#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 6)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 6)

If the season was only seven weeks long, Aaron Judge would be the American League’s Most Valuable Player.  He rolled the dice and if things continue to go his way, he will be baseball’s highest-paid player by season’s end.

  For the second time this season, he takes the top spot on our #HighFive List.

  1. Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge has his Yankees off to their best start since 1998 when they went on to win 114 games and swept the San Diego Padres in the World Series.  

Judge, whose 14 home runs lead the Majors, takes the top spot on our #HighFive list once again and deservedly so.  He is leading baseball’s best team in average, on-base percentage, runs, hits and OPS while only trailing fellow MLBbro and #HighFive member Giancarlo Stanton for the team lead in RBI.

“It’s fun with this team,” Judge told reporters after his 4-for-5 with two home run performance on Tuesday.  “We want to play two games a night if we could.”

That was Judge’s third career four-hit game. He now has his average sitting at .306 with 30 runs batted in and an OPS of 1.049 to go along with those 14 homers.

 

 

His Yankees will welcome Tim Anderson and the White Sox into the Bronx for a three-game series this weekend.

2. Hunter Greene

I have seen plenty of heartbreaking moments in baseball over my twenty plus years on Earth, but there are not many I can think of other than the look on Greene’s face after his team allowed no hits and still found a way to take the loss Sunday against Pittsburgh.

No pitcher in the Majors has thrown more pitches in a game than Greene’s 118 on Sunday. If it had not been for a few untimely walks, he may have had a chance to throw a few more.

He struck out a career-high nine batters in the game, but also gave up a career-high five free passes to Pirate hitters, including two in the 8th that led to him being taken out just five outs away from history.

 

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“It would have been great to have a different result,” said Greene in this postgame interview.  “But it is what it is.  This is my team, ride or die with them.”

The Reds are in rebuild mode this season, but one positive I can take away from Greene’s outing was the fact that manager David Bell actually gave him a chance to build strength and confidence for starts farther down the line in his career. Typically, we see young pitchers held back and catered too when they first enter the league, but Greene was ramping up for the day he officially becomes an ace.

On the season, Greene now has a 1-6 record with 44 strikeouts and a 6.21 ERA. His next start will be Saturday in Toronto where he will take on the Blue Jays.

3. Giancarlo Stanton

No visiting player had hit a home run over the new left-field wall in Baltimore’s Camden Yards. That was until Stanton stepped into the box and launched one in the 4th inning of Thursday’s game.

People have been waiting for Stanton to fall off from his hot streak that began last season and has carried into 2022.

He, along with Judge, are Major League Baseball’s current leaders in average exit velocity and both are in the top 6 when it comes to hard-hit percentage.

 

 

A little over a week ago, Stanton had a stretch where he homered five times in five games.  Through his last seven games, Stanton is 12-for-26 with a .462 (emphasis on the .462!) batting average with 13 RBI, a 1.000 slugging percentage, four home runs, a .548 on base percentage all while drawing five walks in the process.

4. Michael Brantley

Michael Brantley has set the tone for the Astros’ lineup during their current hot streak as he leads the team in batting average and on base percentage this season.

Brantley is batting .321 over his last seven games with five RBI, a .504 on base percentage and one home run, which came during Houston’s Monday night massacre of the Boston Red Sox.

His three-run home run was one of five dingers the Astros hit in an inning, making them just the eighth team in Major League history to accomplish the feat.

 

Michael Brantley “The Professional” Leads Astros Bat Attack Back To Top Of AL West

 

This weekend, Brantley’s Astros return to H-Town for the Silver Boot Series against Marcus Semien and the Texas Rangers.  If all goes according to the plan, the lefty will matchup against Taylor Hearn Sunday afternoon.

5. Jazz Chislohm Jr.

 

Euro-stepper Jazz Chisholm Jr. is doing everything humanly possible to be the face that represents the Marlins franchise.  

Swag, charisma, skill – the “Bahamian Blur” has brought it all to Loan Depot Park, and now he is putting up the numbers at the plate to make his case.

Chisholm currently leads the team in batting average, home runs, RBI, runs scored, hits, triples, stolen bases, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and on base plus slugging percentage.

