MLBbro Jon Singleton Is Motivated By Seven-Game Series Loss To Texas Rangers

MLBbro Jon Singleton Is Motivated By Seven-Game Series Loss To Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON, Tx. — Jon Singleton had a relatively short offseason after Houston reached the 2023 American League Championship Series but made the most of his limited time off.

Whenever he found a break from spending time with his kids, gym workouts and batting cage sessions consumed the Long Beach native’s spare time.

“I went back home to California where I live,” Singleton told MLBbro.com.

 “I spent a lot of time hanging out with the kids and taking them to school. Aside from that, I was just preparing for this season.”

 

Fueled by last year’s seven-game championship series loss to the Rangers, the lefty slugger spent the offseason molding his craft.

Eager for a chance to help the Astros clinch another World Series title, Singleton was not shy about his feelings toward Texas.

 

Singleton Motivated By Loss To Texas Rangers 

Singleton admitted that it motivates him when asked if the rivalry between the two Lone Star teams was intensified by their historic ALCS battle, in which the road team won all seven playoff matchups.

“The ALCS [loss] kinda put a sour taste in our mouths,” Singleton said. “We definitely want to come out here and beat [the Rangers].”

Over their last 50 games against Texas, the Astros are 33-17, but just 14-11 over their last 25 matchups against the Rangers. This year, they hope to beat Texas when it matters–during the postseason.

For Singleton, aside from championship aspirations, his biggest goal this season is centered around his approach at the plate.

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“Just being consistent,” Singleton said. “Just having quality at-bats every chance I get. That’s the biggest goal for me.”

Singleton drew 10 walks and drove in 10 runs in 25 games with the Astros following a mid-season trade from the Brewers.

This season, the talented first baseman could have an expanded role with the Astros, especially if former AL MVP Jose Abreu’s woes continue at the plate.

Michael A. Taylor Is Hitting .429 and Locked In On A Career Season

Michael A. Taylor Is Hitting .429 and Locked In On A Career Season

 

Michael A. Taylor is off to the best start of his career in his first season with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 2021 Gold Glove Award winner is top three in the league with a .429 batting average through eight games with six RBI.

Throughout his career, Taylor has been known as a defensive specialist and one of the top defenders in the league.

The 33-year-old is showing everyone that there’s more to his game than his defensive skill set.

Last season, he set a career-high in home runs with 21, as a member of the Minnesota Twins.

Michael A. Taylor Has Tied A Career-High In Homers This Season For Minnesota Twins

Fans in Pittsburgh are loving what they are seeing from Taylor and he’s been fitting into the lineup quite well.

The Pirates have also started the season off strong and have one of the best records in all of baseball (8-2). The latest win came in dramatic fashion (3-2) on Sunday against the surging Orioles.

And Taylor has been a huge contributor and will look to contribute throughout the remainder of the season.

Taylor’s hot bat is a plus for Pittsburgh

Taylor started the season on a seven-game hit streak and had a superb series against his former team, the Washington Nationals.

During the three-game series, he went 7-for-12 with three RBI and scored three runs. When he returned to the nation’s capital, he enjoyed the reaction he received from National fans.

“That was awesome. That was really awesome,” Taylor said in an article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Probably one of the better moments I’ve had on a baseball field. To be able to come back here and get that kind of welcome was special. I really appreciated it.”

“I know what this place meant to me,” he said. “I had a lot of good times, and whether I got an ovation or anything like that, my time here was still very good.”

Taylor has wasted no time establishing himself at the plate this season. For his career, he’s currently hitting .240 and has only had two seasons where he hit over .250, which came in 2017 (.271) and 2022 (.254).

This could be Taylor’s first season where he hits .300 or better if he continues to have the success he’s had at the plate.

Playing a key role for the Pirates

Pittsburgh has been one of the hottest teams in the league so far and have been fun to watch. This could be the year where they make a potential playoff appearance since their last in 2015.

And Taylor, who has postseason experience, can certainly make a significant impact on this team, whether it’s in the field or at the plate.

The 2019 World Series champion talked about the makeup of this Pirates team and how it’s been playing with them.

“We have a very dynamic team,” Taylor said. “There’s a lot of ways we can score runs, and that’s keeping us in a lot of ball games. We’re just able to take what they give us.”

“I feel like we’re doing a great job with coming in with a game plan, and everyone’s committed to it and sticking to it,” he said. “That’s contagious. We’ve got a good thing going right now, and we’re looking forward to keeping it going.”

The Pirates will be a team to watch throughout the season and we will get to see if Taylor can continue his success at the plate.

