Michael Taylor & Marcus Semien Win AL Gold Glove Awards| Web Masters With Soul

Michael Taylor & Marcus Semien Win AL Gold Glove Awards| Web Masters With Soul

Toronto Blue Jays Marcus Semien and Kansas City Royals outfielder Michael Taylor represent the two MLBBros who were announced as Gold Glove Award winners on Sunday.

Let’s tip our caps to these guys who put together incredible fielding seasons.

This award is special for our MLBbros  because it’s their first Gold Glove and don’t be surprised if it’s not their last one either.

Out of the 18 players selected for the award, Semien and Taylor were the only two Black players, representing the American League.

Taylor won the award for the centerfield position and he was a workhorse out there for the Royals.

He led all outfielders in Ultimate Zone Rating (13.3) and led all centerfielders in Defensive Runs Above Average (15.3).

The one-time World Series winner made just three errors in 365 chances, had 11 assists, and finished with a .992 fielding percentage.

Taylor has above average speed and makes really good reads on balls: Just know that if there is a ball hit in the outfield and it’s not leaving the park, Taylor is going to have a good chance tracking it down.

Semien will probably add a Silver Slugger Award to go along with his Gold Glove Award.

This brother had an amazing season and was one of the hottest players in all of baseball from April to October.

In his first season with the Blue Jays, Semien spent most of his time at second base. He broke the record for home runs by a second baseman in an MLB season, but his glove work was just as prominent. Semien definitely had an MVP-caliber season.

He made a total of nine errors in 590 chances, while finishing with 363 assists and a .985 fielding percentage.

Before coming over to Toronto, Semien spent most of his time playing shortstop. Making that transition to second base seemed to work out just fine.

He led all AL second basemen in Ultimate Zone Rating at 6.6. Semien was one player who definitely made a name for himself this season and he quickly became a fan favorite.

Michael Taylor and Marcus Semien did their thing on the field this season and it’s great to see that their efforts did not go unnoticed.

National League pitcher Marcus Stroman was snubbed for his Gold Glove, but the AL got it right with these guys.

Gold Glove Finalists Announced & It Looks Like Two MLBbros Were Snubbed | Where’s Marcus Stroman, Taijuan Walker?

Much respect to both of these players and representing the MLBbros!

Gold Glove Finalists Announced & It Looks Like Two MLBbros Were Snubbed | Where’s Marcus Stroman, Taijuan Walker?

Gold Glove Finalists Announced & It Looks Like Two MLBbros Were Snubbed | Where’s Marcus Stroman, Taijuan Walker?

As the 2021 season nears to a close, that means it’s time for end of season awards.

This is when we found out who the best of the best were in the field. Those webmasters who separated themselves from the rest.

It seems as if two MLBbros were left off the finalists list for the Gold Glove Award.

The National League finalists were: Zach Davies, Max Fried, and Zack Wheeler. Not to throw salt on those pitchers at all, but two of our Bros were deserving of that award.

Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker made web gems on the mound all season long in addition to carrying the New York Mets pitching staff as workhorses.

When the finalists were announced, there were a lot of people on social media who were surprised that neither Stroman or Walker were on that list.

And they have a good reason to be surprised.

 

On the mound they competed and did their best to keep their team in ball games, whether that was striking batters out or making plays on the mound.

Marcus Stroman can make plays on the mound

I mean, it doesn’t get much better than this.

For those who aren’t familiar with the term PFP (Pitching fielding position), just watch Stroman on the mound.

He is very quick off the hill and any ball hit anywhere near the mound, you better believe that Stroman will get to it.

Stroman is no stranger to winning Gold Gloves. When he was playing with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017 he won his first and only Gold Glove.

He finished the 2021 season with a .961 fielding percentage and made only two errors in 51 chances. Stroman also had 29 assists and 20 putouts.

Stroman had a higher fielding percentage than Zach Wheeler (.958), let’s not forget that.

Our MLBbro is arguably the best fielding pitcher in all of baseball. The former high school shortstop is certainly the most athletic.

Taijuan Walker also deserved to be a finalist for the Gold Glove Award.

In his first season with the Mets, Walker certainly made a name for himself, earning his first All-Star nod as an important piece in the Mets’ rotation.

This brother was at the top of the list when it came to Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) at seven. Only Dallas Keuchel was ahead of him in that category with 12.

Like his teammate Stroman, Walker finished the season with a .961 fielding percentage and made two errors in 51 chances.

He had a career-high in putouts (16) and assists (33), but apparently his stats weren’t enough to be named a finalist either.

These two players were exciting to watch this season and played their position well. Stroman and Walker are Gold Glove winners in our books.

MLB needs to give us an explanation on this one.

MLB Season Ends For MLBbros Dave Roberts & Mookie Betts | Atlanta Shocks Dodgers To Advance To World Series

MLB Season Ends For MLBbros Dave Roberts & Mookie Betts | Atlanta Shocks Dodgers To Advance To World Series

There will be a new World Series champion as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.

Dave Roberts and his team did not go out without a fight, but in the end, the Braves were just too much this year.

“They outplayed us, plain and simple,” Roberts said after the game.

The game was tied at one going into the bottom of the fourth and Roberts decided to let his starting pitcher Walker Buehler pitch to Eddie Rosario, who would end up hitting a three-run home run.

“I just felt right there, the way Walker was throwing, I expected him to keep going,” he said. “The stuff wasn’t compromised.”

Our MLBbro, Mookie Betts went hitless during Game 6, going 0-for-4 at the plate with two strikeouts.

He had an opportunity to tie the game up or give the Dodgers the lead in the seventh with two runners on, but struck out swinging to end the inning.

An unusual performance for the two-time World series champ.

