When Harrison joined the Athletics, he knew he would be in a position to help this team make a playoff push.
Harrison has put together some key at bats in August and going into September. The utility man is on a three-game hitting streak and is looking to build off that as the season nears an end.
He’s had a lot of production at the leadoff spot for the Athletics and has put the team in multiple positions to win games.
“Well, part of it is the team’s looking for you to be a spark,” Harrison told Yahoo Sports. “Whether that’s get on base, having a good at-bat, you get a chance to get things started.”
As a leadoff hitter, the team expects you to do whatever you have to do to get in scoring position during the game.
You set the tone as a leadoff hitter and when you’re having success at the top of the lineup, good things will happen.
“At the end of the day, as long as we’re having good at-bats, one through nine and, as you mentioned, being the leadoff man, top of the order, getting things started, Oly came through a nice clutch double, Marte hit a home run,” Harrison said. “More than anything, it’s going to take one through nine, if we can jump out early and set with hitters up front, I think — I don’t want to say it makes the job easier — you still got to play 27 outs, it’s all about getting to that pitcher and getting to that bullpen.”
Every game is important for the Athletics and there’s no doubt that Harrison will continue to put the Athletics in a position to get into the postseason.
In his 11th season, Harrison still has the skillset to play at high level. There’s a reason why he’s still a hot commodity and why the Athletics sought out to acquire him.
It’s going to be a battle for the final two American League Wild Card spots and the Athletics are going to look for players like Harrison to help them emerge victorious.
Chicago White Sox outfielder Billy Hamilton did not play a game in August due to an injury. But the speedster is back healthy and is ready to be a key player off the bench for one of the top teams in the league.
Hamilton is known around the league for his legs (he holds the record for stolen bases in a minor league season at 155!) and he is an elite defender.
In his first year with the White Sox, Hamilton has added depth to a talented outfield. His ability to track down balls puts the White Sox in positions to win games.
Our MLBbro returned to action on September 4 after not playing since July 30.
Hamilton struck out in his lone at bat against the Kansas City Royals. Now that Hamilton is back on the roster, he’ll see a more reserved role coming off the bench.
He can provide energy the team needs and he can make game changing plays.
On the season he has a .224 batting average with 19 runs scored, 11 RBI, and eight stolen bases.
There’s a good chance that Hamilton will see a lot more action during September as the White Sox are in a comfortable position to win the division.
Now when the playoffs come, Hamilton will need to stay ready for when his number is called.
Whether he’s starting or coming off the bench, he will have an opportunity to show how much of an impact he has on the team.
Hamilton is the type of player who makes an impact even when he’s not playing.
When he was hurt, he was a big presence in the dugout.
“He’s part of why there’s a really good vibe on this club,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa told NBC Sports Chicago when Hamilton was injured. “You see it in the dugout. But he’s in the clubhouse, wherever he is, he’s surrounded by people that have fun with him.”
Hamilton is a likeable guy and he’s someone who brings that positive energy the team needs.
“These guys have a lot of confidence, these guys want to perform every single day. All I hear them talking about is winning and being confident, so I kind of fit in right away with those guys,” Hamilton said back in May.
“We feel every day is like a championship game, our last game. We want to come in and win every single game, and that’s what I love about this team,” he said. “And the confidence walking around the clubhouse, how we carry ourselves over here, everybody’s walking around with so much passion and so much confidence. It’s just fun to be a part of.”
There’s no question that the White Sox are one of the most talented teams in the league and Hamilton understands his role on the team.
Don’t sleep on our MLBbro, Hamilton is still a threat out there on that field.
This is a sign the Rays definitely wanted to see from their veteran pitcher. On the season, he has a 1-1 record with a 5.28 ERA through five games. The past two seasons have been a rollercoaster ride for the two-time All-Star and it was a good sign to see him secure his first win this year.
He may not have had his best performance on Saturday, but he still went out there and gave a professional effort.
Archer received a lot of run support that day from his teammates as the Rays went on to defeat the Twins 11-4. The 32-year-old went five innings giving up four runs on four hits. He did surrender two home runs but we’ll chalk that up to rust. He also struck out three and he threw a total of 78 pitches.