 

 

Those are “main event” type numbers that we rarely see a player put up for his team, but we have known since last season Chislohm is different. If he stays on this wave, he has a chance at taking the crown for best second baseman in baseball.

Over his last seven games, Chisholm is batting .286 with two home runs and four RBI. This weekend, he’ll have a chance to take on the reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves.

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 12)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 12)

The MLBbros decided to turn Week 12 of the season into a seven-day Home Run Derby.  They hit a pair of grand slams while mixing in a few game-winning homers in between.

Michael Brantley, however, takes the top spot on our High Five list after batting .500 during the Houston Astros’ current 10-game winning streak and taking the top spot in the race for baseball’s batting title.

 

1.Michael Brantley

If the season ended today, Michael Brantley would take home Major League Baseball’s batting championship, and right now it’s not even close.  His .356 average is .16 higher than the closest player.

On June 8, he returned to play after missing time with an injury and he’s lived up to his nickname, “The Professional” at the plate since. 

In his last seven games, he is batting .400 with a.500 OBP, 12 hits, nine RBI, six runs and three walks.

 

 

Brantley has been the main catalyst in the resurgence of Dusty Baker’s Astros this season.  During their four-game sweep of Tim Anderson and the White Sox last weekend, Brantley was 5-for-16 with six RBI, a double, triple and a three-run home run.

 

 

Brantley is also the American League leader in doubles and heads to the Motor City this weekend for a four-game set against the Tigers.

2. Tony Kemp

 

Tony Kemp played a lot bigger than his 5-foot-6 frame this week, earning the second spot on our High Five list.

In 35 games since May 8, when Kemp was hitting .190, he is 34-for-95 with a .358 batting average.  He has seven doubles, two triples and four home runs in that span.

Two of those homers came last weekend in the Bronx.  In the sixth inning of Friday night’s game, he hit what would end up being a game-winning three-run home run.  He would then follow up with a first-inning shot the next day.

 

 

He has hits in seven of his last eight games and has worked him into an everyday spot in a dangerous Athletics lineup. 

 

 

This weekend, he takes on the first-place San Francisco Giants in a battle for the Bay Area.

3. Shed Long Jr.


Two game-winning home runs have Mariners’ second baseman Shed Long Jr. in the third spot on our High Five list.  It’s going to be hard to find someone who gave a better Father’s Day gift than Shed did.

His first home run of the season came by way of a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning against the defending American League champion Tampa Bay Rays.

 

 

He proved lighting strikes twice on Tuesday when he launched a game-winning solo home run in the 8th inning against the Colorado Rockies.

 

 

Long has eight RBI in his last seven games with a .609 Slugging Percentage.  Injuries have played a major role in the Mariners’ season, including to Shed but he’s getting playing time now and making the most of it.  Seattle will have a fun matchup this weekend as they play on the South Side of Chicago.

4. Cedric Mullins

 

I may never watch baseball again if Cedric Mullins is not an All-Star this season.  He’s been doing everything he can to climb up the top of the fan vote, but with a few outfielders currently sidelined with injury, he could easily find himself starting the game in center.

In a weekend series against May’s American League Player of the Month Marcus Semien and the Blue Jays,  Mullins added to his legend in the Charm City.  He hit four home runs and had six RBI in a two-day span.

 

 

This month, Cedric is 26-for-73 with a .356 batting average, five doubles, seven home runs and 12 RBI.  He now sits ninth in the Majors in batting average.  His O’s will get their shot at revenge against Semien and the Blue Jays after they lost last weekend’s series.

 

5. J.P. Crawford

 

The Gold Glover takes the five spot on this week’s #HighFive list, but it has everything to do with his performance at the plate.

Last week, he was named our Home Boi Highlight after riding an eight-game hitting streaking with a .351 average with seven RBI, six runs and two home runs including a grand slam Saturday night in the Mariners Seattle Steelhead Negro League throwback jerseys.

 

 

Crawford’s hitting streak reached 10 games after going 2-for-4 with a double Wednesday night.  During that span, he has four multi-hit games and eight runs batted in.  All signs are beginning to point to him being named the Mariners’ representative for this year’s All-Star game in Denver.

