Even by his standards, which includes an American League MVP Award and a World Series championship, José Altuve is having a career week.
Altuve became the first player in MLB this season to homer in five straight games in the Astros' 3-1 win over the Mariners on Saturday, their eighth straight victory, at T-Mobile Park. He extended his personal-best homer streak by lifting a full-count sinker left up in the zone by Felix Hernandez for a 411-foot blast in the fifth.
Even Altuve is surprised by the power barrage he’s unleashing from his 5-foot-6 frame, insisting that he’s not “trying” to slug, but rather, feasting on pitches in an optimum contact point, typically up in the zone.
“I’m not the power hitter that we’re all seeing right now, but I’ll take it,” Altuve said. “If I can keep hitting homers for my team, I’ll be happy.”
Altuve is the first Astros player to go deep in five straight games since Morgan Ensberg set a franchise record by homering in six straight from April 15-21, 2006. Saturday’s showing followed Altuve’s go-ahead grand slam in Friday's win, which was the Astros' seventh straight victory. Altuve has six homers during his streak and seven this season.