With many MLB teams having played roughly 50 games at least, the dominant teams are beginning to separate from the rest of the league. According to the latest power rankings from MLB.com, the Dodgers and Yankees sit at the first and second spot, respectively. Both teams figure to be crucial parts of the postseason this October. Both teams could also have their respective leagues’ MVP on their squads. MLBbros Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge have both been on fire and are both leading their teams in a positive direction.
Month of May Belongs to Mookie
The Los Angeles Dodgers currently are one of the hottest teams in baseball, led by one of the hottest hitters in baseball, Mookie Betts. After a slow start to the season, where he produced only a .230 batting average, three HRs, and only six RBI through 19 games, he flipped the switch in the month of May. Not only did he bounce back, but he returned to the MVP and top five level player that the Dodgers knew he was capable of being. Over the course of May, the Dodgers’ slugger batted .342 with 12 HRs and 27 RBI, tripling his production from the month prior. Although Los Angeles has a stacked roster, MLBbro and former MVP Mookie Betts was acquired to be the on the field leader. His inspiring play helped the Dodgers go 20-9 last month.
The Judge is Ruling the American League
Over in the American league, the New York Yankees are just as hot, sitting at a record of 35-15. Their driving force, as it has been all season is MLBbro Aaron Judge. In the middle of a contract year, Judge is on pace for his best statistical season ever. With a batting average of .316, 21 HRs, and 38 RBI he is fueling the Yankees as they strive to reach the lofty expectations that come with pinstripes. Not only is Judge fueled by winning aspirations, but the MLBbro has personal goals as well.
One of the most well-known stories in all of baseball this year is the decision by Judge to be on himself to achieve his desired contract after the 2022 season. At his current rate, there is no reason to believe that this gamble will not have huge dividends.
Year of the MLBbro
Though still early in the season, these two MLBbros are firmly in their respective MVP races. Both Judge and Betts also lead their respective leagues in home runs. For Betts, it would be his second MVP award and place him back amongst the game’s elites. Betts was crucial in his first year with L.A. helping them to win the 2020 World Series, but had a down year, by his standards, in 2021.
He should exceed last year by considerable margins and is poised to bring the Dodgers back to prominence and could become the first player to win an MVP award in both leagues since Frank Robinson. Judge on the other hand is seeking three career defining achievements. He is seeking a World Series championship, an MVP award, and a contract that will reward his career efforts. For two of the best MLBbros in the game, the 2022 season is turning out to be a special one.