Maxwell enjoys hitting behind Altuve

Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell loves hitting behind Jose Altuve, like he did for the fifth consecutive game on Saturday.

“For me, it makes me get ready on deck,” he said. “He’s not playing around when he gets up there. He’s coming to swing the stick. It helps me because I can’t be lethargic on my approach. He always keeps me on edge because it could be the first pitch of the at-bat when he gets a hit or the seventh or eighth pitch. He does a really good job, he’s got a great approach, and I try to mimic him in batting practice.”

Altuve entered Saturday hitting .364 with five multi-hit games. He ranked tied for fifth in the American League with 16 hits and tied for sixth in multi-hit games, and had reached base in nine of the Astros’ first 10 games this year.

The 6-foot-5 athletic Maxwell can only marvel at what the 5-foot-6 Altuve has accomplished.

“I think the first time I ever heard his name was when I was rehabbing from shoulder surgery [in 2011], and I just happened to check MiLB.com to see what was going on in the Minor Leagues, and I see this Altuve guy is hitting .380 in Double-A,” Maxwell said. “I clicked on his numbers, and now it’s kind of weird I’m playing with him now. He’s got incredible hand-eye coordination. Any time he takes a swing, he puts the barrel on the ball. He’s fast, too, so he gets a lot of infield hits and he’s got power.”

4 Comments

One of the things that I absolutely love about this very young Astros team is that they all seem to be friends and seem to be learning so much from each other.

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Brian, I am sure Altuve saves at bat for Maxwell, Altuve usually hits, therefore Maxwell gets a bat in the first round at the plate, and Altuve is usually on base and this  gives a fast runner on the base, which the pitcher is watching the runner and not throwing to the batter, so gives Maxwell a break in pitch !!!                                             Ralph

     

Maxwell will strike out 75% of the time this year……..trust me, he will whiff more times than he will get a hit. Barnes is a better CF and has more bat than Maxwell has.
Period.

Becky, you’re just one big ray of sunshine ALL THE TIME!

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