The Houston Astros were down 4-1 to the Detroit Tigers entering the fifth inning of Monday’s game.
However, when you are facing Yordan Alvarez, no lead is safe.
The Seattle Mariners and the Philadelphia Phillies learned that the hard way in last year’s postseason.
In that bottom of the fifth, Alvarez did this:
Yordan Alvarez makes it a whole new ballgame for the @Astros with his 100th career HR! pic.twitter.com/ZPDvqcVUxA
— MLB (@MLB) April 4, 2023
A three-run blast, and the game was tied.
That ball was absolutely crushed.
You just can’t leave a fastball in the middle of the plate to Alvarez like that and not expect him to punish it.
The Astros ended up losing, but it was definitely not because of Alvarez.
That long drive was his 100th career home run.
He is one of the fastest players in the history of MLB to get there, in terms of games played.
Yordan Alvarez gets No. 100! pic.twitter.com/M5Z37QYa2S
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) April 4, 2023
Alvarez’s knees and hands have made him somewhat of a high-maintenance player that will miss between 25 and 30 games every season.
That’s ok, since the Astros usually prefer to have him fresh for the postseason, where he is a true beast.
That adjective also fits him to perfection when we talk about his regular season stats.
He is not yet 26 and has 100 home runs.
He is doing it with a .297/.384/.592 line and a .976 OPS.
Few people in baseball have the ability to combine contact ability and power like Alvarez does.
It’s nothing short of amazing.
Last year, he hit .306 with 37 home runs in just 135 games.
If he played 150 games or more, he would have a true chance to reach 50 long balls.
He is a top-five hitter in baseball.NEXT: Yordan Alvarez Reached An Important Milestone On Monday