#HIGHFIVE (WEEK 10):  Aaron Judge’s 32-Game On Base Streak Steals The Show

#HIGHFIVE (WEEK 10): Aaron Judge’s 32-Game On Base Streak Steals The Show

Aaron Judge once again reigns supreme over the baseball world, earning the top spot in Week 10 of our #HighFive list, thanks to his current 32-game on base streak (that he shares with shortstop and teammate Anthony Volpe) and being named May’s American League Player of the Month.

 

1. Aaron Judge

 

On Wednesday night Aaron Judge extended his on-base streak to 31-games in emphatic fashion: not by way of his normal 400ft plus home runs, but with a bases clearing triple to help his Yankees win their 7th game in a row.

 

The current league leader in home runs, OPS and slugging percentage has hits in 12 of his last 13 games entering Thursday, and is slashing .417/.548/1.042 with four bombs, 15 RBI and two stolen bases in his last seven games

 

The highlight for Judge this week came last weekend when he returned to his hometown Bay Area to take on San Francisco.

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A few offseasons ago, it was falsely reported that Judge would be signing with the Giants, so their fans welcomed him with a chorus of boos.

 

He responded in the best way possible, homering three times in the first two games and driving in six RBI for the series.

 

This weekend Judge’s Yankees will take on Mookie Betts and the Dodgers.

 

2. “Black” Jack Flaherty


Jack Flaherty pulled out his Ace card to shut the World Series Champion Texas Rangers down and earn the two spot on our #HighFive list.

 

He gave up little to no hard contact in his five shutout innings, surrendering just two hits, no walks and striking out four. Flaherty exited the game after just 60 pitches due to a stiff back, reportedly. He should be ready for his next start. 

 

“It’s weird how it works out,” said Flaherty.  ‘I got two extra days.  I am not going for another week with two off days.  We will see how I wake up tomorrow, but I feel good about it.”

 

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If all goes well, that next start will be Tuesday against C.J. Abrams and the Washington Nationals.

 

3. Marcus “Stro Show” Stroman

Marcus Stroman capped off one of the best months of his career with another strong outing in a win over the San Francisco Giants.

 

Stroman went 7.1 last Friday night, allowing two runs on six hits. That lowered his ERA to 1.91 for the month and also brought his opponents’ batting average to .198.  He finished May with a 3-1 record.

 

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Stroman continues to be a reliable piece in a Yankees starting rotation that has the best ERA in the Majors.  He has gone at least five innings in each of his 12 starts this year. He takes the mound Thursday night as his Yankees look to complete a sweep over the Minnesota Twins.

 

4. Marcus Semien

After missing his first game in 349 consecutive starts, Marcus Semien got right back to business this week, grinding out a six-game hitting streak and earning a spot on the #HighFive for the third time this year.

 

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A few weeks ago, Semien collided with Adolis Garcia in the outfield.  Garcia missed the next few games to recover but the Ironman mentality that Semien has carried with him throughout his career would not let him miss any time. 

 

That is until his manager Bruch Bochy forced him to take a day off last week.

 

“It is not something I wanted to do at all,” Semien told MLBbro.com.  “But we had an off day the next day.  The rest had me feeling good and ready to go for the rest of the year.”

 

Since his return to the lineup, he is slashing .360/.484./.520 with six walks, three of which came in one game and one home run, which was the 28th leadoff Bro bomb of his career.

 

5. Corey Julks

 


Corey Julks is making the most of his opportunity in his first few weeks on the South Side of Chicago.
He’s played 15 games since being picked up off waivers from the Astros.

Over that span he is hitting .320 with a .404 on base percentage and is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak he will look to continue Thursday night and over the weekend against the Red Sox.

 

 

 

#HIGH FIVE | These Are The Bros Who Were Gettin It Done This Week

#HIGH FIVE | These Are The Bros Who Were Gettin It Done This Week

Hunter Greene has been stacking great starts together for over a month and it is about time the league started taking notice. He dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers for a second straight start last Saturday to lower his ERA to 1.95 in his last six games, earning him the top spot on Week 9 of our #HighFive List.

 

1. Hunter Greene “Machine”

Hunter Greene is showing signs of why he was the second overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.
He appeared to turn a corner after his outing in late April against the defending champion Texas Rangers.
Since then, in a span lasting over his last six starts, Greene is 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

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Greene gave up one run on five hits and a walk Saturday night against the Dodgers to secure the Reds their first series win since their April 21st matchup against the Angels. He is making a great case for himself to be invited to Arlington, Texas for Major League Baseball’s 94th All-Star Game, posting a 3.06 ERA with 71 strikeouts on the year. The next time Greene takes the mound will be in the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field Saturday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs.

 

2. Marcus “Stro Show” Stroman

Marcus Stroman was one of the most dominant pitchers in the American League during the month of May, posting a 1.76 ERA in 30.1 innings ahead of his final start of the month tonight in San Francisco.

