By Ben Verlander
FOX Sports activities MLB Analyst
The Houston Astros have formally clinched a playoff spot.
They’re the primary staff within the American League to take action and the second total behind solely the Los Angeles Dodgers.
A giant purpose for the Astros’ success this yr has been the offensive output of left-handed slugger Yordan Alvarez. Alvarez was on a tear within the first half of the season and was main many offensive classes for a lot of the yr. It did not final the entire season, nonetheless, as Yordan struggled each on the plate and with accidents.
After hitting 30 house runs by July, Alvarez hit only one in August, put up a .234 common and hung out on the injured listing with a hand harm.
September has been a distinct story for the slugger, nonetheless. Up to now, Yordan is batting .378 within the month with six house runs.
Welcome to my Team of the Week, the place I’m going place by place selecting who performed greatest at every place. This week, the staff is nearly captained by Alvarez, who led all of baseball by a large margin with 32 complete bases, resulting in an OPS over 2.000. He hit six house runs within the week, together with three in consecutive at-bats.
Houston Astros’ Yordan Álvarez and Kyle Tucker lead off Ben’s staff of the week!
Ben Verlander picks his new staff of the week, headlined by the Houston Astros’ Yordan Álvarez and Kyle Tucker, NY Yankees’ Aaron Decide and Seattle Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez.
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Let’s try the remainder of the squad.
C: Thomas Nido – New York Mets
Nido was considered one of simply three catchers to hit a number of house runs final week and his 13 complete bases led all of them. He wound up hitting .600 within the week.
1B: Pete Alonso – New York Mets
Pete Alonso joined Albert Pujols as the one gamers to file no less than 35 house runs and 25 doubles in three of their first 4 seasons. He added six RBI to his NL-leading complete.
2B: Gleyber Torres – New York Yankees
Gleyber led all MLB second basemen with eight RBIs over the past week. He was additionally the one second baseman to have a number of steals (two) and no less than 5 extra-base hits (5). On the week, he hit .391 with two house runs.
3B: Justin Turner – Los Angeles Dodgers
Justin Turner is the one third baseman final week to hit no less than .450 (.450) and have a number of house runs (two). It could not have began out like a typical Justin Turner season, however he is hitting .350 within the second half and added to it by hitting .450 with a 1.400 OPS final week.
SS: Willy Adames – Milwaukee Brewers
Adames entered the Brewers’ file books final week. He hit his thirtieth house run of the season, which handed Robin Yount for many homers in a single season by a shortstop. Adames hit .444 on the week, which led all MLB shortstops, and his 1.639 OPS was over .500 factors greater than the next-best OPS amongst SS in that span.
OF: Julio Rodriguez – Seattle Mariners
Julio Rodríguez has 5 house runs with a .447/.533/.895 slash line over his final 10 video games, considered one of three AL gamers aged 21 or youthful to do this together with Ted Williams (1939) and Al Kaline (1955-56). He is additionally considered one of simply two outfielders to have an OPS over 1.500 (1.822) and hit a number of house runs (4). The JRod present placed on one other present final week.
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OF: Aaron Decide – New York Yankees
Aaron Decide continues to march in the direction of historical past, and did so this previous week by hitting 4 house runs, taking his complete as much as 59. Decide now could be simply two away from tying Roger Maris’ American League house run file. He is only one house run away from being the primary participant to hit 60 house runs in a season since 2001 when Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa did it.
Associated: Examine our FOX Sports activities’ Aaron Decide home-run tracker
OF: Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros
Tucker’s 24 complete bases had been second-most in MLB over the past week. He is been killing it because the starting of August and this previous week was no totally different. Tucker hit .345 with 4 house runs and 11 RBI. I might say a number of extra good issues about him, however he tried to tug a quick one on me with a fantasy-football commerce final week, so let’s simply transfer on.
DH: Yordan Alvarez – Houston Astros
SP: Brandon Woodruff – Milwaukee Brewers
A dominant week for Brandon Woodruff, whose 21 strikeouts are essentially the most in MLB over the past week with no different pitcher accumulating greater than 15. He made two begins on the mound and received each whereas giving up three runs in 14 innings.
CP: Emmanuel Clase – Cleveland Guardians
Clase was considered one of three closers in MLB to get three saves final week, and is the one one to take action whereas not giving up a single run. Clase continues to be one of the crucial dominant closers within the recreation and this previous week was no totally different. The Guardians are taking part in nice baseball and have been giving him loads of probabilities to return by within the ninth inning. He has been doing simply that.
Ben Verlander is an MLB analyst for FOX Sports activities and the host of the “Flippin’ Bats” podcast. Verlander was an All-American at Previous Dominion College earlier than he joined his brother, Justin, in Detroit as a 14th-round decide of the Tigers in 2013. He spent 5 years within the Tigers group. Comply with him on Twitter @BenVerlander.
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