 

Bro Bets To Set Your Pockets Straight Early For World Series Tickets Later

Bro Bets To Set Your Pockets Straight Early For World Series Tickets Later

It’s 2024, and MLBbro.com is back like we never left. Hopefully you’ve followed Bro Betting Baseball for the last two seasons, but if for the newcomers, I will bring you three picks every Friday for your sports gambling pleasure. Get your bankroll ready, or shekels if you’re the big boss @RobParkerMLBbro, and let’s hit the bookmakers hard this season.

 

  1. First stop is the Big Apple, New York. The Yankees (-149) look to topple division foe, Toronto Blue Jays (+127). While it’s early in the season, the Yankees have looked amazing behind former MLBbro of the year, Aaron Judge (1 HR, 4 RBIs). He and the Brooklyn Bombers should have a field day against the Blue Jay’s lefty Yusei Kikuchi (0 wins – 1 loss, 6.23 ERA).

 

Yankees keep it rolling. Yankees ML (-149)

 

  1. The news of the week is the Oakland A’s (+190) are headed to Sacramento! It’s a dream come true for a Sacramento native, like myself, but the nightmare season will continue for the A’s. They’ll face off with the currently undefeated Detroit Tigers (-238) and their ace Tarik Skubal (1 win – 0 losses, 0.00 ERA), so expect another blowout loss by the floundering A’s.

 

A’s get an F for effort. Tigers -1.5 (-111)

 

  1. In the clean-up spot, the Tampa Bay Rays (-170) travel to the Colorado Rockies (+142) where both teams are hoping to start digging themselves out of last place of their respective divisions. Although both are struggling to start the year, the Rays are much better equipped to string together a few wins behind the bats of Randy Arozarena and Yandy Diaz, and the arms of starters like Zack Littell (1 win – 0 losses, 0.00 ERA). Littell should mow over the meager Rockies lineup, who rank 20th or below in all major offensive statistical categories.

 

Best Bet. Tampa Bay Rays -1.5 (-118)

Mychal Givens’ Foundation Reaches Inner-City Youth Through Sports

Mychal Givens’ Foundation Reaches Inner-City Youth Through Sports

The Givens Back Foundation Inc. was founded by current Miami Marlins pitcher Mychal Givens. The main goal of the Givens Back Foundation is to enhance the lives of inner-city youth through sports.

Growing up in the inner city of Tampa, Florida, the MLBbro saw the struggles that kids face, and the hardships they endure as they grow.

He’s also changing lives as MLB Players Trust Ambassador.

 

MLBbro Samad Taylor Is Ready To Play ‘With His Hair On Fire’ For Seattle Mariners

MLBbro Samad Taylor Is Ready To Play ‘With His Hair On Fire’ For Seattle Mariners

This might be MLBbro Samad Taylor’s initial season in the Seattle Mariners organization, but he comes prepared and could be on the verge of big things.

 

Like so many players, he knows that a majority of the spring is over, and the big picture is closer.

 

“It’s going pretty good, time is moving on, wrapping it up to something that really counts,” Taylor said. “I feel the team we have now, we can go out and make some noise, we’re gonna be heard,” he added.

 

Samad Taylor Is A Baseball Rolling Stone

Travel is a big part of professional baseball and Taylor has played in a multitude of countries.

He has been fortunate enough to play in the Australian Baseball league, Dominican Winter League, and north of the border in Vancouver.

“I love the game. Anything I can do to be on the field, I’m gonna do it” he explained. ‘`Growing up in California, you played throughout the whole year” Taylor added.

“As long as I can compete and be around the boys and win games, that’s a win for me. Taylor talked about the competitive drive that he has.

 

 

Samad Taylor Agrees With Teammate JP Crawford: “West Side Is The Best Side” 

 

He agreed with teammate J.P. Crawford that the west side is the best side: 

 

“I may be biased but that’s how I feel. We love the game a little different” he smiled. “My dad brought it up to me when I was super young” said Taylor, mentioning how he was introduced to the game.

 

“My dad giving me something to do to keep me on the right path was positive and was everything” he added. I liked different sports growing up but he knocked it into my head that baseball was the way out and the way to success, shoutout to my parents for giving me everything I got” 

 

Taylor admired a diverse group of middle infielders growing up. Jose Reyes, David Eckstein, and Chone Figgins. Figgins played his entire major league career on the West Coast, including eight seasons with the Angels.

 

“I’m a small guy and all three of those dudes I named are small guys,” he said. “They played with their hair on fire and brought energy to the game and that’s what I do to try and help my team win” Taylor stated.