Jose Altuve has joined the 1,000 hit club

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Astros second baseman Jose Altuve singled to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning during Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals for his 1,000th career hit. He came into the game with 997 career hits and was 2-for-4 on the night heading into the at-bat.

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Altuve, 26, needed only 786 games to get to 1,000 hits, the fastest mark in Astros history as Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle points out.

Though the American League MVP Award debate has become somewhat controversial, Altuve is a strong consideration. He entered Tuesday batting a major league best .362 with an AL-best .427 on-base percentage and a .573 slugging percentage. Along with that, he has 32 doubles, four triples, 19 home runs, 73 RBI, 86 runs, and 26 stolen bases.