Young MLBbros Triston McKenzie and Taylor Hearn Are Learning About The Grind Of The Season

Young MLBbros Triston McKenzie and Taylor Hearn Are Learning About The Grind Of The Season

Baseball is one long and grueling sport, with lots of ups and downs throughout the season,  even getting the best of the players sometimes. That is what’s happening with Triston McKenzie of the Guardians and Taylor Hearn of the Rangers, as there have been parts throughout the season where the game has gotten the best of them.

 

Both McKenzie and Hearn have average to below average win-loss records to start the year, with McKenzie at 3-5, and Hearn at 4-4. 

 

McKenzie’s 3-5 record doesn’t portray the full story of his season. He currently has a 3.09 ERA with 55 total strikeouts to only 18 walks and in four of his last five starts, he has gone at least seven innings. In his ten games as a starter, he has given up two or fewer runs in seven of those starts. In four of his five losses, however, the Guardians offense only managed to put up one run. While McKenzie has been doing his part, the offense has not.

 

McKenzie has recently struggled with the long ball, with Friday’s outing being no different. He gave up two solo shots in the first two innings. In the 39 total hits that he has given up this season, 11 of those have been for home runs. Essentially, more than a quarter of the hits he has given up haven’t come back.

This has not been an issue for him all season—this is more of a recent thing. McKenzie only gave up one home run in his first five starts, and has ended up giving up 10 home runs in his last five starts. When it looked like he would only give up a dinger once in a blue moon, these last five games have shown that it is much more common than we thought.

Hearn, on the other hand, has a 5.40 ERA. He has given up 58 hits throughout his starts, comparing that to McKenzie’s 34, and has given up a total of 30 walks.
All that damage he has given up has resulted in him typically getting taken out early, resulting in more bullpen usage when he gets the nod. In 11 starts so far, Hearn has gone past five innings just twice, while going less than five innings a total of six times.

The one thing Hearn has done really well is prevent the long ball. He has only given up seven homers this year so, while he may give up hits, they’re usually not for automatic runs, giving him the chance to clean up the mess he created, which is an underrated value in a pitcher. 

McKenzie has shown that he can be part of an electric duo, along with Shane Bieber, for the Guardians, while Hearn has shown he can hang as a backend starter for the Rangers.

As long as the two players, who are both still early in their careers, understand that bad stretches will happen and don’t let it get in their heads, they’ll be able to reach their potential, and then some.

 

Melanated Mound Marauder Taylor Hearn takes the mound at 1 pm on Thursday against Tampa Bay in search of his fourth win, looking to win series clincher.

Taylor Hearn Handles World Champion Braves For First Win Of 2022

Taylor Hearn Handles World Champion Braves For First Win Of 2022

Taylor Hearn earned his first victory of the season after defeating the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves.

Sunday afternoon was the best start we’ve seen from Hearn over his short two-year Major League career and he did it in front of the biggest crowd in Globe Life Field history.

Hearn found success attacking an all-world Braves’ lineup early and often while getting himself out of a few different self-imposed jams as Texas held on to win, 7-3.

Coming into Sunday,  the Rangers had lost five consecutive home games started by Hearn.

He had an 0-4 record with an 8.02 ERA allowing 19 earned runs in 21.1 innings over that span but finally got that elusive win.

Hearn started off the game by striking out four batters in the first two innings, including All-Stars Ronald Acuna Jr. and Matt Olson.

A second inning RBI groundout by Marcus Semien gave Hearn his first lead of the game, and he never let it go.

Trouble came to his doorstep for the first time during the third inning where the Braves began with runners on second and third base with no one out.

After again striking Acuna out, Hearn would give up his only two runs of the game but did a nice job not letting the inning get out of hand.

A misplayed ball with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning broke the game open for Texas, finally giving Hearn the run support and cushion he had yet to receive this season, let alone his entire time with the Rangers.

After a clean top of the fourth inning, Hearn started the fifth inning with runners on first and second with no one out.

Atlanta was on the ropes and looking at what was its only chance to get back into the game, but Hearn denied the Braves efforts by rolling up a double play ball and closing his outing with his sixth strikeout of the game to tie a season high.

Hearn tied a season-high, going five innings giving up four hits, two runs, three walks and struck out six batters to earn his first win since September 12, 2021.

Bro On Bro Crime | JP Crawford Continues To Own Fellow MLBbro Taylor Hearn At The Plate

This was a nice bounce back game for Hearn, who suffered his second loss of the season earlier in the week in a game against the Houston Astros.  Hearn threw a then-season-high five innings and 84 pitches.

His first three innings were solid as he only allowed one run on two hits before running into trouble during a 24-pitch fourth inning where he gave up his first home run in 20.2 consecutive innings at home.

Hearn’s record now stands at 1-2 this season with an 6.53 ERA and 24 strikeouts.  His next start will most likely be Sunday afternoon when the Rangers travel to New York to take on the Yankees.

Bro On Bro Crime | JP Crawford Continues To Own Fellow MLBbro Taylor Hearn At The Plate

Bro On Bro Crime | JP Crawford Continues To Own Fellow MLBbro Taylor Hearn At The Plate

LOS ANGELES – While several aspects of baseball are always changing, whether that is players changing teams or a rule change, some storylines just stay the same.

This is the case whenever Taylor Hearn of the Texas Rangers and J.P. Crawford of the Seattle Mariners ended up battling it out.  On Thursday, it was no different. Crawford went 1-for-2 against Hearn, hitting a three-run home run in the process. In his career against Hearn, Crawford is 8-for-14, with a pair of home runs, along with six RBI. 

Along with that home run to Crawford, Hearn had a night in which he will try and forget. He only pitched three innings, giving up four hits, four walks, and five runs to go with only four strikeouts. Even with Hearn’s subpar outing, the Rangers came back and won, 8-6. Crawford has been off to a hot start this season, as he has a batting average of .310, an OPS of .934, and a SLG percentage of .500. Crawford has 5 RBI so far. His home run against Hearn was his first of the season. 

On the other hand, Hearn has had a very shaky start to his season. He’s pitched a total of three games this season, never making it farther than the fourth inning. Hearn has no wins and one loss this year, with a 7.59 ERA, and with 18 hits and six walks to only 14 strikeouts. But we know the potential to have commanding stuff is there. 

 

Both Crawford and Hearn had to battle in order to get to where they are today. 

Crawford was drafted out of Lakewood High School in Southern California, getting drafted 16th overall by the Philadelphia Phillies back in 2013. He was a high prospect in their organization, but due to an injury-plagued campaign, he was never really able to get the ball rolling in Philly. In late 2018, when Crawford was dealt to the Mariners, he finally got his feet planted, and has never looked back. During his time with the Mariners, Crawford is batting .258, with 19 home runs, and 129 RBI.

 

 

Hearn was originally drafted three times, in the 22nd, 25th, and 36th rounds, respectively. He chose to play college baseball at San Jacinto College and Oklahoma Baptist University instead, and it paid off. He was drafted by and signed with the Washington Nationals in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. Hearn was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016. In 2018, Hearn was traded to the Rangers. He made his MLB debut in 2019. He was a reliever at first, eventually transitioning into a starter. Over his career, Hearn has six wins and eight losses, with a career 5.02 ERA. 

The Rangers and Mariners don’t play again until early June, so it’s unlikely to see the pair again this season. If they do end up squaring off again this year, will history repeat itself, or will there be a change in fortune?