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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.