Big Bux Hopes To Resume His MVP Campaign

Big Bux Hopes To Resume His MVP Campaign

Byron Buxton is set to begin his rehab stint in Triple-A St. Paul with the hopes of returning to the Big League club this weekend. Buxton has been seen running at 100 percent. If all goes well, he should return to the Twins’ lineup for their weekend series in Minnesota against Michael Brantley and the Houston Astros.

He will look to reclaim the starting job in centerfield for the American League All-Star team and put his name back in the conversation for Most Valuable Player.

Buxton came out the gate throwing harder haymakers than Ali to begin this season.  It seemed he had finally put all five tools together as he hit .370 with nine home runs, 17 RBI and five stolen bases in his first 24 games of the year.  

 

 

 In April, he was awarded the AL Player of the Month Award after batting .426 with a .466 On Base Percentage, eight home runs, 14 RBI, 15 Runs Scored and three steals.  He also set Twins’ franchise records for March and April in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS.

His defensive play in centerfield had him on his way to winning the first Gold Glove of his career. On May 6, Buxton hit a grounder to the shortstop in the late innings of what would end up being a loss to the Texas Rangers. 

 Buxton has always been a hustler as he has beaten out multiple routine plays throughout his career.  

This time as Buxton crossed first base it was apparent something was wrong.  He did not return to the game and ended up having a Grade 2 right hip strain, which put him on the Injured List for the last 30 games.

His absence has truly shown how valuable Buxton truly is to Minnesota.  Buxton had a Wins Above Replacement rating of 2.7 before his injury, good for third in MLB.  Marcus Semien, who won the AL Player of the Month for May,  is tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for first in the American League with a WAR of 3.1.

The Twins were sitting in first before Buxton went down and since then are 13-17 and have fallen into last place, 12 games behind the first-place White Sox in the AL Central.

Buxton is returning just in time to have his name in conversations to be at this year’s All-Star Game next month in Denver.  Fan voting determines the starting lineup for each division while the managers decide on the rest of the rosters.  

I believe the fans will handle their business and vote Buxton as the centerfield starter despite him missing time with a few injuries this season.  

The All-Star Game is a collection of the greatest talent in the sport, and fans will be cheated if they are not able to see Buxton chase down balls in centerfield while hitting home runs out of the launching pad that is Coors Field.  

MLB’s Elite Black Players Have Been Playing Musical Chairs WIth The IL

MLB’s Elite Black Players Have Been Playing Musical Chairs WIth The IL

Some of MLB’s best Black Knights have been sidelined with injuries, robbing the fans of some sensational contributions to the game. MVP candidate Byron Buxton, Toronto’s $125 million man George Springer and Black Ace David Price are just a few of the leading MLBbros that have been regulated to the bench due to injury.

There’s definitely something in the air. In the words of Beanie Seagel, ” I can feel it.”

 

 

 

#HIGHFIVE: Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Bros Of Week 5

#HIGHFIVE: Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Bros Of Week 5

This week’s #HighFIVE is highlighted by the American League Player of the Month, a man swinging the hottest bat in baseball, and a player who committed a Bro-on-Bro crime with his grand slam last Saturday.

 

1.Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton was named American League Player of the Month for his MVP-type performance to open the season in April. He hit eight home runs and batted .426 with a .897 slugging percentage while stealing three bases to go along with 14 RBI and 15 runs scored all while playing just 18 games.  He set franchise records for the Twins with the highest batting average, slugging percentage and OPS for the months of March and April.  

 

Last Friday night, Buxton reminded us he is still a beast on the defensive side.  He made a diving catch then caught another while leaping against the center field wall in a Twins victory over their divisional rivals in Kansas City.

2. Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton has been stunting with his bat on his way to making his first appearance on our #HighFIVE list this season. He has been on a tear and put the league on notice during his current 12-game hitting streak.  Stanton has a home run in three straight games for the 17th time in his career and his five go-ahead home runs this season are tied with Fernando Tatís Jr. for the most in baseball.  

 

 

Stanton has been hitting the cover off the baseball during this run.  He has hit 12 batted balls with an exit velocity of 115 plus MPH — the rest of the league has just seven. He’s hit six home runs and knocked in 11, and scored 11 runs as well during the streak.

 

3. Cedric Mullins

Cedric Mullins has kicked his feet up and gotten comfortable being a part of our High FIVE list this season.  He currently third in Major League in hits with 39 and ranks 14th with a .320 batting average.

 

 

This week, Mullins made a play that will have him eating free in Baltimore for years to come as his sliding catch in center field helped preserve John Means no-hitter, which was the first solo one by an Orioles pitcher in 50 years.

4. Jack Flaherty 

Flaherty is the lone pitcher on this week’s #HighFIVE.  In his last start against the Pirates, he struck out a season-high nine batters as he pitched six innings, allowing two runs in a 12-5 Cardinal win. He sits alone at the top of the wins leaderboard with a 5-0 record. Four of his last five appearances have been quality starts and he has posted a 36 to 10 strikeout-to-walk ratio during the season.  

 

His next start will come Friday night when his Cardinals face the Colorado Rockies.

5. Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson rounds out our High FIVE by taking the fifth spot as his bat has stayed hot since his return from the injured list a few weeks ago.  He is batting.298 with four home runs, 15 runs and 12 RBI this season.

Anderson was wanted for committing Bro-on-Bro crime last Saturday afternoon. The former batting champion hit a grand slam off Indians pitcher and fellow MLB Bro Tristen McKenzie.  

 

 

TA has seven hits and seven RBI in his last six games.  Anderson must continue to be a force in the White Sox lineup as they lost several key member of their outfield to injury.