Marcus Semien & Aaron Judge |  Two MLBbro All-Star Starters

Marcus Semien & Aaron Judge | Two MLBbro All-Star Starters

Two MLBbro’s from the American League East were selected as All-Star starters last night. 

Marcus Semien got more love in Canada than a Drake album release.

This will be his first ever All Star game as he will start at second base for the American League.

 

 

Semien ascends to his first All-star selection, after moving from shortstop to second base upon arriving in Canada to accommodate Bo Bichette.

He spent the past six seasons flashing a formidable glove for the Oakland A’s. 

The 30-year-old is batting .291 with 52 RBI a .904 OPS and hit his 20th home run of the season in the final game of their series against Seattle Thursday. 

He finished with 54% of the first place votes.

 

 

New York showed Aaron Judge mad love and he proved how popular his brand is when he is healthy by garnering the second-highest vote total among American League outfielders. This is his third straight year starting the game. 

The Yankees slugger has been a bright spot in a season that has fell short of expectations for the Yankees so far.  While other high-priced ballers have struggled mightily, Judge has been the model of consistency and the rock in an underperforming lineup. 

Judge is batting .285 with 18 home runs and 42 RBI.

 

 

Judge is also a former Home Run Derby Champion, so his presence at All-Star festivities is always a good look for MLB.

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Byron Buxton who is out with a fractured left hand just missed the top three and most likely, would have easily made the Top 3 if he could have participated in more games.

Cedric Mullins of the Baltimore Orioles and MLB batting average leader Michael Brantley of the Houston Astros were very deserving, but also didn’t make the cut.

However, with other outfield starter Mike Trout hurt one of those two will likely get the start. Two MLBbro starters in a three-man outfield would be a huge deal.  

 

MLBbro All-Stars Live In The American League

 

The remaining All Stars will be announced this Sunday.

MLBbros Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge Are Dragging The NY Yankees Back Into Playoff Race

MLBbros Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge Are Dragging The NY Yankees Back Into Playoff Race

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are the keys to the Yankees entertaining any playoff hopes.

After losing 13 of their previous 18 games, the Yankees are 7-2 in their last 9, and have won three consecutive series; knocking off Toronto, Oakland, and with their 8-1 win on Thursday, the Kansas City Royals.

For New York, it’s the team’s most successful run since the Yankees won seven straight series from April 30 through May 23, going 17-5. At that point, New York was 11 games over .500 and just a half-game out of first place in the American League East.

This most recent stretch of success has brought the Yankees into a range of the leaders in the race for both the division and the Wild Card; trailing Boston by four and fellow division rival Tampa Bay by 3.5 games respectively.

Steering the Yankees back into the right direction has been the team’s towering titans. Over this nine-game run, they’ve hit a combined .292, with two home runs, eight RBI, nine runs scored, and sixteen walks.

 

 

They’ve been even better over their last six games.

Both bashers are hitting .333, with Judge leading the team in hits (8) and runs scored (6), and Stanton setting the pace with eight walks. Stanton’s 28 walks this season are more than his total of 27 over the past two seasons.

What’s been even more important is that they’ve been able to be productive without generating a lot of power. 

The duo has combined for only two home runs and two doubles during these nine games, and yet they’ve still managed to account for nearly 20 percent of the Yankees’ runs and RBI.

Thursday, Judge went 3-3, scoring three runs, with two RBI, two walks, and he hit his 16th homer of the season. It was his first three-hit game since May 1. New York improved to 10-3 when he goes yard. It’s been documented just how important his power is to the Yankees offense, and if it’s returning, that’s a fantastic sign for his team.

 

 

“[I’m] feeling good,” Judge said to reporters after the game. “Making a couple of adjustments to get my body in a better position to swing. I’ve kind of been feeling like I’ve been swinging underwater. But I was seeing the ball well.”

When Judge is seeing the ball well, it’s usually flying off of his bat. That was the case against KC. His RBI single in the second inning was moving at a cool 109.3 miles per hour.

