First pitch: Altuve DH as slumping Astros try to wake up bats vs. A’s
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Apr 7, 2013
With the slumping Astros entering Saturday hitting just .194 and having struck out an MLB-record 56 times in their initial four contests, Porter kept Altuve at the top of the Astros’ lineup but turned him into a temporary DH. … just made more sense to give Altuve a chance to DH,” said Porter, who’s used a different lineup during all five of his initial games as manager. Astros’ lineup: Jose Altuve DH, Ronny Cedeno SS, Chris Carter LF, Carlos Pena 1B, Justin Maxwell CF, Jason Castro C, J.D. Jose Altuve will be the Astros’ designated hitter Saturday and shortstop Ronny Cedeno has been bumped up to the No. 2 spot as the strikeout-prone Astros attempt to improve on a .194 team batting average when they host the Oakland Athletics at 6:10 p.m. at Minute Maid Park. Straily struck out 11 in a winning decision Friday during the A’s 8-3 victory against the Astros. The club has 56 offensive strikeouts through its initial four games and became the first team in MLB history Friday to record at least 13 strikeouts in four consecutive contests at any point during a season.
Manager Bo Porter said during the initial stage of spring training he was considering using second baseman Jose Altuve as a designated hitter this season. The Astros’ first-year skipper did just that Saturday. With the slumping Astros entering Saturday