JP Crawford Is Vital to Seattle’s Playoff Push | There’s A Next Level For This MLBbro

JP Crawford Is Vital to Seattle’s Playoff Push | There’s A Next Level For This MLBbro

The MLB playoffs will have a different look this year. A total of 12 teams will be featured in the postseason (six teams from the American and National League).

It will be an exciting finish toward the end of the season as teams will try to secure a spot to compete for a World Series title.

The Seattle Mariners are a team that could earn a spot in the playoffs as a four, five, or six seed.

J.P. Crawford will be a player the Mariners will lean on as the team has sights to make the postseason. Over the past few seasons, Crawford has developed into a leader and one of the top players for the Mariners.

When the word competitor is mentioned, it’s hard not to put Crawford in that category.

JP Crawford & Cedric Mullins Are Changing The Culture One At Bat At A Time

 

He is a player that wants to win and will do whatever it takes to put his team in the best position to win games. One thing he does not like is missing games for whatever reason.

Right before the All-Star break, he missed a couple games due to discomfort in his right index finger. It got to the point where he was struggling to grip the ball and that affected his throwing.

“It’s just bad no matter where I’m at,” Crawford said in an article from The Seattle Times. “I don’t like it. I get too locked in.”

“I tried and I was barely getting the ball over there (to first base),” he said.

Crawford only missed two games, but he wanted to be out there playing with his team. He has that leadership mindset and wants to do whatever it takes to get on the field.

But, injuries are a part of the game and the Mariners want him at 100 percent.

And even if he’s not playing, Crawford is going to support his team from the dugout. Coming back from the All-Star break, the 27-year-old has appeared in every game for the Mariners.

He had a strong offensive performance on Wednesday going 2-for-4 against the New York Yankees. The Mariners took two of three against the Yankees which is a positive sign.

And the Mariners would want to see Crawford have more performances like the one on Wednesday throughout the remainder of the season.

Through 95 games this season, he is hitting .262 with five home runs and 27 RBI. And let’s not forget how stellar of a job our MLBbro does at shortstop.

 

 

There’s a reason why he won a Gold Glove in 2020. Crawford has yet to appear in a postseason game, so these next two months of the season will be very important to him and the Mariners organization. There’s a strong chance that Crawford will play in as many games as he can, unless he’s dealing with an injury. You better believe that when his number is called, Crawford is going to step up and show why he’s the real deal. 

#HIGHFIVE | Top Black & Brown Players This Week (Week 16)

#HIGHFIVE | Top Black & Brown Players This Week (Week 16)

Mookie Betts got his half started with an epic game against the Dodgers biggest rivals then followed by joining the 200-career home run club, giving him the top spot in Week 16 of our #HighFive list.

1. Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts carried his MVP caliber first half of 2022 into the second part of the season as his Dodgers now have their National League West division lead reached 11.5 games.

Betts hit a bottom of the eighth inning three-run game winning home run in one of Major League Baseball’s top three rivalries: the Giants vs Dodgers Thursday night in the first game back from a brief All-Star Break.

That put a cap on an impressive five-run comeback, and Betts put the final bow on the victory with a diving catch to end the game.

Mookie Betts Caps Special Week For MLBbro Culture With 200th Career Homer

Saturday night he hit the 200th homer of his career and number 201came shortly after that via a leadoff shot off former Dodgers top prospect and current Washington National Josiah Gray.

This week Betts is batting .300 with three homers, five RBI, six runs scored and a stolen base.

He will take his Dodgers into Denver, Colorado for a four-game series beginning Thursday night.

2. Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge continued on his quest for the greatest season ever by a New York Yankee with five home runs in his last seven games and a .393 average at the plate.

Judge leads the Majors with 38 home runs as he continues on his pace to become the first player to hit 60 home runs in a season since Babe Ruth did it in the stone age of 1927.

Those 60 would be two more than former Philadelphia Phillie World Series Champion Ryan Howards’ 58 in 2006 and still 13 behind home run king and seven-time MVP Barry Bonds.

Judge sits second in RBI and third in OPS and will be battling with Shohei Ohtani for this season’s American League MVP award.

This weekend the Yankees will take on Michael A. Taylor and the Kansas City Royals for four games in the Bronx.

3. George Springer

It seems like the entire Blue Jays rosters carries themself with the same swag as All-Star outfielder George Springer whose .300 average and Gold Glove caliber defense has helped Toronto go 8-2 in their last 10 games including a 28-5 beat down of the Boston Red Sox last Friday.

His biggest hit this week came in grand fashion by way of a grand slam against the Cardinals this past Tuesday.

