Jose Altuve is the reigning MVP of the American League, leads the majors with a .343 batting average, the Houston Astros are having an excellent season … and yet we have barely talked about him and that seems like a Little strange. After all, man is a baseball treasure and we should always remember it.
Altuve went 4-for-4 with two homers against Nathan Eovaldi in the Astros' 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Here's the first one, and it reminded me of a hit from Joe DiMaggio's old school or someone like that, partly because Altuve stays away from the plate as hitters used to come back in the day, instead of filling the plate like a lot of hitters. today:
– Houston Astros (@astros) June 21, 2018
] If you stop the video right at the end of Altuve's swing, notice how far it is from the plate. However, it is so fast in the area that it can trigger internal launches. Here's a strange statistic from Altuve, his home / road is divided over the last two seasons, including this two-home game:
Local: .304 / .361 / .447, 13 HR, 33 BB, 77 SO  Road: .386 / .450 / .608, 18 HR, 51 BB, 51 SO
On the way, it's Rogers Hornsby. At home, it's still pretty good, but more like 2018 Jed Lowrie. I'm not sure what's happening here. It could be just one of those things, but in 2016 he hit .376 on the road and .299 at home. He was much better at home early in his career. The statistic that appears is the proportion of strikeouts to walk. It's even on the road, but more than 2 to 1 at home.
I do not know if he just does not see the ball in Minute Maid Park, or maybe he's more aggressive at home trying to hit homers. His swing index is basically identical at home and away from home (48.0 percent at home versus 47.8 percent), but his failure rate jumps from 14.8 percent on the way to 19.2 percent at home.
It is worth noting, however, that the entire team has beaten worse at home in the last two seasons, with .782 OPS at home against .832 on the road. In fact, despite its reputation as a batter's stadium, and there's no question that some cheap home runs can be hit at Crawford Boxes on the left, Minute Maid really qualifies as a pitchers' park. ESPN park factors ranked Minute Maid 27 in 2018, ahead of only Dodger Stadium, Oakland Coliseum and Citi Field. He qualified last in 2017 (although the average in homers).
Anyway, Altuve is now hitting .347 with seven homers. The power is a bit lower than last season, but this guy is still a wizard at the plate and could be on his way to his fourth batting title.
Stanton becomes a real Yankee: The Mariners and Yankees tied 5-5 at the end of the ninth when Giancarlo Stanton got two outs and one runner. Yankees host Michael Kay mentioned that Stanton was still looking for his signature moment for the Yankees. Two pitches later, Ryan Cook hung a 0-2 slider and Stanton delivered his 453-foot baseball joy moment:
That's an emphatic way to end a ball game!
After connecting a 119.4 mph single in the 4th inning, @ Giancarlo818 stepped up to the ninth and threw a burst of 117.9 mph and 453 feet for the most hit home run in #statcast history. pic.twitter.com/YMkyqEC7Px
– #Statcast (@statcast) June 21, 2018
There's the 2017 Stanton. Let's hope he stays for the summer.
– The Captain's Blog (@ williamnyy23) June 21, 2018
Stanton smiled quickly during his post-game interview, but responded in first team mode about his best time with a uniform of the Yankees. "We came from behind, I did not worry about my personal signature moment," he said. "We all fight back, we squeak, we knock one off the board one by one, happy to be able to get it for us."
The Yankees recovered from a 5-0 deficit, including Gary Sanchez's two-run homer to Alex. Colomé to tie the game in the eighth. The Yankees lead the majors in runs per game and home runs. With 120 homers in 71 games, they're on track for 274, which would break the record of 264 set by the 1997 Mariners.
What's scary about the American League: What if Stanton gets hot?
Stanton through 70 games, 2018: .255 / .329 / .504, 18 HR
Stanton through 70 games, 2017: .272 / .351 / .532, 18 HR
Stanton rest of the way, 2017: .289 /. 394 / .711, 41 HR
Jason Heyward has a cannon: The Cubs beat the Dodgers 4-0 when Jon Lester won his fifth consecutive start, although he recorded only one strikeout in seven tickets. That was the first game of this season when an opener reached seven innings with one or fewer strikeouts. Lester received help from Heyward with this release:
Sometimes you need to learn the hard way. pic.twitter.com/dDKdzVg0yi
– Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 20, 2018
Bradford Doolittle writes from Chicago that the Cubs have notified him: they are the team to beat in the National League.
Best night for scripts in MLB history: The Rangers beat the Royals 3-2, but they made history in a unique way:
Rangers pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx and receiver Isiah Kiner-Falefa forming the first battery with the nickname of hype in the history of MLB tonight, but it is disappointing to see that a large part of the script of Kiner-Falefa is obscured by the protector of his chest. pic.twitter.com/51raPb8xJG
– Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) June 21, 2018
This was the first game behind the plate for Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who started three games there in Triple-A before his call and 67 in his minor league career. He is a very interesting player, since he can play shortstop and has published excellent defensive metrics in third base with a plus of 7 defensive runs in just 288 innings. He has hit .255 / .332 / .363 and it looks like he's going to have a good career as a coach, especially if he adds a receiver to his versatility.
The best night for Josh Smiths in minor league history: The Pawtucket Red Sox beat Buffalo Bisons 10-2. The winning pitcher: Josh D. Smith, who allowed one hit in six innings without allowing runs. Obtain the salvation of three entries: Josh A. Smith. Josh D. is a 28-year-old southpaw who has never pitched in the big leagues, but has a 2.51 ERA as a swing player for Pawtucket. Josh A. is a 30-year right that he pitched for the Reds in 2015 and 2016 and made 26 appearances with the Athletics last year.
Random tweet of the night: This is quite funny:
I'm not a great friend of Facebook, but tonight I checked almost all my unread messages there. I just found out that I had a contract offer in 2014 that I never knew. pic.twitter.com/0Vb1LAoM2i
– Pat Neshek (@PatNeshek) June 21, 2018
Neshek took advantage of the minor league contract with the Cardinals for his appearance in the All-Star Game in 2014 – and he made another All-Star team in 2017. He has lost all of 2018 for the Phillies with a shoulder strain and then a forearm strain.
Max Scherzer's True Folly: Check out Eddie Matz's story about the Nationals ace and his obsessive quest for a third Cy Young Award.