1) Could Jose Altuve be the 2016 AL MVP?
MLB.com's Richard Justice sure thinks so.At the moment, Justice ranked the Astros second baseman as the No. 1 candidate for the award with around 50 games left in the 2016 season. There are plenty of reason to pick Altuve as the front runner as Altuve is hitting career marks in home runs and walks. Altuve's skills with bat already proven as looks to collect his second batting in three years.
Altuve has been the most valuable player for the Astros for 2016 season and he leads all second basemen in fWar with 5.9. He trails only Mike Trout (6.7) and Josh Donaldson (6.2) in the category -- two of the other clear frontrunners.
Altuve raised his profile in 2014 with a batting title and a Silver Slugger award, and in 2015 with a Silver Slugger and Gold Glove award. Media and fans know how great Jose Altuve is on a national stage, the vacuum of Houston can no longer be an excuse for Altuve winning the award.
But what could hold Altuve back from winning the award? The other Astros on the 25-man roster. Astros fans have watched Altuve be the only source of offense in countless games in which Houston has lost in low-scoring, one run games.
But we will see...
2) Another look at Orbit's vehicle hitting a Shooting Star
Orbit's utility vehicle made the news on Saturday after it struck one the Shooting Stars team member during a T-shirt toss. On Saturday, we had a look at the event from the first base side. Today, we got another look from up close. As Facebook page "Houston Texans Houston Rockets Everything" posted a screengrab of a Snapchat video from Saturday.
It shows the Shooting Star team member stepping back in front of the vehicle while cheering on fans. The driver attempted to swerve out of the way but it was too late.
3) Arauz and Tucker make players of the week
Two Astros prospects were rewarded for a great week of baseball by MLBpipeline.com with Player of the Week honors. Shortstop Jonathan Arauz and outfielder Kyle Tucker were selected to this week's team that presented all of MILB teams.
Arauz was included as part of the Ken Giles trade and just turned 18 last week, he celebrated with four straight multi-hit games during last week with the Rookie-Level Greenville Astros. He posted a mark of.500/.567/.808, eight runs scored, three doubles, a triple, home run, three RBIs, three walks and five strikeouts in six games.
Tucker, a first round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, over seven games posted a mark of .367/.424/1.033, seven runs scored, a double, two triples, five home runs, 14 RBIs, three walks, 10 strikeouts, and one stolen base.