Another year, another postseason appearance for the Houston Astros. Although they haven’t officially clinched their spot as the second seed in the American League (with their magic number at 2), which of their star batters will shine the brightest come October?
Jose Altuve is without a doubt, one of the ‘Stros best players in the postseason. Some of his most notable achievements have come from the postseason. He became the 10th player all-time to hit three homers in a playoff game back in 2017, and he even ended the Yankees season with one swing back in 2019.
The Astros will lean on the veteran presence that Altuve brings. Jose is currently batting with a .276 batting average with 30 home runs and an on-base percentage of .351. In the postseason, however, Altuve brings in a batting average of .306, an OPS of .378, and 18 home runs.
Altuve has shown what he can do this season from the leadoff spot, and with their first opponent most likely being the Chicago White Sox, Houston will need Jose to “lift off”
Alex Bregman has had a rough 2021 season, he was out for two months with a hamstring injury, but since being activated on August 25th, Bregman has returned with a vengeance. Bregman has batted with an average of .372 since August 25th with two home runs.
Bregman will also have to try and keep his October 5th home run streak alive, which stands at four consecutive years.
Bregman struggled last postseason, but with the way he’s currently playing, expect to see some more “Breggy-Bombs” this October.
Kyle Tucker is only one of the handful of young talent that the Astros have accumulated throughout the years. This will be Tucker’s second postseason as a starter, but don’t let that distract you from his stats so far this season.
Tucker is currently batting a .291 average with 28 home runs, including his first career grand slam.
Tucker will be without a doubt, one of the Astros brightest stars in October, as he’s on pace for a monster postseason.
Much like Kyle Tucker, this will also be Yordan’s second postseason as a starter. In his first postseason as a rookie in 2019, the Astros made it to the World Series in which Yordan (who had been quiet all postseason) had his first career postseason home run.
Yordan has once again been tearing it up similar to his rookie season, he’s batting .291 with 32 home runs.
Now with more experience under his belt, Yordan will be hungry for more than just one home run.
While the Astros have no shortage of power from top to bottom of their lineup, it’s no secret that they’ll be a force in October. As we watch them battle it out, watch for these players to make the biggest impact in hopes of bringing another title to H-Town.
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