Second Base: Jose Altuve vs. Logan Forsythe
Whatever you do, please do not let Jose Altuve’s height fool you. All 5’6 of him makes up the best second baseman in the MLB. Seemingly impossible to get him out, you can pencil him in for a batting average well above .300 every year. This season he has a .353 AVG with a .420 OBP. A perennial All-Star and among one of the best players in all of baseball.
He is the sparkplug of the offense and the heart of this Houston team. With so much focus on his stick, many people forget that he is an elite defender at his position. Silky smooth with the glove and he may be one of the fastest players in the MLB which makes him even better on defense.
The second baseman for the Dodgers is Logan Forsythe. Well after the description I gave of Jose Altuve I can’t help but be underwhelmed by Logan. The Dodgers gave up a top prospect in Jose De Leon for the veteran second baseman in hopes that he would be a significant improvement to the position that haunted the Dodgers last year.
But at the beginning of the year, he looked like a bust. He has since turned his luck around offensively and has been a bit more reliable as of late. Hampered by a toe injury at the beginning of the year, which may have been the reason for his early struggles. During the month of June, he hit just .214, but this month he is hitting .300 and is looking more like the player the Dodgers thought they acquired.
So this position isn’t exactly what I would call a nail-biter. An MVP candidate vs. a struggling veteran, an above .300 hitter vs. someone struggling to hit above their weight for the first months of the season. Altuve takes this position in a landslide.
Houston, Tied 1-1