I bet every single player who is approaching free agency thinks about it. They usually say it doesn’t enter their mind, but it has to, right? Shane Victorino is one of the rare ones who admits that the pressures of impending free agency do weigh on his mind:
“I can’t say they’re not. … I also can’t say they are,” Victorino said. “Is there a little something in the back of my mind, yeah. You want to have your best year.”
He also says that he’d love to stay in Philly and would like to start talks now if possible. That’s not likely to happen — you figure the Phillies will wait and deal with Cole Hamels first — but if Ruben Amaro does see Victorino as someone he wants to keep around long term, it wouldn’t be the worst time to make an offer, would it? Victorino is off to a slow start and could probably be had a bit cheaper now than he might if he turns things around in the second half.
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:
- Two-run double
- Infield single
- Two-run home run
- Infield single
- RBI double
- 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.