By Robiel Vega/ @robielcuba87
With a huge home run step, Yordan Alvarez He arrived this Wednesday, June 22, against the New York Mets, with twenty home runs, needing just 61 games and 253 appearances at bat, a record frequency for him.
The man from Las Tunas, after Alex Bregman took “Doña Blanca” out to pass “uncooked” a change launched by starter Carlos Carrasco at 86 miles and with a huge swing that had an impact of 113.8 MPH, sent it, all the way to the left center field up to 408 feet.
The hit served to make the clash 4×0 in favor of the Houston Astros and also meant Yordan’s 50th RBI in the campaign and his 44th scored.
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But that would not be the only one, because two innings later, again with the bases clean, he hit a fastball at 92 and with another stratospheric swing of 114.6 MPH he made it walk over 400 feet again, this time a little farther, to the 412 down the opposite wing to put the game 5×0.
Yordan reaches 21 homers after 68 games played by his team, so, if he follows this step, he could reach the figure of 50 homers, which is higher than the absolute record for a season of any Cuban in the Majors and that it is held by Jorge Soler with 48 in 2019.
Likewise, he could be reaching 121 RBIs, a mark that would exceed his maximum record by 17, achieved last year. All of this, of course, is contingent on the tough Cuban slugger staying healthy and being able to play most games.
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Yordan, at this minute is the third leading home run hitter in the Majors, sixth in RBIs, 10th in runs scored, as well as 11th in average (318), third in OBP (409), leader in slugging (664) and OPS (1073).
For life he reached 82 homers and thus surpassed Riquimbili Betancourt, to enter the top 20 Cuban history in the MLB, in addition, he reached 237 RBIs, eight behind his compatriot and teammate Aledmys Díaz.
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