José altuve He finished the 2022 regular season batting for a .300 batting average, something he hadn't done since 2018, when he posted .316 in 137 games.
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For the Venezuelan, this is his sixth season with a batting percentage of .300 or more, which places him as the member of the Astros franchise with the most contests of that caliber, surpassing Jeff Bagwell and Puerto Rican José Cruz; both with five. In addition to one of six compatriots with six or more seasons with that average. The others on that list are Bob Abreu; also with six, Andrés Galarraga (7), Magglio Ordóñez and Víctor Martínez with eight each, and Miguel Cabrera with 11.
Meanwhile, a tremendous batting pace made it possible for 'Astroboy' to stand out offensively, since since the beginning of August he had averaged .343 (201-69) with 20 doubles, nine home runs, 20 RBIs and 46 runs scored.
His offense was key for the sidereals, who with the presence of the Venezuelan since that date won 36 games, which was definitive for the troop led by Dusty Baker not only to tie the first place in the division, but the best record in the League American; which assures them to start the postseason at home.
Similarly, 'Tuve' was only two hits away from reaching 160 hits for the ninth time in his career, although he had his fourth most in doubles (39) and the second most in home runs (28); which allowed him to add the highest number of extra-base hits in his career (67) in addition to reaching 600 for life, being the eighth batter and first Venezuelan second baseman to reach that amount.
Now, we were facing one of the most balanced harvests of José Altuve in his career, as he accumulated the third personal best both in on-base percentage (.387), as well as in Slugging (.533) and OPS (.921), which also resulted in a 160 OPS+ or adjusted, which matches the best of his career; achieved in that 2017 harvest, where he was MVP and winner of the silver bat of the new circuit in the intermediate.
Pride of Venezuela and the navigators of Magallanes arraez deserves that batting title