 

 

Last year’s Gold Glove award winner at shortstop deserves his shine and his chance to showcase his talents on one of the biggest stages in baseball.

This weekend’s Mariners vs. White Sox matchup will feature two of the most exciting shortstops in the game, J.P. and former batting champion Tim Anderson who just celebrated his 28th birthday on June 23.

#HIGHFIVE | Top Black & Brown MLB Bros Of Week 4

#HIGHFIVE | Top Black & Brown MLB Bros Of Week 4

We are through the first month of the 2021 MLB season and have seen the Bro’s impact the game with their bats, glove work, and on the mound. Players have juggled being in the #HIGHFIVE top spot week after week. In Week 4, the original owner of the highest position reclaims his throne after having one of the best performances we have seen this season.

 

1. Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton has been the MVP of all of baseball when he’s in the lineup. The only thing that can stop this five-tool player is injury –which is the reason why he was left off the list last week.  

Since coming back, it’s like he never left, as he capped off his week with a 5-for-5 showing at the plate in Wednesday’s game against the Indians, becoming the first Twins leadoff hitter to accomplish the feat since MLBbro Denard Span did it in 2009.

 

Byron Buxton’s 5-for-5 Explosion | That MVP Talk Is Legit

 

Buxton had two doubles, two singles and led off the game with a second pitch home run.  In his last 3 games, Buxton is 7 for 13 with 4 runs, 3 RBI’s, and a stolen base.

His power game is also doing damage as he is currently tied for the MLB lead in home runs.  It is important for him to stay healthy as the Twins are already one of the worst teams in baseball even when he’s doing his human highlight thing on the field. 

2. Cedric Mullins

Cedric Mullins has completely changed the trajectory of his career this season as his bat has finally caught up with his defense.  He leads the Majors in hits and his .340 Batting Average is good for 9th in the league and is tops for all MLB Bros.

On Monday, Mullins had a career game at the plate against one of the most historic franchises, their rival New York Yankees.  Mullins went 3-for-4 with two home runs.  

 

Cedric Mullins’ Bat Has No Chill…And Crazy Power When He’s Mashing Up The Yankees

 

Mullins had a hit in six straight games this week including two three-hit games.  It was noted on MLB Network that Harold Reynolds had a talk with Mullins after his first game of the season.  

Whatever they discussed has played a part in Mullins quickly becoming one of the best centerfielders in MLB. 

 

3. Jack Flaherty

Jack Flaherty has been known as a stud in St. Louis for the past few years, and it seems like he’s finally beginning to show the rest of the world. 

The 25-year-old has been on fire to begin the season.

He currently leads MLB with a 4-0 record and his last start was his best performance of the year. The early NL Cy Young candidate threw 7 innings striking out 6 and allowing 1 run against a Cincinnati Reds team that’s ranked 5th in MLB Team Batting. 

 

You Don’t Know Jack!

 

Flaherty currently has a strikeout to walk ratio of 27:8.  His next start will be Saturday against the Pirates as looks to stay undefeated. 

 

4. Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson takes the 4th spot in this week’s High Five.  In his last seven games, Anderson has 12 hits two homers and a .414 batting average.  He missed a few games with a hamstring injury but has hit in 8 of 9 games since his return. 

 

 

The RBI Baseball cover boy will surely be in the running for a batting title this season as he and his White Sox look to bring some hardware to the South Side of Chicago.

 

5. Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts rounds out our High Five list, but he may have had more fun than any of our other Bro’s as he played a role in a trailer for the new season of Call of Duty Warzone. 

 On the field, Betts continues to impact the game in a variety of ways. He’s always in the middle of Dodger rallies and has scored 14 runs this year. 

 

Mookie Betts Is Finding His Zone With His First Multiple RBI Game Of The Season

 

He was hit by a pitch in the 9th inning of a game against Seattle which led to him developing a bruise on his forearm, which seemed to hamper his swing a bit before he broke out for his first multi-RBI game of the season on Wednesday.   

 

 

We are watching something special every time he takes the field.  He ranks 5th behind Babe Ruth, Mike Trout, Rogers Hornsby and Barry Bonds for the highest WAR rating per 162 games in Major League history.