Two former World Series Champions and teammates in Michael Brantley and George Springer are expected to miss time down the stretch due to injuries.
The understated superstar may see his streak of five consecutive seasons with a batting average of .299 or better snapped because of a shoulder injury that leaves him with no timetable to return.
When Astros general manager James Click was asked if Brantley would be back at any point this season, he said “We hope so, but with every passing day, you have to kind of take an honest look at it.”
Brantley has not played since June 26th when Houston traveled to the Bronx for what was looked at as a possible future American League Championship Series preview.
They would end up splitting the four-game series. Entering Tuesday, both teams are currently tied for the best record in the American League.
Although the already-loaded Astros bulked up at the trade deadline by adding former Oriole Trey Mancini and Red Sox catcher Christian Vasquez, Brantley’s presence will be missed if he is not available come October.
Last postseason, Brantley was a key part of their run to the World Series, batting .319 with nine RBI, four doubles and a .724 OPS. In 2020, he hit .346 with a .424 on base percentage, .982 OPS six walks and 11 RBI. In 64 games this season, Brantley is batting .288 with five home runs and 28 runs scored.
There will be no rush to bring him back until he is fully healthy. Hopefully we get to see one of the best hitters in the game this fall.
The Blue Jays win when George Springer is in.
It could be any time between a few days and a few weeks before one of the greatest leadoff hitters of all time is back in the fold.
Springer was placed on the 10-Day Injured List over the weekend with inflammation in his right elbow. Some of the moves the Jays made at the deadline bring up questions about how long they could be without him.
The team traded for utility player Whit Merrifield and added MLBbro outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. after he was Designated for Assignment by the Red Sox last week.
Bradley Jr. was the 2018 American League Championship Series MVP and reunited with Boston after spending a season in Milwaukee.
He could never get much going at the plate, as he was only hitting .210 with a .257 on base percentage this year, but defensively he is still one of the best in the Majors.
In his career, Springer has hit 51 leadoff home runs which is fourth-most all time in Major League history. Rickey Henderson is at the head of the table with 81 during his 25-year playing career.
Despite having seven other All-Stars players since 2021, the Jays win and loss total rides on whether Springer is in the lineup or not.
Since signing a six-year $150 million deal with Toronto, the franchise has a record of 97-70 when he plays and 54-52 when he does not. Springer is eligible to return August 15th when Cedric “CM Storm” Mullins brings his Orioles to “The 6” for a three-game series.
When the top players in baseball meet for the 92nd MLB All-Star Game on July 19 in Dodger Stadium to find out whether the National League or the American League takes the home-field advantage for the World Series, there will be some MLBbros to cover on this special night.
MLBbro.com will be covering seven players in this celebratory event and one of the more underrated players will definitely be George Springer who was named as a reserve over the weekend. Springer has four selections (two as a starter and two as a reserve) in his career.
The MLBbro has had a bounce-back season after being plagued with injuries last season that limited him to less than 80 games. Springer’s 17 home runs and 80 RBI are one of the bright spots for a Toronto Blue Jays team that is going in the wrong direction in the American League East standings.
They are currently fourth in the division with only two games separating them from the cellar with a fast-approaching Baltimore Orioles team riding an eight-game winning streak.
While the Blue Jays are technically still in the playoff conversation being tied for the third and final Wild Card spot with the Seattle Mariners, losing eight of their last nine games leaves little to be excited about in Toronto.
This is where George Springer comes in. He’s one of the few players on the roster along with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. who commands some headlines. His reputation as one of baseball’s leadoff power hitters is only buoyed by his league-leading eight deposits into the seats this year to lift his career total to 51, fourth in MLB history. His latest episode of lead-off power happened just this past weekend.
George Springer doesn't care about your game time weather forecasts.
With three more lead-off homers, our MLBbro can pass Craig Biggio and Alfonso Soriano for second place with only MLBbro icon Rickey Henderson in front of him. Rickey Henderson’s knack of lead-off homers was epic, even when he did the deed twice in a double header…
George Springer showed a lot of humility after working so hard to get back healthy from the knee issues that slowed his progress. But his plans during the Midsummer Classic are probably more impressive than being voted in by his peers. He plans to mingle with his All-Star brethren to pick up pointers to add to his game via MLB.com.
“I kind of just watch and listen and learn and just see how guys go about things,” Springer said. “When you sit in a locker room with guys like Aaron Judge and Mike Trout and watch them go about their day and you know how they did things, just to see how they navigate it is pretty special.”
