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Jose Altuve Newsbeat

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kepner (NYT): Astros’ Jose Altuve Doesn’t Let Height Be a Disadvantage

Yes, today is the 63rd anniversary of Eddie Gaedel’s appearance. WHAT ARE YOU IMPLYING.

The Houston Astros may be the most data-driven organization in baseball, or at least the one most willing to try new ideas. Yet there are no statistical models that would project the smallest player in the majors to be the game’s best hitter.

That is what Jose Altuve is, as measured by batting average. Before Tuesday’s game at Yankee Stadium, Altuve was leading the major leagues, at .339. He led the majors in hits with 173, and led the American League in stolen bases with 46.

Altuve is also 5 feet 6, matching San Diego’s Alexi Amarista as the game’s shortest player, according to Baseball-Reference.com…

Altuve, who could become the first Astro to win a batting crown, brings a set of extremes. Before Tuesday, he had seen only 3.17 pitches per plate appearance, the fewest in the majors. Yet he put the highest percentage of pitches in play (27.3 percent), and only Detroit’s Victor Martinez has been tougher to strike out.

Altuve could become the first player to lead his league in batting average, hits and steals since Ichiro Suzuki for Seattle in 2001. He was on pace for 224 hits and 59 steals before Tuesday’s game. Only one player in the last 100 years has reached totals that high in both categories in a single season: Willie Wilson for Kansas City in 1980.

 

The District Attorney Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM | 35 comment(s)
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