Aaron Judge had the third 4-hit game of his career, including two more homers to up his league-leading total to 14 as the red hot New York Yankees beat the Orioles 5-4 on Tuesday.

 

MLBbro Aaron Judge hit his league-leading 12th HR for the Yankees Friday night against the Chicago White Sox.

#HIGHFIVE: Top 5 MLBbros (Week 5)

#HIGHFIVE: Top 5 MLBbros (Week 5)

Josh Naylor etched his name into Major League Baseball’s history books Monday night by having the greatest late game performance in league history.  He is the only player to ever record eight RBI in the eighth inning or later as he carried the Guardians to one of their biggest comebacks in franchise history.  For that he takes the top spot on our Week 5 #HighFive list.

1. Josh Naylor

Josh Naylor changed the trajectory of the Guardians season with a few late inning swings Monday night leading him to the top spot on our #HighFive list.

The Guardians entered the ninth inning trailing Chicago 8-2.  After getting a few runs across the plate Naylor entered the batters with two-outs and his team trailing 8-4. On the first swing of his at-bat he launched a grand slam to right field off closer Liam Hendricks.  He shushed the crowd as he crossed home plate, clearly saving some emotion for what was to come later.

Then with the game tied at nine in the 11th, Naylor launched a two-out three-run home run to break the hearts of fans on Chicago’s Southside.

It may be the best home run celebration I have seen.  We see players showing emotion more so now than in years past, but I’m not sure any player has shown more excitement than Naylor did.

In addition to his eight RBI, Naylor also had a game-saving scoop on a throw from third base in the bottom of the ninth inning to give himself a chance at being the hero later on.

Over his last seven games Naylor is batting .417 with a .875 slugging percentage, three home runs, 14 RBI and an on base percentage over .440.

He has been up and down from the Majors to the Minors over the last few seasons, but by the way he is going this season, he won’t have to leave the Guardians locker room any time soon.

2. Mookie Betts

We are going to see MVP Mookie Betts this entire season.  Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made it clear before the season his team has one goal in mind, win their eighth World Series championship, prompting Betts to respond as the teams table setter out of the leadoff spot.

Tuesday his season long 10-game hitting streak snapped but he made up for it by nailing a runner out at home in the first inning of that same game.

His 22 runs scored is good for second in the Majors as he trails Manny Machado by one for the lead.  Over his last seven games Betts is batting .300 with seven RBI, two home runs and five runs scored helping his Dodgers get to the top of the N.L. West.

3. Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge was the first player in the Majors to reach 10 home runs and has his team with the best record in the League going into this weekend as he earns the third spot on our #HighFive list.

Judge hit the first walk-off home run Tuesday night to kickoff what would be a three-game sweep in round one of their season-long matchup with the Blue Jay.

Through his last seven games Judge is batting .259 with six RBI, three walks and two home runs.

This weekend his Yankees travel to Chicago to take on Tim Anderson and the White Sox in their first matchup since the Field of Dreams game. 

Saturday Night will be Tim Anderson bobblehead night.

4. Josh Bell

Josh Bell is making a case to be named an All-Star for the second time in his career by the way his 2022 season has started.

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Bell’s .349 batting average is the third highest in the Majors and he talked with our very own Nick Hamilton last weekend about what he thought were the keys to his own success.

Through his last seven games Bell is batting .360 with a .448 on base percentage, three RBI and six runs scored.

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes

Ke’Bryan Hayes is earning the biggest contract in Pittsburgh Pirates history as he ranks in the top 10 for both WAR rating and on base percentage while being 11th in batting average.

He also leads all third baseman in Defensive WAR, but we have always acknowledged his potential to become the best defensive player in the league regardless of position.

 

Through his last seven games Hayes is batting .286 and has drawn three walks.

MLBbro Aaron Judge had a walk-off, three-run homer, giving the Yankees a 6-5 win in Da Bronx Tuesday night.

