MLB Team of the Week: Yordan Alvarez leads the rising Astros

by Ben Verlander
FOX Sports MLB Analyst

The Houston Astros They officially settled a place in the playoff match.

They are the first MLS team to do so and the second overall after Los Angeles Dodgers.

One of the main reasons for the Astros’ success this year was the offensive production of left-handed bats Jordan Alvarez. Alvarez had a tear in the first half of the season and was leading several offensive classes for most of the year. However, it did not last the entire season, as Jordaan struggled on the plate and injuries.

Having scored 30 home runs through July, Alvarez hit only once in August, putting in an average of 0.234 and spending time on the hit list with a hand injury.

However, September was a different story for the card. So far, Jordaan hits 0.378 per month by six runs.

Welcome to my Team of the Week, picking which position he played best in each position. This week, the team is almost led by Alvarez, who led all of baseball by a wide margin with 32 total bases, resulting in an OPS of more than 2,000. He hit six home runs a week, including three in a row.

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Ben Verlander picks his new team for the week, titled Jordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros and Kyle Tucker, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners.

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Let’s check out the rest of the team.

A: Thomas Nido New York Mets

Nido was one of only three hunters to make multiple home runs last week and were led by his 13 total bases all. He ended up scoring 0.600 per week.

1b: Alonso’s house – New York Mets

Join Pete Alonso Albert Pujols As the only players to have scored at least 35 home points and 25 doubles in three of the first four seasons. He added six RBI’s to the NL’s leading total.

2B: Jaleber Torres New York Yankees

Gleyber has led all of the MLB’s second basemen with eight RBIs over the past week. He was also the second baseman to have multiple steals (two) and at least five additional base hits (five). In the week, he hit .391 with two home runs.

3b: Justin Turner – Los Angeles Dodgers

Justin Turner is the third baseman last week to hit no less than .450 (.450) and has several home runs (two). He may not have started like a typical Justin Turner season, but he hit 0.350 in the second half and added to it by hitting .450 with a 1.400 OPS last week.

SS: Willie Adams Milwaukee Brewers

Adames entered the records of the Brewers Records last week. He’s his 30th home run this season, which has surpassed Robin Yount for most homeowners in a single season by a short margin. Adames hit .444 in the week, making all of his short MLB stops, and his 1.639 OPS was 0.500 points higher than the next best OPS among SS in that period.

From: Julio Rodriguez Seattle Mariners

Julio Rodriguez has five home runs with a .447/.533/.895 slash over his last 10 games, one of three AL players aged 21 or younger to do so alongside Ted Williams (1939) and Al Callen (1955-56)). He is also one of only two defensive players to have an OPS above 1.500 (1.822) and hit multiple home runs (four). JRod showed up on another show last week.

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From: Aaron Judge The Yankees of New York

Aaron Judge continues his run toward history, and he did so last week by hitting four home runs, taking his total to 59. The judge is now just two away from Roger Maris’ home MLS score. It’s just one home run from being the first player to score 60 home runs in a single season since 2001 when Mark McGuire and Sami Sosa did it.

Related: Check out FOX Sports’ Aaron Judge’s home-run tracker

From: Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros

Tucker’s 24 bases have finished second in the MLB over the past week. He’s been killing it since the beginning of August and last week was no different. Tucker hit the .345 with four home runs and 11 RBI. I’d like to say some nice things about him, but he tried to woo me quickly with his fantasy football trade last week, so let’s move on.

DH: Jordan Alvarez – Houston Astros

SP: Brandon Woodruff – Milwaukee Brewers

Dominant week for Brandon Woodruff, whose 21 strokes were the most in MLB over the past week with no other bowler piling more than 15. He started two games on the hill and won both while giving up three runs in 14 rounds.

CP: Emmanuel Class Cleveland Guardians

Clase was one of three closeouts in MLB and had three saves last week, the only one to do so without giving up a single game. Clase is still one of the most closed-down dominant players in the match and it was no different last week. The Guardians play baseball great and gave him plenty of chances to qualify in the ninth inning. He was doing just that.

Ben Verlander is an MLB Analyst at FOX Sports and host of “philippines batsPodcast. Verlander was an all-American at Old Dominion University before joining his brother, Justin, in Detroit as a 14th-round pick for the Tigers in 2013. He spent five years with the Tigers. Follow him on Twitter @Ben Verlander.


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