Houston Astros second baseman José Altuve is certainly a dramatic talent, a staple of his game, and has emerged countless times over the years.
Against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, Altuve marked the 10th anniversary of his major league debut by hitting a pair of solo home runs to speed up the Astros’ 9-3 home run. He finished 2-4 in his 1,374th career game with Houston.
He and the Astros will pursue a three-game series sweep on Wednesday.
Altuve made its debut on July 20, 2011. He was then named to seven All-Star teams, won three batting titles, and was named the American League Most Valuable Player in 2017, the season that ended with Astros’ first World Series title. It’s a pretty resume for an unprecedented outlook.
“The last three or four days have been a lot of emotions in my body. It’s not easy to be ten years. This is very special to me. It makes a lot of sense, especially for me. The teams and teammates you have, this is even more special.
“Another dream has come true. I am very grateful.”
Right-handed Lance McCullers Jr. (7-2, 2.80 ERA) will start in Houston on Wednesday. He recorded the best 10 strikeouts of the season on his final start, limiting the Chicago White Sox to two hits in seven innings and one run in two walks on Friday.
McCullers allowed less than two runs in six consecutive starts, 4-1 in 2.57 ERA, 40 strikeouts in 35 innings, and .194 / .293 / .302 slash lines.
He scored 5.82 ERA with four career starts against the Indians, 2 to 2. This included a 6-3 road win on July 2nd, allowing 2 runs with 6 hits in 5 1/3 innings and 4 walks with 8 strikeouts. It was.
Rookie right-handed Eli Morgan (1-3, 7.86 ERA) launches the Indians series finale. He pitched to 6.30 ERA with 22 strikeouts, allowing his opponent .853 OPS, with 5 innings on each of the previous 4 starts.
Morgan won one of these expeditions, limiting the Detroit Tigers to four runs and four strikeouts with six hits on June 28, with an Indian 13-5 victory.
He played against the Astros on the next start, allowing three runs with five hits and two walks with three strikeouts on July 3, losing 3-2. Morgan allowed at least one home run in each of the six starts this season. ..
Morgan will be the third consecutive rookie to play against the Astros in the series, joining JC Messiah and Triston McKenzie. The latter avoids big innings until Houston records 6 runs in the 5th inning.
The Astros haven’t seen Indian’s top three starters in the seven-game season series as both Shane Bieber and Aaron Civale were on the injured list and Zach Plesac threw a series finale against Oakland Athletics on Sunday. did.
Houston’s veteran lineup presents a formidable challenge. The reliance of Indians on a rookie right-handed trio has become a tremendous chore, with no surprising results so far.
“I think I was four innings (and) ten base runners, just like last night,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Mackenzie.
“He was aggressive with his fastball, and first and foremost it was really important. It was good because he wasn’t away from it.”
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Indians send a third straight rookie pitcher to face the Astros
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