 

 

Stroman picked up the win last Saturday in San Diego after throwing six shutout innings of three-hit baseball, adding five strikeouts. That improved his record to 4-2 while lowering his season ERA to 2.76 after 11 starts. Stroman has given up just one earned run in his last three starts, spanning 19.1 innings.

 

3. Aaron Judge

Although pitching takes center stage on our #HighFive this week, Aaron Judge still earned himself his usual spot after being given the honor of being named as MLBbro.com Homeboi Highlights.

 

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The Yankees took off as a team during May in large part due to Judge’s success. He slashed .364/.491/.875 with 11 home runs, 21 RBI, 22 walks and 21 doubles this month. “We are just watching greatness,” teammate Marcus Stroman told reporters last weekend when asked about Judge.

“Sometimes you can take it for granted to be honest, but like I said this is something that I will be sitting with my grandkids and telling them about.”

 

4. Jordan Hicks

 

Jordan Hicks continues to shine in his first season as a full-time starter. Out of the 11 games he started this year, all but one have been quality starts and he has not given up more than three earned in any of them. In his start last weekend against the Mets he struck out eight in five innings and only allowed one earned on just one hit and two walks to lower his ERA to 2.33 after 58 innings.

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Tonight, he will take the mound against the New York Yankees where he will face off against fellow #HighFive member Aaron Judge.

 

5. Mookie Betts

The best all-around player in the Majors takes the final spot on our Week 9 #HighFive list. Mookie Betts had his modest six-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday after an 0-for-4 showing at the plate but still put up some impressive numbers over his last seven games.

He hit .345 with a .406 On Base Percentage out of his normal leadoff spot and still is near the top of the National League leaderboard for most offensive categories including OPS, hits, doubles, slugging percentage, OPS and runs scored. This weekend Betts’ Dodgers will welcome a Colorado Rockies team to town that has won 12 of their last 19 games.

#HIGHFIVE | It’s NY Yankees Time Again, Can Baseball Handle It?

#HIGHFIVE | It’s NY Yankees Time Again, Can Baseball Handle It?

 

Aaron Judge reaches the peak of the #HighFive mountaintop for a second straight week after continuing his domination through the month of May.  He has already surpassed his home run total for April and is slashing .396/.477/1.000 over his last 15 games

 

1. Aaron Judge

As I was typing this list Thursday afternoon, to little surprise, Aaron Judge launched another home run, bringing his monthly total to eight.

On the backs of Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Juan Soto, the Yankees, who hold ownership of the best record in the American League, are looking like the Bronx Bombers of the early 2000’s.

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Judge was named the American League Player of the Week and now has hits in 10 of his last 11 games as well as ranking in the top five in the American League for home runs, OPS, Slugging percentage, walks and doubles.

 

2. Marcus “Stro Show” Stroman

Marcus Stroman added another solid start to his 2024 resume to earn the two spot on Week 8 of our #HighFive list.

 

It is the second consecutive week Stroman claims the two spot, this time coming after throwing 7.1 innings of one-run baseball where he only gave up three hits and struck out six Seattle Mariners.

 

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His ERA is now at 3.05 and batters are only hitting .226 off of him after 10 starts.

Stroman will take the mound next on Saturday when his Yankees travel across the country to take on the San Diego Padres.

 

3. “Late Night” LaMonte Wade Jr.

LaMonte Wade continues to be an on base machine for San Francisco as he takes the three spot on our #HighFive List.

Although he is still about two weeks away from reaching the amount of at-bats needed to qualify as a league leader, Wade’s .481 leads the rest of the Majors by a landslide (as of now Mookie Betts leads at .432).

Wednesday night’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates was one of if not the best games of Wade’s career.

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He recorded three hits and walked three times in the same game, a feat no San Francisco Giant besides Wade himself – who also did it last season and Barry Bonds in his 2001 National League MVP award winning season – have accomplished.

 

4. Byron Buxton


Byron Buxton returned from injury this week and did major damage for the Twins.

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He reached base safely in each of the four games he started in since returning, including a two-homer day in D.C. against the Nationals which helped them snap a seven-game losing streak.

“We knew things had to change,” Buxton told reporters postgame.

“We had to come out with the confidence and energy that we had in the past.”

The Twins will take on the reigning World Series champion Texas Rangers for three-games over the weekend.


5. Josh Bell

The Miami Marlins are showing signs of life after a dreadful start to the year, winning seven of their last 10 games. 

 One player who has helped lead the way is first baseman Josh Bell, who is hitting .310 with seven RBI over his last seven games.

After slashing .167/.234/.275 in April, Bell has improved all of his hitting numbers over the month of May.

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Last Friday night with the Marlins trailing by three with one out and two runners on base, Bell launched a game-tying three-run homer over the center field wall.  Miami would later go on to win via walk-off.

Just days later, Bell wanted to feel that walk-off feeling for himself, so with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th in Monday night’s game, he shot a game-winning single to right field. 

The Marlins will travel to Arizona this weekend to take on last year’s National League Champion D-Backs.