Altuve Moving Up in Batting Title Race

Here Comes Senor Altuve!

 

MLB Batting Average Leaders

Through Games of May 31, 2018

1. Betts • BOS .359
2. Gennett • CIN .341
3. Kemp • LAD .341
4. Castellanos • DET .339
5. Freeman • ATL .338
6. Simmons • LAA .335
7. Segura • SEA .335
8. Altuve • HOU .332
9. Markakis • ATL .332
10. Brantley • CLE .332

With 7 more hits – for an adjusted total of 87 hits in 241 times at bat – Jose Altuve could be hitting .361 and leading the MLB with the highest batting average in either big league – as he did for most of 2017. Based upon the way his old stroke and good fortune seems to be returning to full bore status, we will not be surprised to find that he has achieved this return to the top in reality by the July All Star break.

The following chart reflects a little more extensive statistical comparison of current leader Mookie Betts of the Red Sox and No. 8 Jose Altuve of the Astros on the morning of June 1, 2018:

Data of Pertinence to Catching The MLB BA Leader

# Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR BB SO BA
1 Mookie Betts 48 184 52 66 19 1 17 24 25 .359
8 Jose Altuve 59 241 33 80 15 2 4 16 37 .332

The second half of this season is shaping up as a cliffhanger on several fronts.

I get excited just thinking about it.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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