Even when he’s not circling the bases with one swing, Mullins is doing the job of a leadoff hitter and getting on base in any way possible.
Mullins has gotten on base in 15 consecutive games, not including his pinch hit appearance on August 30th and scored 15 times.
5. J.P. Crawford
The Mariners 19-year long playoff drought is currently the longest in the Majors.
At some point this season, they were supposed to fall off, but led by last year’s Gold Glove shortstop J.P. Crawford, they have won 7 out of 10 games and are two and a half back of the final wild card spot.
Crawford put the Astros on ice with a two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday to save Seattle from getting swept.
Over his last seven games Crawford is hitting .323 with six RBI, four walks and eight runs.
Marcus Semien was the starter for the American League All-Star team at second base earlier this summer, but this most recent stretch of play may be the best showing in what has been a career year.
Over his last seven games he’s slugging a sick 1.000 with 6 homers and 11 RBI.
Semien has not been stat padding with his numbers either: entering Tuesday, his Blue Jays had won eight of their last 10 games, which included a sweep of the Wild Card hopeful Oakland Athletics. Then they double flexed and grounded the surging Yankees on the back of Semien’s five RBI on Labor Day.
Friday night’s game against the Athletics was one of the wildest games played this season. The Jays trailed 8-2 before a six run eighth inning tied the game. The A’s would respond with two runs in the ninth, but then in the bottom half Semien called game by hitting a three-run home run to the second deck.
I feel when you play this game so hard you realize things about the baseball gods and you tend to believe. For Marcus to come up in that situation at that time in the game to do what he did is wild. I wanted to live in that moment for a bit. that’s all https://t.co/FSEatZcDzs
Fellow MLBbro and Oakland A Tony Kemp stayed on the field long after Semien’s walk-off heroics to watch his on field press conference. Then came Monday afternoon when the Blue Jays went into the Bronx and shut out the Yankees 8-0. Semien got the Day Party started with a solo homer.
What a year Semien is having. After the A’s treated him like damaged goods, he rebounds with one of the greatest statistical seasons by a second baseman in MLB history. How’s that for sticking it to your ex?
Semien is evoking memories of the great Joe Morgan. He’s also having a career year on the defensive side of the ball. He made the switch this season from shortstop to second base for the first time in his nine year career and currently has his highest Defensive WAR at 1.6.
Semien now has a .270 average, 88 RBI, 14 steals and .875 slugging percentage and a Big Bag coming his way this off-season.
“They came out attacking early, and then coupled with my command not being there, not being great tonight, that was the result tonight,” said Gray who struggled for his second start in a row.
Gray is going to have to take his lumps and get acclimated to the Bigs during the final month of his 2021 season.
He had six consecutive starts pitching at least five innings before that streak was snapped in last Monday’s start against the Phillies. The young hurler only lasted four innings and gave up seven runs — six of which were earned— and struck out four.
After going through a few post All-Star Game struggles, “Fly High” Taijuan Walker seemed to be rounding his way back into form after a successful August. However, his first start of September showed otherwise.
He gave up a leadoff home run on a 3-1 pitch. Then, later on that inning Walker would give up a two-run home run to #HighFive member Josh Bell which cut the lead to 4-3.
Bell would finish the game 1-for-2 at the plate drawing two walks and collecting two RBI. Over his last seven games the switch hitting first baseman has a .308 average, a .419 on base percentage, three RBI and five walks.
Walker would settle down as he held the Nats off the scoreboard through four innings but would give up three runs in the fifth inning, including four singles, a wild pitch, and a walk to Josh Bell.
Walker lasted 4.1 innings, giving up the two home runs, striking out six batters and giving up six hits and six runs.
The Mets would end up winning the game 13-6 and took three out of four games against the Nationals.
This recent burst has elevated the Mets to just 3.5 games back of the second National League wild card spot, but time is running out.
Both Walker and Gray will look to bounce back during their starts next weekend.
Gray will lead his Nationals into Pittsburgh for a game against the Pirates while Walker will get another taste of the Subway Series as his Mets take on the Yankees.
Malik Wright made a trip to Globe Life Field in Arlington to interview Swiss-Army knife pitcher Taylor Hearn. The third-year hurler has shown great versatility and maturity with his approach to pitching.
This is the first year that Hearn has pitched more than 17.1 innings. In 77.1 innings of work he has 77 K’s and a respectable ERA of 3.96. Sky is the limit for this MLBbro.
We are dancing into September, the final month of the regular season and the official beginning of the race for pennants and playoff spots.
It is also the final chance for players to make their cases for MVP considerations, and Yankees All-Star Aaron Judge has put his name atop the ballot with his play and the team’s current hot streak.
For that, he takes the top spot on Week 21 of our #HighFive List.
1. Aaron Judge
We have been saying it all year, and it becomes clearer and clearer with each passing day; Aaron Judge should have his name in every conversation when discussing who should win the American League MVP award.
Even though Judge was named as a starter for the American League All-Star team, he still has gone underappreciated and undervalued on talk shows and other media outlets.
The numbers for Judge over his last 26 games have put the rest of the Majors on notice, as he continues to prove he is a top 10 player in the game. He is slashing .368/.456/.684 with six doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBI and four steals
The Yankees now claim a two-game lead for the top wild card spot and will look to extend it against Cedric Mullins and the Baltimore Orioles.
2. Devin Williams
Last year’s National League Rookie of the Year Devin Williams got off to a slow start to begin his sophomore campaign, but lately he has shown he is one of the top relief pitchers in the game.