#HIGH FIVE | Top MLBbro Players (Week 4)

#HIGH FIVE | Top MLBbro Players (Week 4)

Aaron Judge is continuing his case to be the highest paid player in baseball when this off-season comes around.

He told the media he wouldn’t talk about his contract once the season started but his early season MVP campaign is speaking volumes. He takes the top spot in Week 4 of our #HighFive list after hitting five home runs and carrying the Yankees to an 11-game winning streak.

 

1. Aaron Judge

Funny how the Yankees went on the longest winning streak in the Majors this season after a two-home run game from Aaron Judge a few weeks ago ignited the team.  Since then, Judge, who entered Thursday tied for first in MLB with two other players (nine home runs), has been one of the best players in baseball.

 

 

He was named Rob Parker’s Homeboi Highlight this week after homering in four out of five games and posting a batting average over .400.

In all, Judge has hits in 12 out of his last 14 games and has his Yankees sitting with the best record in the American League East and tied for the best record in the Majors with their crosstown rivals, the Mets.

Judge and the Yankees had their winning streak snapped Wednesday after the home plate umpire decided to call a few strikes that were near his ankles, but despite that Judge has driven in 13 runs, scoring seven, had a .867 slugging percentage with a .333 batting average over his last seven games.

2. J.P. Crawford

J.P. Crawford joined Aaron Judge as the only two MLBbros named to Major League Baseball’s April Team of the Month. He hit .360 with nine RBI and three home runs that were followed by some top-notch bat flips.

 


Crawford currently leads the American League with a .452 on-base percentage and ranks in the top five for both Wins Above Replacement and OPS.

Crawford had his 11-game hitting streak snapped a few days ago, but immediately began a new one the following day going 2-for-4 and scoring a run, in a game that Dusty Baker clinched his 2,000th win as a manager.

Over his last seven games, Crawford is batting .400 with a .600 slugging percentage and five runs scored.  He’s on pace to have a 30-homer season and potentially a Silver Slugger award in his trophy case next to his Gold Glove.

3. Mookie Betts


Like our own Dante Miles said, it was only a matter of time before Betts got out of his early season slump. He’s given Dodger fans a glimpse of what MVP Mookie brings to the table.

He has collected nine hits in his last seven games including two home runs. One come last night against their rival Giants that had one of their fans nearly in tears after he caught it.

Entering Thursday, Betts was tied for the Major League lead with 23 runs scored this season which is a good sign knowing he has yet to reach his full form in the batters box. He is batting .346 with a .577 slugging percentage and three RBI over his last seven games.

 

4. Josiah Gray

 

Josiah Gray went into the Bay and tore it up during his start last Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. Gray bounced back after taking his second loss of the season. He tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in a big way, firing six scoreless innings of one hit baseball.

Gray did not give up a hit through the first 4.2 innings. He was able to keep the Giants off the board despite giving up a season-high four walks. He only struck out three batters, but one came on a nasty slider with the bases loaded to kill what could have been a major rally.

 


Gray earned three wins for the Nationals as he continues to earn his stripes this season.

On the season, Gray has a 3-2 record with 31 strikeouts and a 3.12 ERA.  His next start will be Saturday night under the bright lights of Los Angeles against the Angels.

5. Giancarlo Stanton

Last week he became the seventh-fastest player ever to reach 350 home runs with a first inning bomb against Baltimore.  

Along with making history at the plate, Giancarlo Stanton began the week showing he is no liability in the outfield by making one of the most impressive catches we have seen this season.

 


Monday came around and Stanton made one of the best catches we have seen this entire season when he robbed Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman with a leaping catch at the wall.

Stanton once again leads the league in average exit velocity at 97.4 MPH and has the highest max exit velocity recorded when he hit a 119.8 MPH liner earlier this season has been just as important as Aaron Judge to the Yankees lineup during their most recent hot streak.

Over his last seven games Stanton is batting .321 with two home runs, four RBI and an on-base percentage over .400.