But looking at his numbers this postseason, this was arguably one his best postseason performances of his career.

He finished with a .319 batting average with five RBI, a home run, and six stolen bases.

Unfortunately, he was not able to come up clutch this series when his team needed him but he had numerous clutch performances this postseason.

Yes people are going to look at how he didn’t deliver when it mattered against the Braves, but that doesn’t discredit how well he played this season.

There were times this season where Betts struggled and was dealing with injuries, but this guy is a baller and he answered the bell numerous times when his number was called.

In his eight year career, Betts has appeared in the playoffs five times and has won a World Series with two different teams.

He has a .272 career batting average in the postseason with a total of 56 hits, four home runs, and 17 RBI.

Our MLBbro has played a lot of baseball during his career and he is poised to have a long career where he will continue to play in more postseasons down the line.

The Dodgers are a team that will always be a contender for a World Series, given the talented player on their roster.

Roberts has been the manager of the Dodgers since 2016 and helped the team win their first World Series since 1988 last season.

You can never count out the Dodgers and they’ll be back to make another World Series run next season.

A huge shout out to Roberts on leading his team to 100 plus wins for the second time in three years and this will not be the end of the Dodgers.

Mookie & Dodgers Join Hit Parade In Game 5 | Dave Roberts Is Still Alive In NLCS

Mookie & Dodgers Join Hit Parade In Game 5 | Dave Roberts Is Still Alive In NLCS

Mookie Betts joined the hit parade as the Dodgers crushed the Braves in Game 5, so don’t count out Dave Roberts team just yet

Facing elimination, Dave Robert’s team was able to force another game as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves 11-2 in Game 5.

The Braves now lead 3-2 as the series shifts back to Atlanta.

After going hitless in Game 4, our MLBbro Mookie Betts went 1-for-5 at the plate with a run scored, and his teammates stepped up in a big way this game.

Going into Game 4, Betts talked about how the team needed to turn things around.

“Sometimes you don’t get hot,” he said. “ I feel like we haven’t gotten hot as a unit. It makes it really hard to win like that. We have to find a way to get hot.”

Well the Dodgers certainly found a way to get hot in this crucial game.

Chris Taylor hit a pair of two-run homers and a solo shot to propel the Dodgers offense to a key victory.

He finished the game with four hits (three home runs) and six RBI.

The Dodgers knew what was at stake going into Game 5 and did not want their season to end just yet.

Unlike Game 4, they dominated throughout the game both on offense and defense.

Even though the Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead to start the game, the Dodgers quickly responded and never looked back.

Seven players in the Dodgers lineup all had hits and five of them had multiple hits. This Dodgers offense has been one of the best all season and that’s a big reason why they are still playing right now.

With Betts being the leadoff hitter on a loaded team, he’s in a good position to give that team the spark they need, especially when the bats aren’t hot.

He’s been a spark all postseason and the few games he hasn’t, his teammates have had his back.

Dave Roberts had faith in his team coming into this game despite facing elimination and they certainly did not disappoint him.

One thing about the Dodgers is that they have multiple weapons on offense and on the mound and can beat you in many ways.

If one player is struggling, you better believe that another player is going to step up.

This is now seven consecutive elimination games that the Dodgers have won.

“I guess when our backs are against the wall we play our best and fight,” Roberts said after the game. “It’s not an ideal spot to be in, even right now, an elimination game on Game 6, but I guess it brings out the best of us.”

Now it’s on to Game 6 of this exciting series. These two teams will square off on Saturday, October 23rd at 5:08 p.m. EST.

No Mookie Magic In NLCS Game 4 | Dave Roberts’ Dodgers In Familiar Situation

No Mookie Magic In NLCS Game 4 | Dave Roberts’ Dodgers In Familiar Situation

By Kevin Moore

After being the hero in Game 3, leading his team to a 6-5 victory, Mookie Betts was held hitless in Game 4 as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell 9-2 to the Atlanta Braves.

If it wasn’t for Betts’ clutch hit in Game 3, this series would have been over and the Braves would be on their way to the World Series.

 

But that’s not the case.

Betts has been on fire during the postseason, but the Braves held him hitless at the plate for the second time during the series.

Now the Dodgers have their backs against the wall as they trail the Braves 3-1 in the National League Championship Series.

Our MLBbro finished Game 4 going 0-4 at the plate with a strikeout. It was a tough outing for the Dodgers leadoff hitter and he just could not find his rhythm at the plate.

This is one of the few games that Betts has struggled in this postseason.

He’s been one of the hottest hitters for his team, batting .412 with five RBIs and a home run this postseason.

But Mookie knows a thing or two about inspiring playoff comebacks and rallies.

Dodgers In A  Familar Hole 

The Dodgers will have to win three straight in order to advance to the World Series and look to win their second straight title.

It won’t be an easy task for the Dodgers, but this team has been in this situation before.

In the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers won Game 5 to advance to the NLCS.

‘Mookie Magic’ came through in that game going 4-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.

Look for more of that magic in Game 5 from Betts as he’ll look to keep his team alive in the series.

These two teams played in last season’s NLCS and the Braves won three out of the first four games.

This year, the Braves have done the same thing. Atlanta dominated throughout the entirety of Game 4.

“I think they just outplayed us in all facets,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the game.

The Dodgers will face Max Fried in Game 5 and Roberts knows it’s going to be a battle.

“Not gonna be much tougher than facing Max Fried in an elimination game, but we’ve done it before,” he said.

The Dodgers are no strangers to win or go home games and this is what postseason baseball is all about.

Can Roberts and his squad pull off what they did in last year’s playoffs? Though it will be a difficult task, the Dodgers have the team to do it.

Game 6 will be held at Dodger Stadium today at 8:08 p.m. EST