Aaron Judge, Cedric Mullins and Mookie Betts are three of the hottest players in the Majors post All-Star break. Here is a look at their numbers and a preview of what’s ahead for them over the last two months.
1. Aaron Judge
Statistically, Aaron Judge’s 2022 could end up being the greatest regular season for a New York Yankee in their franchise’s history and he has shown little signs of slowing down during the first few weeks of the second half.
He ended July by being unanimously voted for his fourth career American League Player of the Month award after slashing .333/.446/.806 with 32 RBI and 13 home runs including the 200th of his career a few Saturdays ago.
OH MY AARON JUDGE STRIKES AGAIN! 5-1 YANKS! pic.twitter.com/Kfy9xVOoMN
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) August 1, 2022
Judge began August on pace to hit 67 home runs which would be the most in a single season since Sammy Sosa hit 66 in 2001 and the most by a Yankee since Babe Ruth had 60 in 1927.
Coming down the stretch, the Major League leader in home runs is going to have to stay locked in not only for his pursuit of a record amount of home runs, but also so his Yankees can earn the top seed in the American League.
His outfield mate and fellow MLBbro Aaron Hicks is 0-for-29 since his last hit on July 27, newly acquired Andrew Benintendi has just two hits in 25 plate appearances as a Yankee and Giancarlo Stanton is dealing with an Achilles injury that will be worth watching as we inch closer towards fall.
2. Cedric Mullins
Cedric Mullins set the tone for the Baltimore Orioles after an emotional trade deadline that saw locker room favorite Trey Mancini sent off to Dusty Baker’s Houston Astros.
Cedric Mullins hits a solo shot (9) to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead.
— MLB Updates (@MLBNews1234) August 2, 2022
In his first swing, he muscled an opposite field home run to the left field foul pole at GlobeLife Field.
That hit re-energized the entire roster as they would go on to sweep Texas to begin what is now an undefeated month of August.
Mullins, who last season became the first Baltimore Orioles player to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a season is now the clear cut captain and catalyst of Major League Baseball’s biggest surprise team.
His O’s came into Sunday just one game out of the final American League Wild Card spot and will have plenty of chances down the stretch against other contending teams to earn their first playoff berth since losing to the Blue Jays in the 2016 Wild Card Game.
CEDRIC MULLINS GIVES THE ORIOLES (-130) THE LEAD IN THE 9TH pic.twitter.com/YYEr7sQake
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) July 30, 2022
Even though the home run pop is not there this season Mullins is still one of the most solid players in the game on both sides of the field.
He is going to eclipse the 30 steal mark for the second season in a row while setting a new career high and he ranks in the top 15 for hits in the American League.
3. Mookie Betts
Everyone in baseball is looking forward to a possible October matchup between the star-studded Los Angeles Dodgers and the league’s newest “super team” the San Diego Padres who just added MLBbro Josh Bell along with All-Stars Juan Soto and Josh Hader.
.@mookiebetts muscles one out 💪 pic.twitter.com/xEoMk7TfNr
— MLB (@MLB) August 3, 2022
Amongst all that talent, the biggest difference maker will be the man who has reminded folks he is still a top three player in the game, Mookie Betts.
Betts is having some of the most fun he has had since his time in a Dodger uniform began.
Mookie Betts is a national treasure 😭😭#AlwaysLA #Dodgers #MLB pic.twitter.com/Y595jvcWQM
— Baseball Today (@dailymlbtweets) August 4, 2022
In addition to DJing in the locker room after victories and some wild home run celebrations Betts, whose 25 home runs put him in the top five in the National League and his 78 runs scored first, has his Dodgers with the best record in the Majors and 9-1 in their last 10.
Over his last 15 games, Betts is batting .299 with nine RBI, four home runs and a stolen base.