Yordan Alvarez hit his 11th and 12th home runs yesterday in the second game of the ALCS against the Texas Rangers, earning him the title of the Cuban with the most postseason home runs in MLB history. Alvarez passed Randy Arrozarena’s record of 11 home runs during the playoffs, and there are still at least 2 games left to play.
Yordan Alvarez becomes the Cuban with the most post-season home runs in the MLB
In an exciting showdown between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers in the second game of the American League Championship Series (ALCS), Yordan Álvarez became the Cuban player with the most home runs in the history of postseason Major League Baseball (MLB).
After the first ALCS game where Álvarez couldn’t connect with the ball in any of his four at-bats, the player from Las Tunas made a spectacular recovery in the second game: he hit two home runs, bringing his total to 12 in his 53 postseason games. With this number, he surpassed Randy Arrozarena, who has 11 home runs also in two playoffs.
The first home run of the afternoon at Minute Maid Park, the sixth in this postseason for Yordan Álvarez, came in the second inning of the game, facing starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. The ball shot off at an impressive speed of 108.6 miles per hour and landed 420 feet from home plate in the right part of center field.
In the eighth inning, he gifted the fans with another home run. This time, he faced the also stellar Cuban, Aroldis Chapman.
On Monday, Álvarez also became the first Cuban player to achieve two multi-home run games in a single postseason, as highlighted by baseball journalist Francys Romero.
Despite Álvarez’s performance, the Astros faced their second consecutive defeat at Minute Maid Park and head to Texas with a 0-2 disadvantage in the American League Championship Series.
Last year, Álvarez was among the top three candidates to win the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the American League, which Major League Baseball (MLB) presents annually.
In May 2023, the Astros’ slugger reached 34 consecutive games reaching base, which, as highlighted at the time by Francys Romero, represented the longest streak for a player born on the Island since 1996.