Rasmus on historically torrid pace in ALDS

Astros outfielder first player with extra-base hit in first six postseason games

Rasmus on historically torrid pace in ALDS

HOUSTON -- Life is good for Colby Rasmus these days.

Raw and honest, the Astros veteran will tell anyone within earshot as much, quick to share gratification for his current situation. Right now, that's the postseason, Rasmus' first since 2009 with the Cardinals, and the outfielder has been the star of the show.

Game Date Result
Gm 1 Oct. 8 HOU 5, KC 2
Gm 2 Oct. 9 KC 5, HOU 4
Gm 3 Oct. 11 HOU 4, KC 2
Gm 4 Oct. 12 KC 9, HOU 6
Gm 5 Oct. 14 KC 7, HOU 2

"It's incredible," Astros second baseman Jose Altuve said. "He's a good teammate. He's always pumping everybody up. I'm really happy to play with him and to see what he's been doing."

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Friday, Rasmus hit a double and a home run in a 5-4 Game 2 loss to the Royals in the American League Division Series, becoming the first player to have an extra-base hit in each of his first six postseason games.

Today, (4 ET, MLB Network), he hopes to give his team a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

"He's hot," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He's swinging the bat extremely well. He's not missing pitches. And when guys are swinging the bat really well, that's why, because they're seeing the ball well. They're being able to distinguish between offspeed stuff, they're picking up spin on sliders, they're recognizing changeups early and they're recognizing fastballs early, and when they're getting pitches in their spot and in the zone, they're not missing them.

"With a guy like that, you've got to really execute your pitches or you're going to get burned."

Rasmus, 29, is hitting at an otherworldly rate, igniting an Astros offense that prides itself on getting production from multiple contributors. On Friday, seven of the club's starters picked up hits, but it was Rasmus who again stole the spotlight, notching an RBI double in his first at-bat off Johnny Cueto to give the Astros an early one-run lead and homering in his next.

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He has a home run in each of his first three playoff games this year, batting .444 (8-for-18) with six RBIs in that span, but his power surge began before the Astros even christened the postseason. He's hit six home runs in his last six games.

"Just one of them things, I'm just playing and not thinking about no records or none of that stuff, just loving the game and trying to help these boys win a ballgame," Rasmus said. "I feel pretty good at the plate, and what I got going is working right now. I'm making adjustments to the pitches they're throwing, and it's going in my favor."

Consistency is hard to keep hold of in this game, as Rasmus, like most any other player, has learned. But he finds it in the love of his family and, in turn, chooses to spread the wealth.

"My wife's at all the games, keeping me pumped up," Rasmus said of his spouse, Megan. "I find her as soon as she gets there. She's always there for me, screaming, hollering and going crazy. To feel that emotion with her, it takes my mind off of being scared of making something happen.

"I'll just continue to play and focus on my teammates and picking them up and showing everyone love. This is a great place to be right now."

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.