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Jose Altuve comes up big in every possible way

Jose Altuve has been a base-hit machine for the Astros in 2016. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Second baseman Jose Altuve has been an MVP-caliber performer for the Houston Astros in 2016.

Altuve had his second career multihomer game and a career-high six RBIs in the Astros win over the Angels on Sunday. He's 20-for-37 during a nine-game hitting streak, raising his batting average from .341 to .360

The Astros had players homer in their first two plate appearances in consecutive games for the first time in team history. Evan Gattis did it Saturday.

Altuve has continued to be among the most productive players in the American League in the past two-plus seasons.

The hits keep coming

Altuve has a major-league high 139 hits this season and is well on his way to a third straight 200-hit season.

Four second basemen have posted at least three 200-hit seasons -- Charlie Gehringer (7), Rogers Hornsby (7), Nap Lajoie (5) and Billy Herman (3). All four are Hall of Famers.

Altuve's success is even more impressive when you consider that he's 5 feet 6. If Altuve finishes with 200 hits the year, he'll have the second most 200-hit seasons by a player that short, trailing only Hall of Famer Wee Willie Keeler (5-4), who has eight.

Impressive power

Altuve's two home runs gave him a career-high 17 (his previous high was 15, set last season). Eleven of Altuve's home runs have gone at least 400 feet. Before this season, Altuve totaled eight 400-foot home runs in his career.

Altuve is on pace for 28 home runs this season. Only one player as short as Altuve has registered a 20-homer season: Hall-of-Famer Hack Wilson, who had six 20-homer seasons in his career.

Speed game

Altuve has led the AL in steals in each of the last two seasons and is currently first with 25 this season, one better than Rajai Davis and Eduardo Nunez.

Altuve is 25-for-29 on steal attempts this season, an 88 percent success rate (fifth in the American League). His success rate entering this season was 78 percent.