#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 10)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 10)

Nobody in all of baseball had a better week at the plate than Baltimore Orioles’ center fielder Cedric Mullins. 

CM Storm takes the top spot in Week 10 of our #HighFive list and remains hotter than a new stereo system during a blackout. 

 

1. Cedric Mullins

Mullins rocked out in Cleveland this weekend to the tune of a .750 batting average, going 9-for-12 with three home runs, four RBI and five runs scored on his way to earning a feature on Monday’s Homeboi Highlights.

 

 

CM Storm has been getting it done all year, and with All-Star voting recently opening up, he has taken his play to another level in hopes of earning one of the three starting outfield positions.  In his last seven games, he has an average of .536 with a 1.036 Slugging Percentage, three home runs, nine runs scored and five RBI.

The fleet-footed outfielder’s .323 batting average is sixth place in all of Major League Baseball.  His 76 hits lead the American League and are good for third in the Majors. Mullins will look to gain more All-Star momentum and inch closer to a mid-season batting championship during this weekend series in Tampa against the Rays.

 

2. J.P. Crawford

J.P. Crawford has been scorching to start June. 

 

He recorded hits in 10 of his last 11 games before going hitless Thursday, which is something he has not done often this year.

J.P. has upped his game on the offensive side of the ball this season.  In addition to adding on more weight, he has drastically improved his batting average against left handed pitchers.  This season,  he is hitting .365 off lefties with eight doubles as opposed to a .242 average in 2020 and a .160 line in 2019.

 

3. Taijuan Walker

One half of the New York Mets Melanated Mound Marauders sits in the three spot on this week’s High Five list.  Taijuan Walker has gotten straight to business since returning from injury May 29th.  In his last 34 innings, he has only given up five earned runs. 

Walker is going through a stretch where he has allowed no more than one run in five of his last six starts.

 

 

Taijuan brought his best stuff to Baltimore on Wednesday as he had one of his best starts of the season.  He struck out nine through seven innings, allowing just one run and making one of the plays of the year, stopping a line drive and throwing a runner out at first from the ground. 

He sits in sixth in the MLB with a 2.07 ERA leading into his next start Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.

 

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes

Ke’Bryan Hayes missed two months after suffering a wrist injury at the beginning of the year and since returning to the Pirates’ lineup has wasted no time in reminding us that he is one of the best young players in the game.

 

 

Hayes is 9-for-26 with a .346 average, a home run, three RBI and four runs scored.  

We as fans have to feel cheated for not getting to watch Ke’Bryan play ball much this season and it’s going to be a treat seeing him get the chance to develop in front of our eyes for a young Pittsburgh team that is in dire need of a spark plug.

5. Tim Anderson 

Tim Anderson has been a consistent force for one of the best lineups in baseball through this entire season as he has his White Sox five games ahead of the pack in the American League Central.

During his last seven games, Anderson has a .379 batting average, a .552 Slugging Percentage, a home run and six RBI.  His .302 batting average puts him just outside the top 10 in Major League Baseball.  

 

 

T.A. will have a chance to creep closer towards his second batting title this weekend as he and his White Sox travel to Mo-Town to take on the Tigers.

CM Storm Making Strong Case To Become Charm City’s First Black All-Star Since Adam Jones

CM Storm Making Strong Case To Become Charm City’s First Black All-Star Since Adam Jones

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins continues to make his case to represent the Birds in the American League All-Star Game and it is getting impossible to refute his claim. It was clear from the season’s first week that Mullins came to ball at an auspicious level and MLBbro.com has been there every step of the way. 

 

Are You Not Entertained? | If You’ve Been Watching Cedric Mullins, You Have To Be 

 

With conversations swirling about whether the organization sees him as part of their future or whether he will be made available for more prospects at the trade deadline, Birdland’s center fielder continues to mash out and grab clout, despite languishing on a last-place team. 

Mullins is the catalyst to Baltimore’s offense and usually, the driving force on the rare occasion that they win games.

He hit safely in 19 of their first 20 victories and helped them rise from their 14-game losing skid with a six-game hitting streak that led to three consecutive wins prior to Saturday’s home loss to the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards. 

In that 10-4 loss, marked by pitcher John Means’ early exit with shoulder fatigue, Mullins provided more evidence to merit AL all-star consideration.

 

 

Mullins went 5-for-5 for the second time in his career Saturday and belted two home runs.  He is the only Orioles player with multiple home run games this year and drove in three of the team’s four runs and scored the other.  That gave him 70 hits for the season which is Top 3  in all of baseball midway through the weekend.  Mullins’ 14 doubles and three triples are leading the team as well.

Baltimore has not been represented by more than one all-star since 2014. If Mullins gets the call this year he would be the first Black Knight from B-more to represent at the Midsummer Classic since MLBbro emeritus Adam Jones capped a four-year run in 2015.

Aaron Judge’s Booming Bat Was Double Trouble | Yankee Injuries Have Left Him Dolo

Aaron Judge’s Booming Bat Was Double Trouble | Yankee Injuries Have Left Him Dolo

Rob Parker called Aaron Judge out in an episode of “Foul or Fair” this week on MLBbro.com.

Parker said that Judge was being outshined by teammate Giancarlo Stanton and needed to elevate his game, assume leadership of the team, and produce, like the 52-homer rookie we all thought would ascend to the face of baseball. 

 

 

Judge must have been listening, because with teammate Aaron Hicks out and Stanton benched with quad issues, Judge found himself alone, without his fellow MLB bros to support him offensively.  

The 2017 American League Rookie of the Year smashed two homers in his first two at-bats to power the Yankees past Baltimore 5-4 on Friday night. 

 

 

Judge answered the call and carried a compromised Yankees lineup to victory over a pesky AL East division rival. It seems as if all of the Yankees-Orioles games this season have been dogfights. Judge’s two jacks put the Yankees ahead 2-1 to set the tone. 

Black Knight Cedric Mullins AKA CM Storm, got two more hits to raise his season total to 45, good for fourth in all of MLB.

Those hits weren’t enough, however, to overcome the Judgian blasts that rained down on Baltimore like a helicopter without gas, hurling to the ground. 

Meanwhile, the Yankees were finding a groove with Stanton and Judge finally both healthy in the lineup.

 

Hicks seemed to be coming around as well in recent games. However, as most people predicted, the Yankees’ two big boppers can’t stay healthy at the same time.

There’s a lack of continuity there that will probably come to sadly define this latest Yankees era, if these guys don’t ever get it together. 

So the game of seesaw between Judge and Stanton continues. When Stanton is healthy Judge is out, when Judge is out Stanton is rolling. It’s a weird dynamic that the Yankees have had to deal with. 

At least Judge seems to be locked in and willing to put the Bronx Bombers on his back for a stretch until reinforcements arrive and the pinstripes (2 games out of first place)  can make a serious move on the AL East crown.