By now, all of MLB recognizes Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve as one of the very best postseason performers in the league.
He has accumulated multiple signature playoff moments, timely hits, and even walk-off home runs.
On Wednesday, the 2017 AL MVP took sole possession of a cool postseason record.
“The @astros‘ Jose Altuve recorded his 15th career playoff game with multiple hits and a HR last night, passing Derek Jeter & Manny Ramirez for the most such games in MLB postseason history,” OptaSTATS tweeted.
The @astros' Jose Altuve recorded his 15th career playoff game with multiple hits and a HR last night, passing Derek Jeter & Manny Ramirez for the most such games in MLB postseason history. pic.twitter.com/vvturM99rP
— OptaSTATS (@OptaSTATS) October 19, 2023
Look at the names Altuve surpassed: Derek Jeter and Manny Ramirez are two postseason legends, with multiple World Series championships just like the Venezuelan infielder.
On Wednesday, Altuve went 2-for-5 with a homer, two runs, a homer, and an RBI.
Many players would call themselves lucky to play 15 games in October.
Well, Altuve has 15 games with multiple hits and a home run.
He is a hitting machine, and getting him going will be crucial if the Astros want to have a chance at tying the AL Championship Series against the Texas Rangers on Thursday.
For the ALCS, the former MVP is hitting .154/.214/.385 with a .599 OPS in three games.
However, we are talking about a player who has 25 career home runs in the postseason, with a .828 OPS and 51 RBI.
Once he gets hot, the Astros will be a very tough team to beat.
For the Rangers’ sake, they hope that doesn’t happen.
The Astros have gone to seven straight Championship Series, and it’s in large part because of Altuve’s offensive excellence in the playoffs.NEXT: Jose Altuve Is Joining A Legendary MLB Club Today