Mookie Betts took home his fair share of hardware this week and tied his career high in home runs to earn the top spot in Week 21 of our #HighFive list.
1. Mookie Betts
This week Mookie Betts was awarded two of baseball’s highest honors: Being named Rob Parker’s Home Boi Highlight and winning the National League’s player of the Week award.
He batted .346 with a .414 on base percentage, seven RBI, four doubles and four home runs which all came during the Dodgers three-game series in South Beach.
Friday night Betts knocked two out of the park; one gave the Dodgers a two-run lead in the 7th and the other tied the game in the 9th.
He would then win the game for the Dodgers with a go-ahead single in the 10th.
Wednesday night Betts tied his career high with 32 home runs when he took Mets Cy Young winner Jacob DeGrom deep for Los Angeles’ only run.
This weekend Mookie Betts and the Dodgers will matchup with Josh Bell and the San Diego Padres.
2. Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge is one of just three MLBbros to have two 50 homer seasons in their career. His bro bomb total for this season stands at 51 entering Thursday as he is now on pace to hit 63 home runs by October 5th, which would be an American League record and the most in the Majors since Sammy Sosa in 1999.
With the calendar turning to September those 51 give him 15 more than any other Major League player. Babe Ruth is the only other player to lead the league by at least 15 home runs entering the final month.
In addition to home runs Judge leads the Majors in RBI and OPS. He leads the American League with 78 walks.
This weekend the Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Rays as they look to add some wins to Judge’s historic season.
3. Trayce Thompson
Trayce Thompson is looking for his first ring and the families second in 2022 this season as he continues to be one of the reasons the Dodgers ended August with the best record in baseball.
“He just has the ability to really slow the game down. It’s probably in his bloodline,” said manager Dave Roberts about Thompson who has raked his way into the lineup ever since Mookie Betts suffered an injury earlier this season.
Thompson hit his seventh home run of the season over the weekend in Miami and batted .421 this week with five RBI. two home runs, a .500 on base percentage and .842 slugging.
4. Josh Bell
Josh Bell is back to being one of the best switch hitters in baseball after he struggled to begin his tenure in San Diego. His last seven games he is batting .333 with a .467 on base percentage, four RBI and has drawn six walks. Bell now has his average at .278 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI this season.
.@JBell_19 Giving The Padres Exactly What They Need As They Make Playoff Push
The switch hitting slugger has been swinging a hot bat as of late, a big reason why the @Padres pursued him.@KevMoore93 has the full story in today’s Lead Off https://t.co/KzbWkcTNJ9 pic.twitter.com/24eHR0r0Nl
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) August 31, 2022
5. Nick Gordon
A go-ahead grand slam and six RBI night Tuesday give Nick Gordon the fifth and final spot on the #HighFive. He finished the Twins victory 2-for-4 with six RBI to add to what has been a solid season for the former infielder now turned outfielder. He batted .320 this week with eight RBI and now has his average at .279 for the year.
NICK GORDON COMES THROUGH WITH THE BASES LOADED ‼️‼️#MNTwins
— Twins Talk (@LetsTalk_Twins) August 31, 2022