In the bottom of the ninth of last night’s 8-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve roped a base hit into left field.
It was his third hit of the night, his MLB-leading 170th hit of the season, and the 1,000th hit of his major league career. That hit put Altuve on a pace to finish the season with 231 hits, which would be tied for the 32nd most hits in a season in baseball history. He’s now one of 117 active players with at least 1,000 career hits, but he became the fastest in Astros history to reach the 1,000-hit plateau. Last night was Altuve’s 11th 3-hit game of the season, and his 19th game with at least 3 hits, bumping his MLB-leading batting average up to .365. Might as well just give him the batting title now. The next highest batting average in the American League is Mookie Betts, who’s hitting .315.