After losing ground early in the season to the Los Angeles Angels, the Houston Astros have once again become the undisputed kings of the AL West Division.
They own a solid 35-19 record so far and are 8.5 games ahead of the Slippery Angels.
Much of the Astros’ recent success can be attributed to the incredible play of young slugger Yordan Alvarez.
He was recently crowned American League Player of the Week.
“Your @Chevrolet AL and NL Players of the Week: Yordan Alvarez: .565 AVG, 1,847 OPS, 4 HR, 8 RBI; Brendan Rodgers: .345 AVG, 1.252 OPS, 4 HR, 7 RBI,” MLB tweeted.
Your @Chevrolet AL and NL Players of the Week:
Yordan Alvarez: .565 AVG, 1,847 OPS, 4 HR, 8 RBI
Brendan Rodgers: .345 AVG, 1,252 OPS, 4 HR, 7 RBI pic.twitter.com/8RHiliiSrU
—MLB (@MLB) June 6, 2022
Alvarez got hits in more than half of his shots, which is incredibly good even if it’s in the span of a week.
His four home runs and eight RBIs have lifted the Astros, winners of seven of their last ten games.
A force in the middle of the Astros lineup
Yordan has been a force all season, currently batting .295/.391/.624 with 16 home runs (tied for second in MLB, behind Aaron Judge) and 34 RBIs.
It’s certainly nothing new for Alvarez: the 24-year-old hit .277/.346/.531 with 33 home runs and 104 RBIs last season, and was just as brilliant in 2019, his freshman year.
He lost most of the 2020 campaign with surgery on both knees.
The Astros rewarded his excellent play with a six-year, $115 million extension that spans his final years of officiating and his first three seasons of free agency.
He’ll be an Astro for a long time, and while his defensive value isn’t incredibly high, he’s one of the best hitters in the league.
He looks set to post career-best numbers in 2022, and Astros fans couldn’t be happier with him.