The ALDS gets underway this afternoon, and the first game will start at 3:37 p.m. Eastern Time.
That will be between the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros, two AL West rivals.
And when the game starts, a certain Astro will be chasing some history.
The Astro in question is Jose Altuve, who is no stranger to hitting in the postseason and has done it quite well for so many years.
Altuve has hit 23 career postseason home runs, trailing only Manny Ramirez, who hit 29 postseason homers during his storied career.
Altuve will begin his chase for the all-time postseason home run record.
José Altuve has the 2nd most career #Postseason homers in MLB history (23).
He trails only Manny Ramirez, who hit 29 😳 pic.twitter.com/pkYbhMsM54
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) October 11, 2022
Altuve Chasing Postseason History
Of course, take that as you will.
A lot of that took place while the Astros were stealing signs with technology, so you could make a strong case that Altuve knew exactly what pitch was coming each time.
But at the same time, you have to give credit where credit is due.
Altuve is one of the best hitters in postseason history, regardless of the sign-stealing scandal, and this is some major history he’s chasing.
To be in the same company as Manny Ramirez is quite a big deal.
Ramirez had himself a ton of great postseason moments during his career and hit a ton of home runs.
Altuve certainly isn’t lacking in the clutch department and is ready to add some more great postseason moments to his resume.
The Astros have been to the postseason seven out of the last eight years and are ready to make yet another deep run this October.
Altuve and his bat will be front and center in that run and will be something that the Astros can lean on.