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Jose Altuve Wins American League Silver Slugger

Altuve won his fifth consecutive AL Silver Slugger award

November 08, 2018 - 10:58 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has won his fifth consecutive Silver Slugger Award since 2014. The Silver Slugger Award names him as the top offensive player at his position in the American League in 2018. Altuve joins Craig Biggio as the only players in franchise history to win five Silver Slugger Awards.

Altuve is the just the second second baseman to win five straight at the position since the award was conceived in 1980. Altuve, 28, hit .316 (169x534) with 29 doubles, 13 home runs, 61 RBI, 17 stolen bases and an .837 OPS (.386 OBP/.451 SLG) in 137 games for the Astros this season. He earned his sixth All-Star appearance (fourth start) and finished third in the AL in batting average and sixth in on-base percentage.

Among AL second baseman, Altuve ranked first in batting average, OBP and slugging, while ranking second in hits and runs scored (84) and third in stolen bases. He was on pace for another 200-hit season, which he’s reached four times, but was slowed in the second half of play with right knee soreness, which ultimately required offseason surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery and to be ready to play next Spring Training.