Mookie Betts danced his way to the top of the Week 19 #HighFive chart after hitting .444 and driving in six runs over his last seven games. His Dodgers have won 10 games in a row and sit in first place in the National League West as they lock in on another playoff run.
1. Mookie Betts
“I feel really good at the plate,” Betts said in his postgame interview after Los Angeles won their 10th consecutive game Wednesday night.
“I am just trying to do good things for Freddie and Will Smith. Our one through three spots in the lineup are really good, but this stretch of success has taken one through nine.”
August could end up being the best month of the year for Betts, which is perfect timing given that the playoffs are inching closer and closer.
In 15 games this month he is slashing .404/.469./.719 with four home runs, six doubles, 13 RBI and has scored 17 runs leaving him two away from joining Ronald Acuna Jr. and his teammate Freddie Freeman as the only players in the Majors to cross the plate 100 times in 2023.
The biggest highlight for Betts this week came thanks to a fan.
A few weeks ago, a guy told Betts he would name his child after him if he hit a homer in his next at-bat and he did exactly that.
On August 7th, 2023 Francesca Mookie Mancuso was born.
2. Marcus Semien
Marcus Semien has reached base in a Major League leading 23 consecutive games heading into the Rangers weekend series against the Brewers. The 2023 season for Semien has a chance to go down as one of the greatest for a second baseman in Major League history.
This season, he’s carried a career-high 33-game on base streak and a 25-game hitting streak, which was the third longest in Rangers franchise history.
Semien was an All-Star starter, is the clear favorite to win both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards and is currently on pace to break Charlie Blackmon’s record for the most RBI in a season by a leadoff hitter (103).
Semien is tied with Shohei Ohtani for the highest WAR in the American League highlighted his week with a season-high five RBI performance against the Angels Monday night.
3. Josh Bell
After his historic Bro Bombs got him in last weeks #HighFive Josh Bell has continued to terrorize pitchers in his new threads.
On Monday, Bell became the 12th Marlin in franchise history when he hit one of the three back-to-back-to-back homers off of Dusty Baker’s Astros.
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Since joining Miami just minutes before the trade deadline expired, Bell is hitting .309 with five home runs, 10 RBI, six walks and three doubles.
4. Stone “Cold Stunna” Garrett
Stone Garrett debuts on the #HighFive after having his first career two home run game Wednesday night against the Red Sox.
“I am just trying to stay on time, stay the other way, stay inside the baseball and use the whole field,” Garrett told reporters.
“I am just trying to take advantage of my playing time. Getting in a rhythm by playing everyday has really helped.”
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Over his last seven games (before adding a three RBI night against the Red Sox on Thursday) Stone is slashing .391/.464./.739 with two home runs, eight RBI and has drawn four walks.
5. Cedric “The Entertainer” Mullins
Cedric “The Entertainer” Mullins put on an unforgettable show in Seattle Sunday afternoon.
With his Orioles up one in the bottom of the ninth and one out, Mullins made what might be the catch of the year, robbing Ty France of a game-tying home run.
After the Mariners tied the game with two-outs, Mullins came to bat in extras with a runner on third and proceeded to blast a go-ahead game-winning Bro Bomb over the right field wall, his 10th of the year.
Mullins’ Orioles will head into the weekend holding the best record in the American League ahead of their quick trip to the Bay to take on Lawrence Butler and the Oakland A’s.