JP Crawford Is On His Way To A Second Gold Glove & Possibly His First Taste Of MLB Playoff Life

JP Crawford Is On His Way To A Second Gold Glove & Possibly His First Taste Of MLB Playoff Life

As the 2021 season is coming to an end, one player is out here balling and showing why he’s one of the best in the game.

That player is our fellow MLBbro J.P. Crawford. Crawford has been tearing up lately and he’s been a big reason why the Seattle Mariners are still in the playoff hunt.

He continues to show why he’s a Gold Glove winner and he’s on the verge of winning his second straight Gold Glove award. Crawford is a competitor and always wants to put his team in the best position to win games.

And he can do just that on the field and at the plate. 

 

On Tuesday, September 21st, the Mariners were playing in a must-win game against the Oakland Athletics, and Crawford made a big-time play. During the game, he made a diving stop at short to throw at a runner to end the inning. For some, it may have seemed like a tremendous play, but for Crawford, it was another play because that is something he does consistently.

“He lays out, gets up and throws an absolute dart across the field,” manager Scott Servais said. “That ball should’ve never been close. He’s got that kind of defensive ability.”

Not too long later, he made another diving play which he made look effortless. He just brings that swag to the game and makes those difficult plays look easy.

“It’s just something you just react to,” Crawford said after the game against the Athletics. “You just try to judge whether it’s gonna be an in-between hop or a long hop. So many thoughts can go through your head in such a short amount of time to where you just react to the ball. You just don’t think about stuff like that. You just make the play.”

While he’s been out here making plays on the field, his bat has been electric. During his last seven games, he’s hit .364 while slugging .545. He’s hit one home run with four RBI during that span. As of September 27th, he’s been on a five-game hitting streak and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games.

J.P. Crawford Continues His Rise Up The Shortstop Ranks

 

Throughout his career, Crawford has always displayed his athleticism on the field and that’s a big reason why he’s one of the best in the game. His teammates have certainly taken notice of his abilities and they know that the sky’s the limit for him.

“J.P. Crawford, man, I feel like every night it’s something special with him,” teammate Marc Gonzales said. “He should just have his name etched on it right now. The guy’s special. We call them ‘the unicorn’ for a reason. He just does it all. I hope everyone appreciates him as much as I do.”

“There’s a lot of really good shortstops in the American League, but nobody flashes the leather like J.P.,” Servais said. “It’s just the range, the athleticism and his ability to finish plays. He’s a Gold Glover if I’ve ever seen one. There’s no question about that.”

The 26-year-old is looking for his first playoff appearance and the Mariners are fighting for that Wild Card spot in the American League. J.P. Crawford is a name that people in baseball will be talking about for years to come.

#HIGHFIVE| Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 24)

#HIGHFIVE| Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 24)

Cedric Mullins is about to put the cherry on top for one of the greatest seasons ever for a Baltimore Oriole.  He is now one home run away from joining the 30/30 Club and may have pulled off the robbery of the year this week.

For that he takes the top spot on Week 24 of our #High/Five List.

1. Cedric Mullins

I think we should start this #High/Five List with what may be the catch of the 2021 season.

Cedric Mullins got HOPS!  And he showed them off by taking this home run away from Gary Sanchez last week.

What Cedric Mullins has accomplished this season is a testament to the work he put in to turn his career around over the off-season.  After stealing two bases on Saturday against the Red Sox he officially reached 30 stolen bases on the year, which is good for second in the American League.

Cedric Mullins On Verge Of 30-30 Club, Superstardom

Now, he is just one swing away from being the first member of the Baltimore Orioles to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season.  A feat that Adam Jones, Don Baylor and Reggie Jackson could not even reach.

The first time All-Star is sure to steal some MVP votes this season, and not even those can do him justice.  He’ll look to join the 30/30 Club this weekend in front of the Baltimore Faithful during their series against the Texas Rangers.

