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Astros | Jose Altuve, Jordan Schafer being more patient

Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve already has five walks in 58 plate appearances this year after he had just five walks in 234 plate appearances last season. OF Jordan Schafer entered Sunday, April 22, ranked fifth in the National League with 10 walks, and he has reached safely in the team's first 15 games this year. However, he's also third in the league with 19 strikeouts. "I've been walking and striking out a lot more, but that's just a product of me taking more pitches," Schafer said. "I've been behind in the counts and just taking more pitches. It's nothing I'm trying to do on purpose. Maybe if I'm more aggressive, I wouldn't walk as much."

2012-04-23 09:49:08 | Source: MLB.com - Brian McTaggart

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