“The players play the game and understand what everyone’s pulling through, the highs and the lows and all that stuff,” Springer said.
Even though our MLBbro is honored to be selected for the All-Star game, he realizes that there is a lot of work to do if the postseason is in the cards for the Toronto Blue Jays via SportsNet.com.
“There’s a lot to be proud of, I think,” he said of this season thus far. “Obviously these last couple of weeks haven’t been the way that I would want them to go. But that’s the game right there. I can be proud of being consistent throughout the year. I still believe I can be a lot better. And hopefully I will.”
The staff at MLBbro.com believes so without a doubt. George Springer’s 51st lead-off home run was shown earlier in this article. Here are the other 50! Congratulations to our MLBbro on his fourth All-Star bid.
The 2022 All-Star Game is less than a month away and the stars will be in attendance at Dodgers Stadium on July 19th. We will get to see the best of the best showcase their skills and there’s a chance we see multiple MLBbros participate in the game.
Voting for the American and National League teams started this month and on Tuesday, the league revealed its Phase one first standings for the All-Star ballots.
The American League could see up to four MLBbros play the outfield position.
According to mlb.com, Aaron Judge had the most votes of any player in the AL with 1,512,368. George Springer was third in the standings with 622,063, Giancarlo Stanton was fourth with 504,537, and Byron Buxton was sixth with 403,050.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if all of these brothers made the All-Star team. They have each made a name for themselves over the years and have become top players at their positions. The only player in the elite group to not make an All-Star squad is the oft-injured Buxton, but that could change this season.
Here is a breakdown of how each player has done so far this season:
Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)
Judge has had a remarkable season and has been a major reason why the Yankees have had so much success this season. After turning down a healthy contract offer in the offseason, the 30-year-old has taken the league by storm and is on pace to put up some historic numbers this year. Through 67 games, he’s leading the league in home runs with 27.
This brother has been a beast at the plate, and he’s provided a spark at the top of the Yankees lineup all season and he’ll continue to do so throughout the remainder of the year. He’s hitting .302 with 52 RBI and 57 runs scored — as you can see the numbers are impressive.
George Springer (Toronto Blue Jays)
The three-time All-Star is in his second season with the Blue Jays and he’s immediately become one of the team’s best players.
Springer knows a thing or two about winning at the highest level, doing so in 2017 when he was a part of a Houston Astros team that won the World Series. Now he is trying to help the Blue Jays get to a World Series. Springer is second on the team with 13 home runs and he’s third in RBI with 34.
This brother is the prototype leadoff hitter who has 50 career leadoff homers. Springer impacts the game at the plate and in the field and he’s done just that so far this season.
Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees)
Just like his teammate, Aaron Judge, Stanton has played a big role so far for the Yankees. Stanton has had some clutch moments this season and has put his team in positions to win ball games. This is one brother who can rake, and when he makes contact at the plate, the ball jumps off his bat.
He’s hitting .245 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI through 56 games. The Yankees have one of the most explosive lineups in all of baseball with Stanton and Judge leading the way.
Byron Buxton (Minnesota Twins)
It has not been an ideal season for Buxton as he’s dealt with injuries, but the fact that he’s in the top 10 of the standings in this first wave of voting says a lot about him and how he’s played this year.
It still seems as though the Gold Glove winner is still not at 100 percent. But he’s still been playing at a high level. This month he had a four-game hitting streak and during that hitting streak he homered in three straight games.
Buxton can hit for average and for power and he’s certainly displayed that this season. And we all know what he can do in the field as well. It would be great to see these brothers play in the All-Star Game and show everyone why they are the best of the best.
LOS ANGELES – As the Toronto Blue Jays are looking to be World Series contenders, their leadoff man George Springer, is looking like the man they were hoping to get when they signed him.
The 2017 World Series MVP has been doing well so far this season. In the 58 games he has played in (as of Saturday June 18) he is batting .271, with 12 home runs, and 33 RBI. He has a .340 on-base percentage, and a .505 slugging percentage, as well as scoring 39 runs.
The 2021 season, the first year of the 6-year, $150 million contract he signed with the Blue Jays, was a bit of a let-down season. Springer only played 78 games due to a quadriceps injury that was affecting him during last year’s spring training as well as the first couple of months of the season. He then had a minor ankle sprain in August that kept him out for two weeks, as the Blue Jays missed the playoffs.
Springer, the 11th overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft, was one of the core pieces of the Houston Astros’ success up to the 2020 season.