2. Andrew McCutchen

 

Andrew McCutchen is coming alive as the Phillies attempt to chase down a playoff spot entering the final week of the season.  Wednesday night his two-out two-run home run in the bottom of the 6th inning propelled the Phillies to a 4-3 win.

Over his last seven games McCutchen has a .259 batting average, five RBI and scored seven runs, but it’s something he did without even taking a swing that may have been his greatest play this week.

On Sunday Cutch wore a “Fair Ball” wristband during the game.  The wristbands were worn by some Phillies and Mets minor leaguers for a protest towards minor league payment wages.

The maturation of McCutchen from his electric rookie season, to Most Valuable Player award winner to now veteran and leader for all of baseball is one of the great aspects of his illustrious career. The journey has been plentiful.

3. JP Crawford

J.P. Crawford has his Mariners fighting to end the longest postseason drought in baseball, all while making his case at back-to-back Gold Gloves.

Every out counts for a Mariner team which is trying to leap into the playoffs for the first time since 2001, and J.P. Crawford has done his part by putting on a defensive clinic.

However he has become much more than just his glove. In addition to his leadership, since being moved into the leadoff spot, Crawford has been one of the better hitters in baseball posting a .267 batting average, nine home runs and 50 RBI.

Entering Thursday the Mariners are just two and a half games behind the Yankees for the final wild card spot.  They control their own destiny with a series against both their divisional rivals the Angels and Athletics to end the season.

4. Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien has a chance at history as he is just two home runs away from tying the record for most home runs in a season by a second baseman in Major League history.

Home Boi Highlights | Marcus Semien

For his historic season Rob Parker named him our Home Boi Highlights this week.

Semien is the only American-born player to have 40 home runs this season and he has literally been getting it done in two different countries.

If it wasn’t for Semien’s teammate closing in on a Triple Crown, and Ohtani’s performance as a two-way star, Semien would be the clear cut favorite for the American League’s Most Valuable Player award.

His 6.7 WAR is fourth in MLB and he has added 41 home runs, 97 RBI and 15 stolen bases.

Entering Thursday his Blue Jays are just a half game out for the final wild card spot.

5. Aaron Judge

This season Aaron Judge has shown he is a top 10 player in the Majors, but that won’t mean anything if he can’t carry his Yankees to the playoffs.

Judge’s 36 home runs are good for second in the American League for all outfielders and his .371 On Base Percentage is first.

One of the most underrated parts about Judge’s game is his defense and he has done a great job this year whether it being in centerfield or right.

This week Judge collected six hits, drove in five runs and scored four times.  His Yankees will match up for a series with the Red Sox this weekend that will have major playoff implications.

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 22)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 22)

1. Marcus Semien

 

Marcus Semien is representing his fellow Virgos around world with how he opened the month of September.

He has six home runs including a walkoff and a grand slam and is closing in on the record for most by a second baseman in Major League history.

For that he takes the top spot on Week 22 of our #HighFive list.

Marcus Semien Owned Labor Day Weekend | MLBbro Chasing Second Base Homer Record


Semien has 38 homers this season, which puts him 10th All-Time for most home runs by a second baseman in a season, tied with two Yankees; Alfonso Soriano and Gleyber Torres. 

 

Semien’s hot streak has the Blue Jays on fire, entering Thursday they have won seven straight games, nine of their last 10 and are only a game and a half behind New York for the second wild card spot.

Semien and his Blue Jays will travel to Baltimore to take on fellow #High/Five member Cedric Mullins and his Orioles.

2. Jo Adell

Jo Adell is becoming a fan favorite. The rookie  bounced back from a slow August and is owning September with the highest batting average for anyone on our #High/Five List.


Adell batted .216 with only one home run in August, but through the first week of September, he already has three homers, a .391 batting average and eight RBI.

His biggest hit came on Tuesday in the top of the seventh inning against the Padres.

Blake Snell had a no hitter going with runners on second and third.

