MLB playoffs: Jose Altuve ‘couldn’t believe it’ when Astros acquired Justin Verlander

The Astros are one step away from reaching their first World Series since losing to the White Sox in 2005 as a National League team.Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is ready to help Houston beat the Yankees after enjoyinga banner year. Dallas Keuchel will start Game 1 of the ALCS Friday night, and Altuve couldn’t Trevor Rosenthal Jersey have been more pleased.”I woke up this morning and I was like, ‘Oh, Dallas pitching tonight, this is great,’” Altuve said Friday in a pre s conference.”And I love when he pitches. He goes out there and he plays a hundred percent every time. He’s very profe sional and he likes to pitch and we like to play behind him.”Altuve has reason for excitement. Keuchel enters Friday’s game with a sterling1.24 career ERA against the Yankees, which is best among active pitchers with at least fivestarts against them.The Astros will send Justin Verlander to the mound in Game 2. the six-time All-Star has been near-perfect since joining Houston from the Tigers moments before the Aug.31 waiver-trade deadline. Altuve couldn’t believe it when the Astros acquired the ace.”I remember I was at home that day and my brother told me, ‘Hey, we got him’, and I was like, ‘No, we didn’t’. And then he was, ‘Yes, we did.’I remember I saw my phone and MLB At Bat said, ‘OK, Astros acquire Justin Verlander.’ And I couldn’t believe it,” Altuve said. “I remember we had a day off the next day and I was like, ‘I don’t want to have a day off, I want to go play now, I want to see Justin with the Lance Lynn Jersey Astros uniform.’”So I think that was my feeling, but I know that the other 24 guys in the team felt the same way about getting Justin Verlander. I was so excited and I was like, ‘OK, here we go.’ It’s not a secret that we had a good team before him, before trading for him, but after we did that it’s like, ‘OK, now we go, now we got everything we need.’ And I was really happy we got him.”Houston is rich in young talent, especially in their lineup, but Altuve thinks the veteran leadership of a guy like Carlos Beltran could help the Astros reach their full potential.”Carlos has been in the league for 20 years and he knows a lot,” Altuve said.”He goes beyond just hitting and defense, he gives youlittle details that really help you to keep getting better and develop into the game.”Altuve will bat third Friday https://www.cardinalsedge.com/st-louis-cardinals/mark-mcgwire-jersey night against the Yankees.

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