Ahead of Mookie Betts’ return to Boston for the first time since being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, he went off!
He is riding the wave of an 11-game hitting streak with hits in 26 of their last 27 games and had the 28th multi-homer game of his career Saturday night. That earned him the top spot on the Week 20 #HighFive list.
1. Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts, who recorded the second five-hit game of his career Thursday, has a 6.5 WAR rating which is tied for the highest in the Majors.
He was given the honor of being named Rob Parker’s Home Boi Highlights after the show he put on in front of the Dodger faithful Saturday night.
Betts had the fifth multi-home run game of his season, hitting two solo shots in the third and then fifth innings, both times shouting out NBA superstar LeBron James with salutes as he crossed home plate.
The Dodgers would go on to win 3-1 and take the series against the surging Marlins.
Los Angeles is now 8-2 over their last 10 games and have a sizable 10 game lead in the National League West.
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Over his last seven games, Betts is hitting .615 with three home runs, seven RBI, two steals, a slugging percentage of 1.038 and has an on base percentage at .643.
The 2018 American League MVP and World Series Champion will bring his Dodgers to Boston for a series against the Red Sox this weekend.
2. Josh Bell
Josh Bell has been raking since being moved to South Beach, earning himself another appearance on our #HighFive list.
He already made history in a Marlins uniform, becoming the first player ever to hit seven home runs in his first 18 games with the franchise.
Since the August 1st trade deadline Bell is slashing .303/.376/.618 with those seven home runs, three doubles and 12 RBI.
Miami entered Thursday two games out of the final National League Wild Card playoff spot as they welcome the scrappy Washington Nationals to town this weekend before a matchup with state bragging rights on the line against Tampa Bay next week.
3. Tommy Pham
Tommy Pham has been a spark plug for the D-Backs since joining them at the trade deadline.
Arizona is one of the younger, more athletic teams in the Majors.
They have a solid pitching rotation but were in need of a right-handed bat to take pressure off the young guys and add more slugging to their lineup.
Pham has been their three-hole hitter since joining the team and this week he came up big: conquering trolling fans and collecting his first walk-off hit in his new threads.
Last Saturday in game one of a doubleheader in San Diego, Pham was recorded having a shouting match with fans behind home plate. That day, he went a combined 3-for-8 with his 13th home run of the year, a triple and a double.
Then came Tuesday where with his team down one with runners on second and third with two outs, Pham singled over the head of Marcus Semien to walk off the Rangers for a 4-3 victory.
4. Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge returns to the #HighFive list after having his first career three home run game Wednesday night against the Nationals. This season has been a disaster for the Yankees, but Judge continues to be the lone bright spot when healthy and available.
He is hitting .279 with a 1.051 slugging percentage and 28 home runs on the season.
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Major changes could be coming to New York this off-season so the question will be can they add talent around Judge to make the World Series contenders again or do they pull the plug and clean house for a much needed rebuild.
5. Tyrone Taylor
Tyrone Taylor, the hottest hitter on the hottest team in the Majors rounds out the #HighFive after a week that saw him slash .500/.565.900 and have a game tying homer.
“He is finally at full strength,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell when asked what has contributed to Taylor’s recent success.
“Earlier this year he was not healthy. Since he has shaken off the injuries, I think the trajectory will continue to go up for him.”
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Wednesday afternoon against the Twins Taylor hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the 7th inning to even the score at six. The team would go on to win 8-7 in extras, their fifth win in a row and seventh in the last 10 games. The Brew Crew has a chance to spoil Trent Grisham and San Diego’s playoff chances this weekend when the teams meet for a three-game set.