That was his 18th of the year and capped off a 3-for-5 day at the plate.  It was also the end of a five-game hitting streak, as well as a streak of 10 hits in 11 games.

On the year Springer is batting .255 with a .807 OPS, 47 RBI and 10 steals.

This weekend Springers Blue Jays welcome Riley Greene, Akil Baddoo and the Detroit Tiger to the Six.

4. Trayce Thompson

Trayce Thompson is not the only member of his superstar family getting it done on the west coast as he gets the four spot on the #HighFive list after hitting .409 in his last seven games.

Before the Dodgers called up the younger brother of 2022 NBA Champion and half of the Splash Bros Klay Thompson to the Major League squad, they were below .500 and had only won seven out of 17 games.

Now they are 23 games above .500 and have an 11.5 game lead in the National League West.

Even though he is not a full-time starter, Thompson has been able to put together solid at bats to go along with trusty outfield defense for one of the most loaded lineups in the Majors.

Trayce Thompson Has Become More Than Just A Fill-In For Mookie Betts

He has hits in five straight games and in six of his last seven.

Thompson is slashing .267/.359/.815 with three home runs and seventeen RBI this season.

5. J.P. Crawford

J.P. Crawford and his Mariners just keep winning and it always seems like he is exactly in the middle of it all. Crawford’s solid month of July comes on the heels of June where his average was just .202 and served a four-game suspension for his part in the benches clearing brawl between the Angels and M’s.

That fight seemed to not only spark the Mariners who are 20-5 but also Crawford who is batting .292 with three doubles and a triple since. This week Crawford batted .259 with three runs, three walks and seven hits. His Mariners have a huge series in Houston against Dusty Baker in the Astros who are accountable for three of four losses this month.

JP Crawford & Cedric Mullins Are Changing The Culture One At Bat At A Time

JP Crawford & Cedric Mullins Are Changing The Culture One At Bat At A Time

As the All-Star break approaches, two AL teams, the Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles are scorching hot, each with double-digit winning streaks. Wouldn’t you know, there’s an MLBbro at the helm of each of these winning streaks… JP Crawford and Cedric Mullins.

In the O’s winning streak, Mullins is batting .307, with one home run and six RBI. He has an on-base percentage of .386 and a slugging percentage of .487 during that span.

 

Crawford has a batting average of .292, hitting no home runs and five RBI. His on-base percentage during this stretch is .333, to go with a .366 slugging percentage. He has only struck out twice during the M’s 11-game winning streak. 

 

Baltimore has been in a rebuild for at least the past four years, basically waving the white flag when they traded away their superstar third baseman Manny Machado back in 2018 to the LA Dodgers. Ever since the trade, there have been very limited bright spots for Orioles fans to look forward to. Mullins has been one.

 

Mullins was drafted in the 13th round of the 2015 draft, and made his big league debut in 2018. In 2021, despite Baltimore tying for the worst record in Baseball, he had a career year, batting .291, with 30 home runs, 59 RBI, to go with an on-base percentage of .360 and a slugging percentage of .568. In addition to winning the Silver Slugger award, he ended up being the only Oriole to make the All-Star team in a year in which he became the first Oriole in franchise history to be a part of the 30-30 club, having stolen 30 bases in 2021 as well.

 

“I think he’s just getting better and better… how far he has come defensively from my first year in 2019 is unbelievable” said Brandon Hyde, the Orioles manager. Hyde wants fans to realize he is a great defensive player as well, emphasizing that he’s not just good with the bat, but an elite all-around player.

 

Crawford, who was a first round pick in 2013 by the Philadelphia Phillies, had made serious improvements to his game on the offensive side. In 2017 and 2018, his first two seasons in the pros, he batted .214 in each year. When he was dealt to the Mariners in 2019, the change of scenery changed everything. He has improved his batting average every single year, peaking in 2021, having a batting average of .273. He also has done well on the defensive side, as he ended up winning a Gold Glove in the 2020 campaign.

 

Crawford signed a 51 million dollar extension earlier this year, as he is seen as Seattle’s shortstop for the foreseeable future. “He’s (Crawford) an incredibly competitive player who has become an integral part of our team, both on the field and in the clubhouse” said general manager and president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto.

 

The Mariners are currently in the AL Wildcard, with the Orioles only being one and a half games back of the final slot. The Mariners have not made the playoffs in 20 years, and the Orioles have been arguably the worst team in baseball of the last half decade. This season has huge potential to be stepping stones in the right direction for both franchises, and Crawford and Mullins will play huge roles to possibly write a new page in their respective franchises histories.