Bo Porter thinks Jose Altuve is at the top of his game. As in the whole game.
"My opinion: this guy's the best player in baseball right now," Porter said. "He's going out each and every day and he's proving it."
On Sunday, Altuve was 3-5 with two more stolen bases. It was his fourth straight game with multiple stolen bases. According to the Astros, the last time anybody's done that came in 1917. For the three-game series, Altuve batted .643 with six stolen bases. For the month of June, Altuve batted .424 with 16 stolen bases without being caught stealing at all. He now leads the the major leagues in hits (116) and multi-hit games (35). Along with those two categories, he leads the American League in batting average (.347) and stolen bases (36). He is now threatening the major league lead with that batting average, trailing only Troy Tulowitski's .353 mark. He's only made two errors all year.
"He is amazing," Carlos Corporan said. "It looks like he's playing Playstation right now. The way he carries himself - he's amazing."
"The impact in which Jose Altuve is having on a baseball game, I would have to really sit down and think or have some numbers put in front of me that would make me think that there's someone who's had more of an impact on a baseball game the way he's having an impact right now," Porter said.
Altuve was modest when told of his manager's compliments, about how Porter called him the best in baseball right now.
"He's my manager, he has to say that," Altuve joked. "I think every player here today played like the best player in baseball. We pulled the whole team together. Matt (Dominguez) had three hits. Springer had a double. Feldman threw the ball really good. Corporan. We all played really good today."
That's true. The Astros had 14 hits. Three different players, including Altuve, had three hits apiece. Feldman gave up only two runs in six innings. But the statistics don't lie. Altuve's sustained excellence has been taken to another level.
"The good thing about Altuve is that he always comes here prepared to win and to do something to help us win our ballgames," Corporan said. "That's the big thing about Altuve."
So as the Astros continue their improvement from years past, it's Altuve who stands in the forefront. Statistically, it's not just for the team, it could be said he stands in the forefront for the league and also, arguably, for the entire sport as well.