This was Archer’s fifth start of the season and the 78 pitches and five innings were season highs for the veteran.
“I want to provide length,” Archer told the Tampa Bay Times. “I think that’s one thing I can give this team, and quality length. My breaking ball wasn’t quite as good there towards the end. But throwing 78 pitches, completing five, it was huge going forward. We still have a lot of baseball left. And if I can provide length, it’s going to bode well for everybody.”
If Archer can provide length on the mound for the Rays going forward, that will be a huge plus for the team. The velocity is still there as he touched 95 a few times against the Twins.
Injuries haven’t been the only setback Archer has dealt. The former All-Star has had some family issues which has caused him to miss a majority of the season, but if he can continue to work his way back to a starter capable of going six or seven innings, the Rays would be that much more of a threat.
“It was great,” Archer said on his recent outing. “Obviously I walked more than I wanted to, but it just gave me confidence to go out there and push the pitch count to 78, which is the most pitches I’ve thrown in a long time. The team, we got a big win, and I took that next step in my pitch count/innings limitations also.”
This is the right time for Archer to build his confidence, especially going into the postseason. He will get the opportunity to make a few more starts before then. Rays brass will be watching his final few starts before the playoffs to see if he figures in their plans.
Archer will certainly be up for the challenge . Our MLBbro bro is slowly but surely getting back to his groove and if he can stay in his zone he’ll be a key piece for the Rays.
“Sometimes, you just have to go out there and grind out at-bats and find ways to put the ball in play consistently,” Cain told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after a win over the San Francisco Giants. “We all did it in a bunch of different ways tonight and scored six runs, and that was enough tonight.
It’s going to be an exciting end to the season, seeing how things will shake out in both the National and American League.
One thing that Cain has is that playoff experience. It’s invaluable.
When you make the postseason, it’s a different element and you need experienced bulldogs like Cain to get over the hump.
He played a big role in 2015 when the Kansas City Royals won the World Series, and now he’s looking to do the same with the Brewers.
Keep a close eye on our MLBbro over there in Milwaukee. The Brewers already have a talented team and when Cain is healthy, he makes the team a tougher out.
It’s been a rollercoaster season for New York Mets outfielder Dominic Smith. He has had some high and low points to say the least. But Smith is still a player that the Mets are high on and he can still add value to the team.
At the start of the season, Smith was an everyday starter and was becoming a valuable piece to the team.
“Hitting sliders is just something that I did when I was playing well,” Smith told the New York Post. “Just getting back to that felt good.”
That would be the go ahead run as the Mets went on to win the game.
It was a pleasant sight to see Smith come through in a big way to help his team. His 11 home runs are tied for a career-best and his 55 RBI are a career-best as well.
Mets manager Luis Rojas has noticed that Smith has taken advantage of his time on the bench.
“I’m very proud that he’s taken this diminished playing time to working,” Rojas said. “He’s been in the cage, he’s been working on himself and trying to find himself. And when a guy does that, and contributes for the team in a big situation, it just tells you the discipline that he has.”
Smith wants to better himself as a player and it’s good that he’s putting in the extra work.
And though he’s no longer an everyday starter, he continues to stay ready for his number to be called.
“I think with the time off, he’s taken advantage to work on some things,” Rojas said.
When looking at the brighter side of things, Smith has had his struggles throughout the season, but he’s still putting up career-best numbers.
There’s no question that Smith has shown improvement since his first year in 2017. Despite the struggles, Smith has put the work in to make sure he can remain a productive player.
We get it, slumps happen, but it’s how you bounce back from those slumps and Smith is heading in the right direction as the season is coming to an end.
With the work that he’s putting in, Smith will find himself in a good position as his career carries on.
Now let’s take time our to wish our MLBbro and his family all the best as he was placed on the bereavement list on September 3rd.
Dominic Smith has been placed on the bereavement list. He'll be off the roster tonight, opening the spot for the Mets to activate Brad Hand.