The MLB playoffs will have a different look this year. A total of 12 teams will be featured in the postseason (six teams from the American and National League).
It will be an exciting finish toward the end of the season as teams will try to secure a spot to compete for a World Series title.
The Seattle Mariners are a team that could earn a spot in the playoffs as a four, five, or six seed.
J.P. Crawford will be a player the Mariners will lean on as the team has sights to make the postseason. Over the past few seasons, Crawford has developed into a leader and one of the top players for the Mariners.
When the word competitor is mentioned, it’s hard not to put Crawford in that category.
He is a player that wants to win and will do whatever it takes to put his team in the best position to win games. One thing he does not like is missing games for whatever reason.
Right before the All-Star break, he missed a couple games due to discomfort in his right index finger. It got to the point where he was struggling to grip the ball and that affected his throwing.
“It’s just bad no matter where I’m at,” Crawford said in an article from The Seattle Times. “I don’t like it. I get too locked in.”
“I tried and I was barely getting the ball over there (to first base),” he said.
Crawford only missed two games, but he wanted to be out there playing with his team. He has that leadership mindset and wants to do whatever it takes to get on the field.
But, injuries are a part of the game and the Mariners want him at 100 percent.
And even if he’s not playing, Crawford is going to support his team from the dugout. Coming back from the All-Star break, the 27-year-old has appeared in every game for the Mariners.
He had a strong offensive performance on Wednesday going 2-for-4 against the New York Yankees. The Mariners took two of three against the Yankees which is a positive sign.
And the Mariners would want to see Crawford have more performances like the one on Wednesday throughout the remainder of the season.
Through 95 games this season, he is hitting .262 with five home runs and 27 RBI. And let’s not forget how stellar of a job our MLBbro does at shortstop.
There’s a reason why he won a Gold Glove in 2020. Crawford has yet to appear in a postseason game, so these next two months of the season will be very important to him and the Mariners organization. There’s a strong chance that Crawford will play in as many games as he can, unless he’s dealing with an injury. You better believe that when his number is called, Crawford is going to step up and show why he’s the real deal.
As the All-Star break approaches, two AL teams, the Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles are scorching hot, each with double-digit winning streaks. Wouldn’t you know, there’s an MLBbro at the helm of each of these winning streaks… JP Crawford and Cedric Mullins.
In the O’s winning streak, Mullins is batting .307, with one home run and six RBI. He has an on-base percentage of .386 and a slugging percentage of .487 during that span.
Crawford has a batting average of .292, hitting no home runs and five RBI. His on-base percentage during this stretch is .333, to go with a .366 slugging percentage. He has only struck out twice during the M’s 11-game winning streak.
Baltimore has been in a rebuild for at least the past four years, basically waving the white flag when they traded away their superstar third baseman Manny Machado back in 2018 to the LA Dodgers. Ever since the trade, there have been very limited bright spots for Orioles fans to look forward to. Mullins has been one.
Mullins was drafted in the 13th round of the 2015 draft, and made his big league debut in 2018. In 2021, despite Baltimore tying for the worst record in Baseball, he had a career year, batting .291, with 30 home runs, 59 RBI, to go with an on-base percentage of .360 and a slugging percentage of .568. In addition to winning the Silver Slugger award, he ended up being the only Oriole to make the All-Star team in a year in which he became the first Oriole in franchise history to be a part of the 30-30 club, having stolen 30 bases in 2021 as well.
“I think he’s just getting better and better… how far he has come defensively from my first year in 2019 is unbelievable” said Brandon Hyde, the Orioles manager. Hyde wants fans to realize he is a great defensive player as well, emphasizing that he’s not just good with the bat, but an elite all-around player.
Crawford, who was a first round pick in 2013 by the Philadelphia Phillies, had made serious improvements to his game on the offensive side. In 2017 and 2018, his first two seasons in the pros, he batted .214 in each year. When he was dealt to the Mariners in 2019, the change of scenery changed everything. He has improved his batting average every single year, peaking in 2021, having a batting average of .273. He also has done well on the defensive side, as he ended up winning a Gold Glove in the 2020 campaign.
Crawford signed a 51 million dollar extension earlier this year, as he is seen as Seattle’s shortstop for the foreseeable future. “He’s (Crawford) an incredibly competitive player who has become an integral part of our team, both on the field and in the clubhouse” said general manager and president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto.
The Mariners are currently in the AL Wildcard, with the Orioles only being one and a half games back of the final slot. The Mariners have not made the playoffs in 20 years, and the Orioles have been arguably the worst team in baseball of the last half decade. This season has huge potential to be stepping stones in the right direction for both franchises, and Crawford and Mullins will play huge roles to possibly write a new page in their respective franchises histories.
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We are accustomed to seeing the typical shoving match between teams whenever benches clear in Major League Baseball, but Sunday’s brawl between the Angels and Mariners was one of the most entertaining and wild ones in recent sports history.
“I always tell them, I have got their back,” Crawford told reporters Monday. “Just know that I have got your back. When stuff hits the fan, I am going to be the first one out there every time. I am going to do that 10 times out of 10. I have always got my boys’ back.”
Seattle’s shortstop rushed in with a few flying forearms in defense of his teammate Jesse Winker, who was hit by a pitch and got into a jawing match with the Angels bench prior to the fight ensuing.
We have to go back to June 17th to discover where this beef originated.
That night the Mariners were up 7-0 in the bottom of the 5th inning against the Angels when MLBbro and 2005 first overall pick Justin Upton was hit in the head by a fastball.
It was only Upton’s third at-bat in a Mariners uniform as he was making his team debut after being released by the Angels in early April. In five seasons in Anaheim, Upton hit .232 with 75 home runs and drove in 203 runs.
Then fast forward to Saturday night, the Mariners almost hit Mike Trout, who has six home runs against them this season on two different occasions.
Sunday afternoon Angels interim manager Phil Nevins, who’s 10-game suspension for orchestrating these hits on Mariners players was longer than anyone else involved, decided to start an “opener” who is a pitcher that only throws one, no more than two innings to begin a game in place of a typical starting pitcher. Before he took him out, he made sure he hit his final batter, which ultimately caused the fight.
Crawford is still playing this week while his suspension is in the appeals process and should have an answer by Thursday if not early this weekend.
Some heads-up baserunning by J.P. Crawford and Julio Rodríguez — and some good luck — has put runners on the corners with two outs in the 8th inning instead of ending it.
When he does begin to serve his time, the Mariners will be left without the most predominant peace in their lineup.
Crawford is currently going through a 3-for-26 stretch, but still ranks in the top 10 among all shortstops in on base percentage, OPS and runs scored.
On the season he is batting .261 with five home runs, 19 RBI and a .729 OPS.
Every game moving forward is crucial for the Mariners after getting off to a slower start than most expected, but Captain J.P. Crawford’s decision to stand and fight with his team will have a lasting effect on the franchise through his tender in the Electric Factory that is Seattle, Washington.