Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jose Altuve's three Game 1 homers traveled 219.3 Altuves

HOUSTON – This is important:

When Jose Altuve broke into the Majors in 2011, baseball fans entrances by his small stature invented the measurement “Altuves,” which in turn inspired the conversion website HowManyAltuves.com. But at the time, Altuve – who jumped straight to the big-leagues from Class AA ball and never graced a Baseball America Top 100 prospects list – was seen as more of a novelty act than a potential future Hall of Famer.

Listed – perhaps generously – at 5’6″, Altuve cemented his outsized legend on Thursday in the Astros’ 8-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS, hitting a pair of homers off starter Chris Sale and another against reliever Austin Maddox to become only the ninth player in MLB history to hit three home runs in a postseason game.

After the game, Altuve said he had never hit three home runs in a game in his life, at any level.

“It’s kind of crazy, I never hit three homers,” he said. “So what happened today is new for me, and I’m really happy that it happened in a playoff game.”

The last player to homer three times in a postseason game was Pablo Sandoval for the Giants against the Tigers in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series. Justin Verlander, the winning pitcher for the Astros on Thursday, had a pretty good view of that feat as well.

“The last time I’ve seen three home runs in a game was Pablo Sandoval and I gave up two of them, so I’m glad there’s somebody new that’s done it,” the pitcher said after the game.

After hitting .346 with a .957 OPS, 24 homers and 32 steals in the regular season, Altuve is the presumptive favorite to win the AL MVP Award. He and the Astros will face the Red Sox again in Game 2 of the series on Friday.

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