Astros manager Bo Porter has tinkered with the team’s batting order all season, and for now will go with second baseman Jose Altuve batting second and All-Star catcher Jason Castro following him in the lineup.
With the move, right fielder L.J. Hoes is batting eighth for the second consecutive game. Hoes recently had found a spot in the two-hole. In 27 starts since coming over in the Bud Norris trade, Hoes has batted second 17 games, batted eighth in nine games and once batted ninth in the order.
“(Hoes) kind of hit a snag a little and I wanted to get him out of the two-hole and get Altuve actually in the two-hole and get Jason in the three-hole,” said Porter. “So it was a multitude of thoughts that went behind it.
“Altuve’s hit second this year, he’s hit third, he’s hit first. I just thought there was an opportunity there to get Altuve in the two-hole and move Hoes back to the eighth spot, in which he’s had success in the eighth spot as well.”
Altuve recently has been batting third in the batting order.
The move was made more in that Altuve, who leads the club with 34 multi-hit games, and Castro are hitting the ball well. Altuve had three hits and scored the go-ahead run in Sunday’s 2-0 home win over the Seattle Mariners. Castro drove in Altuve and scored the second run on Sunday.
In August, Castro hit .338 (27-for-80) with five home runs, 14 RBIs and a 1.067 OPS, which was third in the American League.
Hoes has hit safely in 13 of his last 18 games for a .306 average in that span. Hoes has had 10 multi-hit games since joining the Astros.
Hoes is the designated hitter on Monday. It’s the first time Hoes has been DH for the Astros.
On Sunday, Hoes made the catch of the game for the second out of the ninth inning in foul territory while playing right field. Hoes made a long run to the ball and made a sliding catch just before brushing up against the padded right-field wall.