead, but they’re facing the end of the line. One more loss spells the end for Houston’s improbable playoff run. There’s little room for error, especially Altuve’s blunder at first base.