Altuve's plate discipline impressing Mills

Altuve's plate discipline impressing Mills

HOUSTON -- The delicate balance the Astros had to walk with Jose Altuve this spring was trying to get him to be more aggressive on pitches in the strike zone while getting him to be more patient and draw more walks. Altuve walked often in the spring and has kept it up through four games in the regular season.

Entering Tuesday's game against the Braves, Altuve had walked three times in 13 plate appearances. That's not an impressive number, but considering he walked only five times in 234 plate appearances with the Astros last year, manager Brad Mills is ecstatic.

"It's been pretty good," Mills said. "He's done a real good job trying to make adjustments. That's something we worked on since Day 1 in Spring Training. He's definitely shown some improvement, especially these last three games. His aggressiveness in the strike zone has been good."

Altuve went 0-for-3 with a walk on Friday and went a combined 3-for-9 with two walks on Sunday and Monday. He was out of the lineup Saturday.

"We've seen the last three games a good combination of being aggressive in the strike zone and still getting those walks," Mills said.