Adell shot a single into left field which scored both runners and broke a 0-0 tie in a 4-0 Angels win.

 

3. Taylor Hearn

Taylor Hearn brings fire to the mound, whether he comes out of the bullpen, is an opener or gets to let it loose and go deep in games, like his most recent start. 


Hearn has registered four consecutive quality starts, earning the victory in his last three. 
In each of his last two starts, Hearn has gone a career-high 6.2 and a full seven innings.


Hearn is getting his first taste of full time action this season and seems to be coming into a zone, improving each time he takes the bump.

Over his last three starts he has an ERA of 2.97, 16 strikeouts and only two walks.

His next start is scheduled for Sunday as he’ll take on fellow MLBbros Tony Kemp and Josh Harrison.

4. Cedric Mullins

Even if you live under a rock you’re probably still aware that Cedric Mullins is raking. He has a chance to join the 30/30 club.

Even when he’s not circling the bases with one swing, Mullins is doing the job of a leadoff hitter and getting on base in any way possible.


Mullins has gotten on base in 15 consecutive games, not including his pinch hit appearance on August 30th and scored 15 times.

5. J.P. Crawford

The Mariners 19-year long playoff drought is currently the longest in the Majors.

At some point this season, they were supposed to fall off, but led by last year’s Gold Glove shortstop J.P. Crawford, they have won 7 out of 10 games and are two and a half back of the final wild card spot.

 


Crawford put the Astros on ice with a two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday to save Seattle from getting swept.

Over his last seven games Crawford is hitting .323 with six RBI, four walks and eight runs.

J.P. Crawford Continues His Rise Up The Shortstop Ranks

J.P. Crawford Continues His Rise Up The Shortstop Ranks

J.P. Crawford has evolved into a high-level player throughout the past few seasons.

When he first entered the league in 2017, it was just a matter of time until he would blow up.

When you talk about some of the top players in the league, it’s hard not to mention Crawford. 

The talented shortstop already has a Gold Glove Award under his belt and this season he had his eyes set on an All-Star selection.

 

J.P. Crawford’s Bat Is Catching Up To His Gold Glove

 

As the 2021 season progressed, Crawford was making a case for the All-Star ballot. 

This brother could not miss the ball at the plate during the month of June. He went on a six-game hitting streak earlier in the month and then not too long after went on a 12-game hitting streak.

Yes, this was all in the same month. He finished June with a .352 batting average with three home runs and 14 RBI.

 

Home Boi Highlights | J.P. Crawford

 

With those numbers you think he would be a shoe in to make the All-Star team. But unfortunately Crawford did not. The abundance of shortstop talent made him the odd man out.

Not being selected to the All-Star Game had Crawford feeling some type of way. “I was hurt. I still am,” Crawford told mlb.com when he was not selected. “I thought I had a shot to definitely be there. It’s a shame. I really wanted to represent Seattle…”

Though Crawford wasn’t selected to play in the All-Star Game, he knows that there is a lot more at stake this season.

Crawford has emerged as a leader in his third season with the Seattle Mariners. He is becoming a well-rounded, highly-confident player.

“I know I can compete with the best of them now, so I’ve just got to stay healthy,” Crawford said. 

“My first game here in ‘19, I was just trying to stay quiet, show these guys what I could do and stay out of the way,” Crawford said. “And now I feel like this is my team. And I feel that energy. Guys come up to me. I want them to come up to me. And I want to be that guy because I’ve always been that leader-type role, and I’m ready for it. This is my team. I want to lead us to the promised land.”

 

Our MLBbro is ready to help lead his team to the playoffs and he’s determined to build on the success he had during the 2020 season.

 

Through 96 games, Crawford has a .270 batting average with five home runs and 31 RBI. 

Though he didn’t make the All-Star team, Crawford is going to continue to show why he’s one of the top players in the league and he’ll be a Bro you definitely need to know during the second half of the season.