Astros' Altuve on a tear offensively and defensively

Astros' Altuve on a tear offensively and defensively
September 10, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Monday was just a typical game of late for Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. It was another day, another multi-hit game. At least it’s been that way in September.

In Monday’s 6-4 win at Seattle, Altuve had three hits, including a single in Houston’s four-run ninth inning in which the Astros erased a 3-2 deficit.

“I feel really good because we came back to win the game,” said Altuve. “I’ve been feeling really good at home plate.”

And the results have been better than good. Monday was Altuve’s sixth multi-hit game in September. He also has a six-game hitting streak. That’s a far cry from August when the right-handed hitting Altuve hit .200 in 110 at-bats and was hit-less in his last nine games of the month.

But Altuve has been on a tear in September, since moving up to the 2-hole in the batting order. In nine games in September Altuve is 18-for-40. He leads the majors in hits this month. On Sept. 2 versus the Twins, Altuve tied a career high with four hits.

And Altuve is contributing not only with his offense, but with his glove. He’s made just one error in his last 51 games (all starts). On Monday, Altuve made a play on the back-hand side on a liner hit by Dustin Ackley for the second out of the second inning, reaching out and snagging the hard-hit ball.

“I’m trying to get on base and score runs for my team,” said Altuve, who also had his 32nd stolen base of the season on Monday.” I want to do everything I can. Get on base, play defense, win the game.

“We’re playing as a team and we’re going to keep winning some games.”