Triston McKenzie was on another level this past Sunday as he was just fingertips away from making history.
He almost threw the first perfect game Major League Baseball has seen in nine years.
The last one was tossed by Mariners Cy Young ace Felix Hernadez, who threw one against the Tampa Bay Rays.
That earns him the top spot in Week 19 of our #HighFive list.
1. Triston McKenzie
We have known since last season that Cleveland Guardians pitcher Triston McKenzie can be one of the most electric pitchers in the Majors when he’s on, and last Sunday he showed the Detroit Tigers exactly that.
McKenzie pitched a career high eight innings, allowing just a single hit and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts as he vibed out on the Motor City mound.
“He was so chill, so under control, so confident, I loved it,” said Guardians catcher Austin Hedges when speaking on McKenzie’s demeanor on the mound.
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McKenzie has been sent up and down from Triple A multiple times this season; he never truly got the time to get reps in the Minors as he has been forced to learn on the fly due to injuries in the rotation.
After a few good starts leading up to his near bid at perfection, it seems he may have finally turned a corner.
McKenzie will look to build off his effort during his next start Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.
2. Aaron Judge
It may finally be time to say it, the Yankees are back, and their resurgence has a lot to do with the play of their All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge.
Had it not been for Tim Anderson’s heroics in the ninth inning of the “Field of Dreams” game, the sports world would have woken up to headlines of Aaron Judge being the biggest name in baseball.
Judge has seen his Yankees climb back into the thick of the playoff race over the last few weeks as they have won 10 of their last 11 series including taking two out of three against the White Sox and then sweeping their rivals, the Red Sox to begin the week.
An exact timetable for Chisholm’s return is unknown, but all reports speculate that the speedster could be back from the 10-day Injury List as early as Friday when the Marlins start their homestand vs. the New York Yankees.
The Marlins placed Chisholm on the IL on July 19 after the shortstop suffered what looked to be a severe shoulder injury after attempting to make a miraculous play on a Bryce Harper bloop single out in rightfield during a July 18 matchup vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.
The team and the fan base should be elated by how confident Chisholm regards his injury, as all signs pointed to something more severe as he laid motionless while waiting to be attended to by the teams’ medical staff.
He told the Miami Herald about the injury, “It could have been way worse than it was, easily. The doctor said, especially if I had hit the ground a little bit harder, and that could have been it for the season.”
While taking ground balls last week, Chisholm rejoiced at how he feels like he is ready to get back out on the field as soon as the team doctors clear him to return.
Expectations are for Chisholm to continue rehabbing until July 29, during the teams’ off-day ahead of their homestead, as mentioned earlier.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Chisholm’s speedy recovery is encouraging, especially since he showed so much motion only days after the initial injury.
He told the Miami Herald, “We will see what the trainers say, but him being out there is very encouraging. I know he is excited.”
Mattingly added, “he stopped by my office on the way in. It is good that he is healing quick, but I am sure we will be careful and let medical dictate when he is ready.”
Being on the injury list is nothing new for the bohemian blur who earlier in the season missed 16 games after he suffered a left hamstring strain in early May.
He also missed a few games in late May with a right ankle sprain and some foot discomfort in early June after taking an unavoidable pitch off his right foot.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. appears to be in a great deal of pain after — what looks like — taking a pitch to the ankle.
— Bally Sports Florida & Bally Sports Sun (@BallySportsFL) June 6, 2021
As the team continues its search for a spark down the stretch, Mattingly told MLB.com that Chisholm could skip the recommended rehab assignments and continue taking BPs as preparation for reinstatement by July 30.
Mattingly referenced that a few live pitches could be enough to get him back up to speed as the team is hopeful for reinstatement when he first becomes available Friday.
Through 263 at-bats, Chisholm will return to a .251 batting average with 38 runs scored, 34 RBI, 11 bases on balls, and 11 home runs which is a breath of fresh air for a struggling Marlins team who are last in National League East and losers of 10 out of their previous 14 games.
Listen up for the sweet sounds of the Jazzman as he should be Grazing In The Grass-like Hugh Masekela in a nightcap Friday evening against the Bronx Bombers at loanDepot park. First pitch scheduled at 7:10 p.m.
Last season’s American League Gold Glove shortstop made his bat come alive in 2021. He was the biggest All-Star snub this season as he posted a first half statline including 92 hits, 31 RBI, 46 runs a .279 average and a 1.4 Defensive WAR which is the highest in all of baseball.
Cedric Mullins of the Baltimore Orioles has been one of the most underrated players in the Majors this season, but during Week 13, he finally got the recognition he deserved.
Mullins was named an All Star finalist for the American League outfield and celebrated by posting a .444 average over his last seven games with a three game sweep of the first place Houston Astros.
For his accomplishments, the Orioles outfielder takes the top spot on this week’s #HighFive list.
1. Cedric “CM STORM” Mullins
Cedric Mullins was one of six MLBbros to be named a finalist to start in the 2021 All Star game in Denver, Colorado.
Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley and NY Yankees slugger Aaron Judge were also finalists for the three American League spots as well as Byron Buxton who is injured.
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Mullins is fourth in the league in total hits and eighth in batting average. He travels to the sunshine state this weekend for a series against J-Up and the Los Angeles Angels.
2. Trent Grisham
For bringing Slam Diego to the city of Cincinnati, Trent Grisham takes the No.2 spot on this week’s #HighFive.
Wednesday night’s game only lasted six innings after it was cut short due to rain, yet Grisham still managed to hit two home runs including a grand slam in the 5th inning to give his Padres a 7-5 lead.
He will look to add on to his five-game hitting streak this weekend in Philadelphia.
4. Josh Bell
Josh Bell got off to a slow start during his first season in the Nation’s Capital, like a lot of his Nationals teammates did.
But he is starting to find his stride and it has shown at the plate in recent weeks. Since June 16th he has 13 runs batted in and has hit three home runs, including a grand slam in a wild game last week against Philadelphia.
It came an inning after opposing MLBbro Andrew McCutchen hit a grand slam for the Phillies.