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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 14: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astrosis greeted in the dugout after hitting the game-tying, two run home run in the 8th inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 14, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 14: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astrosis greeted in the dugout after hitting the game-tying, two run home run in the 8th inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 14, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve is one of the best hitters that the Chicago White Sox will face.

Jose Altuve instantly became the most hated man in baseball when word of the Houston Astros cheating scandal got out. He was at the center of attention after it looked like he was wearing a wire during his epic walk-off home run in 2019 to send the Astros to the World Series.

But even with the volatile reception from fans everywhere he goes, he continues to play on an elite level. Altuve leads the Astros in runs scored. He is also second on the team in home runs (31) and hits (167). This season, Altuve is slashing .278/.350/.489 with a .839 OPS. Despite batting leadoff for the majority of the season, he still managed to drive in 83 RBIs.

Altuve’s small stature makes him difficult to pitch too. His strike zone is small and if you make a mistake Altuve has the power to make you pay. His unique combination of power and speed make him the most dangerous hitter on the Astro’s lineup.

The six-time All-Star second baseman has been decorated with five Silver Slugger Awards and was voted Astros most valuable player on four separate occasions. Altuve has a slick glove as well. He took home a Gold Glove award at second base in 2015.

Altuve has proven he is a good player regardless if he is cheating or not. The White Sox pitching staff needs to find a way to minimize his impact. In 63 postseason games, Altuve is hitting .306 with 18 home runs and 40 RBIs.

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