The Houston Astros will once again be well represented in the MLB All-Star Game.
Jose Altuve was announced as the starter at second base Friday night, and now four more Astros have been named to the American League team.
Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez were named to the pitching squad, while Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker were also named to the squad.
It’s the first time the Astros have had five All-Stars since 2019, with the franchise record being six set in 2017 and 2018.
Houston now has the most major league All-Star selections since 2017 at age 27. Alvarez, Tucker and Valdez were named to the team for the first time and Verlander made the Midsummer Classic for the ninth time.
Alvarez, amid an MVP-like season, leads the Majors in OPS (1.058) and slugging percentage (.653), third in homers (26) and fourth in on-base percentage (.405). However, due to being on the disabled list today, it’s unclear whether or not Alvarez will take part in the contest.
Tucker is also having a great season, hitting 15 home runs and ranking fourth in the AL in RBIs.
Valdez is 8-4 in 17 starts this season and also boasts a 2.67 ERA. He is also the only AL pitcher to have gone two complete games, and is currently 2nd in the AL in innings pitched (109).
Verlander is having one of the best seasons of his Hall of Fame career at the age of 39. In 16 starts, Verlander is 11-3 with a 2.00 ERA. He leads the AL in wins and ranks second in ERA, opponent average, and WHIP (.87). He even started the All-Star Game in 2019 for the AL.
For Jose Altuve, this is the 8th time he has been selected in his career, and this is his fifth start, both of which are franchise records. Altuve passed Astros legend Craig Biggio, who had four starts and seven caps.
Altuve leads the MLB second baseman in HR (17), OPS (.906), OBP (.370) and SLG (.536). He also ranks third in runs scored.
This year’s All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 19 at Dodger Stadium. The game will be broadcast on FOX, with the game scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.