Triston McKenzie was on another level this past Sunday as he was just fingertips away from making history.
He almost threw the first perfect game Major League Baseball has seen in nine years.
The last one was tossed by Mariners Cy Young ace Felix Hernadez, who threw one against the Tampa Bay Rays.
That earns him the top spot in Week 19 of our #HighFive list.
1. Triston McKenzie
We have known since last season that Cleveland Guardians pitcher Triston McKenzie can be one of the most electric pitchers in the Majors when he’s on, and last Sunday he showed the Detroit Tigers exactly that.
McKenzie pitched a career high eight innings, allowing just a single hit and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts as he vibed out on the Motor City mound.
“He was so chill, so under control, so confident, I loved it,” said Guardians catcher Austin Hedges when speaking on McKenzie’s demeanor on the mound.
Is anyone responsible for jinxing Triston McKenzie's perfect game bid?
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) August 18, 2021
McKenzie has been sent up and down from Triple A multiple times this season; he never truly got the time to get reps in the Minors as he has been forced to learn on the fly due to injuries in the rotation.
After a few good starts leading up to his near bid at perfection, it seems he may have finally turned a corner.
McKenzie will look to build off his effort during his next start Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.
2. Aaron Judge
It may finally be time to say it, the Yankees are back, and their resurgence has a lot to do with the play of their All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge.
Judge batted .400 this week with a .900 slugging percentage, nine RBI, nine walks, six runs, three stolen bases and three home runs including two in the great state of Iowa.
ALL RISE AGAIN!
Aaron Judge with his 2nd HR of the night to make it a 1-run game! pic.twitter.com/S64IJRXmuK
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) August 13, 2021
Had it not been for Tim Anderson’s heroics in the ninth inning of the “Field of Dreams” game, the sports world would have woken up to headlines of Aaron Judge being the biggest name in baseball.
Judge has seen his Yankees climb back into the thick of the playoff race over the last few weeks as they have won 10 of their last 11 series including taking two out of three against the White Sox and then sweeping their rivals, the Red Sox to begin the week.
This weekend Judge and the Yankees will welcome the Minnesota Twins to the Bronx.
3. Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson is Prime Time. He should be the face of baseball, and proved so after hitting the first ever walk-off home run in the great state of Iowa.
TIM ANDERSON WALK OFF BOMB INTO THE CORN WHAT A GAME 🌽pic.twitter.com/XfDmQcl8yg
— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) August 13, 2021
Anderson has recorded hits in nine consecutive games, including five multi-hit performances leading him to reach the seven spot in the race for the American League batting title.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 17, 2021
Over his last seven games, Anderson has a batting average of .303 with five RBI, four runs, a stolen base and a homer.
Anderson and his White Sox will be tested this weekend as they take on last year’s American League champions, the Tampa Bay Rays.
4. Giancarlo Stanton
The other half of the Yankees Twin Tower of Power, Giancarlo Stanton has done his part to rally the Yankees back into contention and takes the fourth spot on this weeks #HighFive List.
Stanton got in the mix as he hit one of four MLBbro home runs during the “Field of Dreams” game last Thursday.
His two-run blast gave the Yankees a one-run lead in the top of the ninth inning.
That was until of course T.A. stepped to the plate.
Yeah Giancarlo Stanton is on fire. Home run! 2-0 Yankees pic.twitter.com/LscYIGaXvC
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) August 18, 2021
Over his last 15 games, Stanton is batting .333 with three home runs and 12 RBI while also drawing eight walks.
5. Jazz Chisolhm Jr.
Baseball is better when Jazz Chisholm is healthy, batting leadoff and playing in the field for the Miami Marlins.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. walk + bat flip 😎 pic.twitter.com/2JOJn46F14
— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) August 18, 2021
Chisholm is among the first-ever Bahamian born players to grace the Majors and a fully healthy season might have been good enough for Jazz to win the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award.
During both Sunday and Monday’s games in Miami, Jazz hit home runs to the upper deck of the park.
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) August 15, 2021
Sunday’s shot gave the Marlins a one-run lead in the late innings.
Jazz and his Marlins will take on Amir Garrett and the playoff hopeful Cincinnati Reds for a four-game series this weekend.