Stanton was 3-5, and his single in the eighth inning drove in Judge, helping him stay one behind number 99 for the team’s RBI lead.

 

 

Giancarlo is hitting .304 in June, by far his best month of the season, with four home runs and 13 RBI. He’s raised his season average from .259 to .271 with five multi-hit games.

His plate discipline has been a big surprise, with Stanton earning 13 walks with just 13 strikeouts. In April and May, he had 15 walks and 48 strikeouts.

 

With Gary Sanchez and DJ LaMahieu both starting to heat up, and the return of Luke Voit, the Yankees may finally be finding their footing. 

But regardless of what the other seven people in the lineup do on a nightly basis, the eyes of New York will remain on the two Bronx Behemoths. As they go, so go the Yankees’ chances.

Aaron Judge Is The Straw That Stirs The Yankees Drink | The Numbers Don’t Fib

Aaron Judge Is The Straw That Stirs The Yankees Drink | The Numbers Don’t Fib

Court is in session. 

There is no question that Aaron Judge is the heart and soul of the New York Yankees’ offense. 

He leads the Yankees in batting average (.293), hits (61), extra base hits (23), home runs (15), runs scored (34), and runs batted in (35).

 

 

Judge is one of only four players currently doing so in the majors; along with Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Avisail Garcia, Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez, and Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins. 

He’s putting up numbers that should keep him in the conversation for Most Valuable Player in the American League. 

That is if the Yankees can start playing up to their own expectations. 

After snapping a four-game losing streak with consecutive wins over the Minnesota Twins, New York has a tenuous hold on third place in the AL East. The Yankees are closer to the fourth-place Toronto Blue Jays than they are to the number two Boston Red Sox, and they trail the Tampa Bay Rays by 5.5 games.

 

 

Their offense has been one of the biggest disappointments in baseball. Only the Detroit Tigers have scored fewer runs in the American League than New York’s 240The Yankees are almost completely dependent on the long ball to generate runs, and no player illustrates that dependency more than Judge. 

This season, New York is 9-3 when Judge’s gavel sends one into the seats. In the other 44 games, he’s played without hitting a Bronx Bomb, the Yankees are 21-23.

 

Across those games the pitching has been relatively steady. The Pinstripes are allowing 3.25 runs per game when Judge homers and 3.96 when he doesn’t. 

However, when court is in recess, the Yankees’ offense is too. 

In the 12 games in which Aaron Judge has hit home runs (he has three multi-homer games this season), New York has outscored its opponents 70-39; averaging better than 5.8 runs per contest. 

 

 

That output drops to just 3.4 runs per in every other game; a decrease of nearly 42 percent. 

“The Judge Effect” isn’t new. It’s been consistent over his career. Since the 2017 season, when Judge hit a career-high 52 home runs, the Yankees have a .735 (86-31) winning percentage when he goes yard. In all other games he’s played, it’s a respectable .538 (181-155).

 

 

Still winning, but not the type of record that holds up when the rest of the lineup has to carry the load. 

This year, the discrepancy is more pronounced than ever with the Yankees winning percentage showing a difference of .273 between home run and non-home run games. 

Not counting last season’s pandemic-shortened schedule, it is by far the largest gap in his career. The next widest was during that 2017 campaign (.179). 

That 2017 team finished 91-71 before losing the AL Championship Series in seven games. 

The Yankees haven’t gotten that close to the World Series since. 

They won’t get there again this season, it seems, unless Judge can start to replicate his breakout, rookie year stats. That’s how badly the Yankees need him right now. 

That means Judge has to stay healthy, and he has to get some protection and production from his teammates. At least Giancarlo Stanton has gotten hot of late, slamming three homers in two games including this blast on Thursday night. But the bullpen couldn’t hold

 

 

If not, Judge and the Yankees will be heading back to their chambers without championship number 28 once again. 

