More and more baseball observers are taking note of Jose Altuve. And not just because of his height.
The Astros second baseman gave another reminder on Friday night of how come the Houston fans have taken to him.
After a double in the third inning where Altuve showed plenty of hustle, he made it to third on a Jason Castro groundout. Then, on what seemed like a harmless Alexi Ogando wild pitch that glanced off of Geovany Soto and only advanced a bit down the first-base line, Altuve bolted home. He was pretty much at the plate before Soto realized, much too late, what was going on, and the Astros had themselves a 2-1 lead.
"It's great reaction," Bo Porter said. "He broke the minute the ball started down. It kicked away and he was on his way coming home, so great anticipation by Altuve and great heads-up play."
"He's a baseball player," Trevor Crowe said. "I mean, there's no doubt about it. Offensively, obviously he swings the bat, he hits every year, but the way he runs the bases, the way he plays defense, I mean, all facets of the game, he does his job."