In the seventh inning of the 9-5 victory over Oakland A on Friday night, Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker hit the ball and fell to the ground. To my frustration, he wasted RBI opportunity while teammate Jose Altuve stood. At third base.
When A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus moved to the right, drifted backward, and routinely caught the pop-up window when he exceeded the infield dirt by about 10 feet in the shallow right court, Al Tuft caught him off guard. Andrews paused for a moment before realizing that Altof was going home and slid in safely before Andrews desperately threw.
The hustle and bustle of the game gave Tucker an unexpected RBI and gave the Astros a 6-2 lead. Altuf and his teammates smiled. Altuve became his first four batsmen last Friday, and it was George Springer who suppressed the role of the first five seasons.
Statcast data shows that Altof’s sprint speed from third to second is 30.4 feet per second, which means he is flying. A sprint speed of 30 feet per second is considered excellent (the MLB average is 27).
Entering only two games this season, the Astro team has that emotion and rush-as Altuve’s crazy dash shows-almost nothing last year, when they improved their regular season record to a record of 29-31. . Altuve has had the worst year of his career, but he has started a dynamic and fast start in 2021.
Altuve’s seventh inning-a quarter of his score on Friday-was the difference in the game before Astros played in the ninth and scored three innings to open it.