Mike Stanton has great aim

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Mike Stanton hit a big three-run homer in last night’s Marlins-Dodgers game.  Check it out here and see if you notice anything interesting about it.  I’ll wait.

See that? I didn’t at first, but Dave Brown over at Big League Stew brought it to my attention: the ball lands right in the catcher’s mitt laying on the ground in the bullpen.  Once you’re paying attention, you see left fielder Garret Anderson checking it out.

Which leads to the line of the day, courtesy of Brown: “It might be the first time Anderson was recorded reacting to anything on
a baseball field.”   

José Altuve records hit in 10 consecutive plate appearances

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Astros second baseman José Altuve recorded a hit in 10 consecutive plate appearances between Friday and Sunday against the Indians. If the Astros were still in the National League, that would tie a league record, but the AL and overall record is 12 consecutive hits, which was accomplished by the Tigers’ Walt Dropo on July 14 and 15 in 1952. Altuve’s 10 consecutive hits did set a new Astros record, however. The previous club record was eight, set by Altuve last season.

In his third plate appearance on Friday, Altuve grounded out to shortstop. Here were his next 10 trips to the dish:

  1. Two-run double
  2. Double
  3. Infield single
  4. Two-run home run
  5. Single
  6. Triple
  7. Single
  8. Infield single
  9. RBI double
  10. RBI single

This was hit No. 10:

In his final at-bat in the top of the ninth on Sunday, Altuve lined out to center field to end his streak. Teammate Josh Reddick, currently on the disabled list, was impressed with the streak:

After Sunday’s performance, Altuve is hitting .332/.378/.459 with three home runs, 28 RBI, and 31 runs scored in 239 plate appearances this season. His OPS was .760 after Thursday’s game and is now .837.