 

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not | Everyone’s Rising For Aaron Judge & Praying For Willie Calhoun

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not | Everyone’s Rising For Aaron Judge & Praying For Willie Calhoun

Baseball is a game of streaks. Over the course of the season, each player is hoping to put together more good ones than bad ones.

And the bad ones do come, even for the best of the best. Who’s hot and who’s not across MLB? Let’s take a closer look.

WHO’S HOT

Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees

Ever since our own Rob Parker called out Aaron Judge, the Yankees’ behemoth has been ripping the cover off of the baseball.

Judge entered Monday night’s game with the Texas Rangers hitting a ridiculous .571, with 12 hits in his previous 21 at-bats. Over his last six games, he hit five home runs and pushed the Yankees to a 4-2 record. Judge sent four fans home with souvenirs during New York’s most recent three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles and secured AL Player of the Week honors. 

 

 

The rest of his numbers are just as impressive. The Judge laid down the law, scoring eight runs and driving in six while striking out only once. His 1.973 OPS topped all hitters in that time.

With these breakout performances, Judge raised his season batting average from .245 to .298, his slugging percentage from .352 to .399, and his OPS from .824 to 1.009. HE also garnered 

The Rangers silenced him in a 5-2 win, but if this is the Aaron Judge that the Yankees get for the rest of the regular season, he could be in real contention for the AL Most Valuable Player award for the first time since 2017.

 

Tim Anderson, SS, Chicago White Sox

No one in Major League Baseball is hitting the ball better than Tim Anderson. Anderson extended his hitting streak to 12 games as the ChiSox battered the Minnesota Twins 16-4 on Monday. After going 2-for-5 with two runs scored, Anderson is hitting .448 during his streak. He’s had multiple hits in seven of those games.  

It’s no coincidence that the White Sox began winning games once Anderson got back to playing like the Silver Slugger award winner he was in 2020.

Chicago is 17-7 over its last 24 games and sits on top of the AL Central standings. Anderson has 34 hits in those games, with four home runs, 14 RBIs, and 20 runs scored. Only Yordan Alveraz and Josh Rojas have higher batting averages over the last month. Tim also ranks third in MLB in hits and stolen bases in that span.

His cleats are even on fire these days.

 

WHO’S NOT?

 

Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, Milwaukee Brewers

What happened to Jackie Bradley Jr.? It seemed like he was beginning to turn his career around last season in Boston. He set career highs in batting average (.283) and OBP (.364). His slugging percentage was its highest since 2016 when Jackie made his only All-Star Game appearance.

However, this season his stick has fallen off a cliff.

His batting average has done a complete 180. Actually, Jackie’s looking up at 180. His .153 mark at the plate is the worst of his career, as is his .229 on base percentage. He did hit one offensive milestone in May. 

 

The rest of the month has been a disaster with Bradley posting just two hits. He’s gone hitless in each of his last six games. The two hits this month also equals the total number of multi-hit games he has this season. And over the last 30 days, his batting average has fallen nearly 100 points.

Whatever your faith is, light a candle for Jackie Bradley Jr.

 

Willie Calhoun, OF, Texas Rangers

With parts of five seasons under his belt, Willie Calhoun is trying to stick with the Rangers this year. He hasn’t played in more than 83 games in any season since making his debut in 2017. Nothing has been a bigger factor in that than his inconsistent hitting.

Calhoun has been better in 2021, hitting .278 entering Monday’s games. He seems to have broken out of a slump with a homer and two hits on Monday, but this past week, as Texas ran off six straight losses, Calhoun once again hit a rut. 

In five games since May 10, he was 1-for-18 with three strikeouts. His only hit was a solo home run in a one-run loss to the Houston Astros.

Considering his play earlier this season, however, he seems to be trending in the right direction overall. It certainly looked that way when he took Gerritt Cole deep over the centerfield wall to help the Rangers snap that losing streak.

 

 

Expect Calhoun to find his way once again, sooner rather than later.