The Houston Astros are in quite the groove lately. This team went a staggering 19-9 in the month of June and has rattled off five straight wins to kick off July. Keep in mind, Houston was 19-5 before dropping their final four games last month.
The fireworks continued in Houston on Tuesday night after the Astros pulled off a thrilling 9-6 victory over the divisional foes Oakland Athletics, increasing their lead in the AL West to 4.5 games. Designated Hitter Yordan Alvarez played the biggest role in this win, coming back for his first game since the birth of his son on Friday.
Alvarez put up a monster stat line, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and 5 RBIs. It's easy to see that second baseman Jose Altuve was loving every second of it.
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“[Yordan Alvarez] can do everything at home plate – walk, hit doubles, home runs. He’s an RBI machine. As I said earlier, I’m grateful to God that he could be part of our team.”- Jose Altuve
The praise can't even be described as hyperbolical given Alvarez's monster night at the dish. After falling down by three runs quickly in the first innings, Alvarez blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to one. Then, he came up later in the fifth inning, trailing three runs, and put the icing on the cake for his return with a three-run monster big fly.
In just his third MLB season, Alvarez is mashing .308/.378/.559 at the plate with 16 home runs and 56 RBIs. He's been a huge part of Houston's success and currently the Astros have the second-best odds to win the World Series (+600), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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