Jose Altuve has the most hits by a second baseman in 78 years

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Astros dynamo Jose Altuve notched multiple hits yesterday for the 10th time in the past 11 games to give him 220 hits on the season, which is the most by any second baseman since Hall of Famer Charlie Gehringer of the Tigers had 227 in 1936.

Here are the leaders since 1937:

JOSE ALTUVE        2014     220
Rod Carew          1974     218
Dustin Pedroia     2008     213
Dave Cash          1975     213
Craig Biggio       1998     210
Steve Sax          1986     210

In terms of the all-time leaders, Altuve currently ranks 11th and if he keeps up his season-long pace for the Astros’ final six games he’d finish with 228 hits to rank fifth all time. Here’s the current top five (with ties):

Rogers Hornsby     1922     250
Rogers Hornsby     1921     235
Nap Lajoie         1901     232
Rogers Hornsby     1929     229
Rogers Hornsby     1924     227
Charlie Gehringer  1936     227
Billy Herman       1935     227
Nap Lajoie         1910     227

Rogers Hornsby was a monster and that would be a pretty amazing list for Altuve to crack.