Unable to hit a single hit in his first 25 official at bats in the playoffs, Jose Altuve has recovered. He was one of the main architects of his Astros' 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Houston.
Altuve had three hits in the second game of the World Series, allowing his team to tie the game at 1-1. The second baseman started the game strong, slamming a double on the first pitch of the game. The Astros then scored three runs before the end of the first inning.
“I feel like that early momentum got the crowd in the game, got our dugout in the game and allowed our offense to get going,” Alex Bregman said after the game, according to Major League Baseball’s official website.
Altuve, who was called the “heart of the team” by Lance McCullers Jr., said it was mostly a matter of patience in the batting box.
“At the start of the playoffs, I was going for all the throws, and then I slowly improved to choose my throws, explained the principal interested party. Yes, I had a hit on a pitch practically over my head [Saturday]. But it was a hit, so that's good.”
Syndergaard vs. McCullers Jr.
After using Ranger Suarez on Friday, Phillies manager Rob Thomson had to change his rotation a bit, so Noah Syndergaard will start the third game of this final.
Suarez was to be on the mound for the fourth meeting. Monday's day off is definitely impacting that effect.
“We think for Game 4 he can at least give us… We can extend his presence a bit more than we we couldn't if he started Game 3,” explained the manager.
In the Houston clan, McCullers Jr. will be in charge on Monday. This will be his first World Series start since Game 7 in 2017, when he helped the Astros earn top honors for the first time.
“It's a very important game. , underlined the manager Dusty Baker. I think he can keep the ball in the stadium with his droop and slide.”