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First off, congratulations to Jose Altuve for being named to next week's All-Star Game. I don't know if there is a more complete second baseman in the National League right now.
Jose Altuve is the spark plug for this Houston offense. He is hitting over .300 and has above average speed on the basepaths with 12 stolen bases. He has also shown a little bit of pop with five home runs.
Altuve missed six games at the end of June. Over that stretch, Houston scored a combined 15 runs and got shut out twice. If you take out the first game he missed where Houston scored seven runs, they only averaged 1.6 runs per game during his absence.
In the three games he has been back before July 4th, Houston scored nine runs. I believe success breeds success and if Altuve can get on base frequently from the leadoff spot, it could help spark the rest of the team.