He was an All-Star from 2017-2019, as well as earning Silver Slugger awards in both 2017 and 2019. Of course, to top off the 2017 World Series championship, he earned his World Series MVP title for going 11-for-29 (.379 batting average), with five home runs, seven RBI, and eight extra base hits, which is a World Series record.
He is not only a great player on the field, but what people may not know is that he has done terrific work off the field. Throughout his life, Springer has had a stutter, and he has talked about how difficult it was growing up with it, and building confidence in himself.
In order to be more of a role model to kids who also have stutters, Springer has partnered with a company called SAY, a non-profit organization which “empowers and supports young people who stutter and the world that surrounds them.”
Springer wants to help change the narrative of how stuttering is viewed by the general public, and to help show kids who stutter to be more comfortable with themselves, saying “I totally embrace my stutter – it makes me who I am.”
With the Blue Jays being one of the betting favorites coming into the 2022 season, Springer has tended to be an overlooked piece in a team with young rising stars such as Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, as well as their terrific pitching staff, led by Alek Manoah and Kevin Gausman getting the majority of the spotlight.
In order to achieve the success that they hope, their leadoff man will play a huge role to get on base, to the heart of their lineup to do the damage and bring him home. If he can be just as good as he was from 2017-2019, the Blue Jays will be in real good hands.
Few people on this planet play the game of baseball better than Byron Buxton. The five-tool outfielder for the Minnesota Twins has been a constant force for the team everyday he is penciled in the lineup. He takes the top spot in Week 10 of our #HighFive List after winning the American League Player of the Week award for the second time in his career.
1. Byron Buxton
“I’m just trying to go up there and hit line drives through the ball,” Buxton told reporters. “Through it, not over it. Just stick with that kind of mentality. They just keep carrying it a little bit further.”
Buxton now has 18 home runs this season tying him for second most with reigning Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso.
Byron Buxton was named the American League Player of the Week after hitting five home runs with an OPS of 1.095, seven RBI with an average of .333.
One statistic that shows Buxton’s speed and power is his 44 home runs since he last grounded into a double play – most homers between a double play since they began being tracked in 1940.
Buxton has five home runs, eight RBI, seven runs scored and a .240 average over his last seven games.
After helping the Twins win two out of three games against J.P. Crawford and the Seattle Mariners will take Minnesota to the desert for a weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
2. Michael Brantley
Michael Brantley is batting .429 through the first two weeks plus of June and has a hit in every game helping him earn the second spot on our #HighFive List.
The five-time All-Star has put himself in the elite category of hitters throughout his career. He is one of the only players to have a batting average .300 for the last four consecutive seasons – and hit .299 in 2017.
This season Brantley has drawn more walks (28) than strikeouts (24) so far. Over his last seven games he’s hitting .385 with four RBI, four walks and six runs scored. This weekend Brantley and his Astros welcome the Chicago White Sox into Houston.
3. Aaron Judge
Just keep the “All Rise” soundbite on loop for the rest of the season. Major League Baseball’s current home run leader continued the campaign for the first MVP award of his career this week earning him the third spot on our #HighFive List.
Judge hit his 25th home run of the season Wednesday night off of American League Cy Young contender Shane McClanahan. Judge iss officially on pace for 65 home runs, just seven less than Barry Bonds 73 in 2001.
He has homered in six of his last 11 games and became just the second player to hit 100 home runs in the current Yankee Stadium. Only Mark Teixeira has more (113). On his current pace, Judge could officially become that stadium’s home run king by July.
The 2021 All-Star has been solid on the mound this season. He’s got an 3.08 ERA with 35 strikeouts and a 4-2 record for a Mets rotation that has been hampered early with injuries.
If you take away a rough outing against the Phillies back in May, Walker’s ERA would be at 2.44 and he would probably be getting major consideration for his second-consecutive All-Star berth.
Walker’s next start will come Saturday at Citi Field against the Jazz Chisholm Jr. and the Miami Marlins.
5. George Springer
George Springer had reached base safely in 24 consecutive games, before the streak was snapped Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles.
It was the longest streak in the Majors at the time. Despite it being snapped, Springer is still having one of the best comeback seasons in baseball.
Due to injuries, Springer only played in 78 games last season which was his lowest total since his debut season in 2014.
Baseball’s most explosive leadoff hitter is on track to make his fourth-career All-Star team as he is batting .271 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI as he tries to keep a Blue Jays team that came into the season with high expectations above water.