This Is CJ Abrams’ All-Star Season | No. 5 Is An Issue

This Is CJ Abrams’ All-Star Season | No. 5 Is An Issue

On Jackie Robinson day, Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams put together a solid performance to help his team defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 in game one of a three-game series.

 

Abrams went 2-for-5 at the plate with a home run and two runs scored. 

 

 

This young star has set the tone for his team’s offense at the leadoff position and has held it down on the field at shortstop.

 

He carried a seven-game hitting streak from the end of March to the beginning of April and during that span he had four multi-hit games. Through 13 games this season, he’s hitting .296 with four home runs, two triples, 10 RBI, and has a .648 slugging percentage. During those 13 games, he leads his team in home runs, is tied for first in RBI and is second on the team in batting average.

 

Abrams is looking to become the first Nationals shortstop to appear in an All-Star Game since Trea Turner back in 2021.

 

 

And Abrams certainly has the skillset to make his first all-star appearance this year.

 

Since his MLB debut in 2022, you can see that Abrams is more comfortable at the plate and his strength has improved significantly. 

 

“A lot of it has to do with growth and putting on muscle, putting the weight on,” Abrams said in an article from The Athletic. “Every offseason I’m in the gym a lot, this offseason at Maven.”

 

CJ Abrams Offseason Workouts Regiment Is Paying Dividends

 

That offseason work is essential and that work you put in during that time will definitely translate when the season begins. And for Abrams, we are seeing the results from that hard work and dedication he has put into his offseason routine. At the plate, Abrams does a really good job of keeping his hands tight and work through the baseball.

 

And all that starts with his routine work in the batting cages. There is a reason why Abrams was one of the top prospects out of high school. When he got drafted in 2019, he knew that he would have to put the work in when no one was watching. 

 

Fast forward to 2024 and he’s one of the top young players in the league. And he continues to improve his game each season.

 

CJ Abrams and Trey “Da Truth” Lipscomb Give Washington Nationals Rare All-MLBbro Left Side Of The Infield

 

When you mention CJ Abrams and all-star in the same sentence, you have to understand that he makes a strong case to become an all-star, sooner rather than later. If he can continue to put up the numbers like he’s been doing during the early part of the season, he will have a good chance in Arlington, Texas come July.

 

The Nationals have found their shortstop of the future in Abrams, and it will be exciting to see how he develops into a leader over the course of his career and how much of an impact he can make on the game.

 

The MLBbro will go on to have a long and productive career and he will certainly be a role model for the younger generation that follows. 

#HIGHFIVE  (Week 2) 2024 | Surprise Melanated Mound Marauder Takes The Top Spot

#HIGHFIVE (Week 2) 2024 | Surprise Melanated Mound Marauder Takes The Top Spot

Jordan Hicks’ made a statement loud and clear that he is here to compete and dominate in his first season as a full-time starter.  Just three starts into his career, one of baseball’s best flamethrowers takes the top spot in Week 2 of our #HighFive List.

 

1.Jordan Hicks

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Over the off-season, Houston, Texas native Jordan Hicks was one of the more sought after pitchers on the market.

 

He ultimately ended up signing a four-year $44 million deal with San Francisco, but it came as a surprise when the Giants announced they acquired him to be a part of their starting rotation.

 

In his third start of the season Wednesday, Hicks got the win over the Nationals, throwing six innings of one run baseball and giving up just four hits with two hits and two strikeouts.

 

Through his first three starts, his record stands at 2-0 with an ERA of 1.00 and 13 strikeouts through 18 innings.

 

Hicks, who spent last season with both the Blue Jays and Cardinals is known for his electric fastball out of the bullpen, one of which tied a Major League record for fastest pitch ever recorded in 2018 at 105 MPH.

 

Melanated Mound Marauder On Go: Jordan Hicks Continues Dominance In New Starting Role 

 

Hicks’ level of play to begin the season should send worries through the National League West as the Giants now have three pitchers at the top of their rotation that can dominate on a nightly basis.

 

His next start will come Tuesday in Miami.

 

2. Marcus Semien

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World Series Marcus Semien has started fast during the team’s title defense as he claims the two spot on our #HighFive List.

 

After receiving his World Series Ring last week, Semien added more hardware to his trophy case after being awarded his second ever Silver Slugger award.

 

Over his last seven games Semien is slashing .333/.419/.519 with a home run, five RBI, seven runs scored and a stolen base.

 

Last Friday Semien had one of the best games I have seen him play in a Ranger uniform.

 

He finished 3-for-3 with a home run, two walks, three RBI and scored two runs against their rival Astros.

 

Semien will look to continue his success against those same Astros, who he has an average over .460, five home runs and 15 RBI against since 2023 this weekend.

 

3. Triston McKenzie “Dr. Sticks”

“Dr. Sticks” shook back in a big way in the Guardians home opener against the White Sox going 5.2 shutout innings allowing only three hits and four walks.

 

“I could feel the energy from the crowd and the guys in here,” McKenzie told reporters post game.  “We had a long road trip so getting out there and putting up zeros was nice.”

 

This was the first time since September of 2022 that McKenzie had thrown more than five innings in a game. Last season was disappointing, and injury filled for Cleveland’s young right hander. He finished 2022 with a 2.96 ERA that earned him a Rolex watch from Marcus Stroman and is looking to find that form again this time around.

The next time McKenzie takes the mound, the Brooklyn native will face his hometown Yankees on Saturday.

4.  Giancarlo Stanton

After hitting a blast to the Yankees short porch in right field Wednesday night against Miami, Stanton became the 15th active player to hit a home run versus all 30 Major League teams, earning him the fourth spot on our #HighFive List.

 

When Stanton is on the type of tear like he is now, it can be special to watch, and it makes the Yankees one of the most dangerous offenses in the league. Over his last five games, Stanton is hitting .421 with three home runs and seven RBI.  The team’s record stands at 4-1 over that span.

 

 

Stanton and the Yankees will travel to Cleveland this weekend where on Saturday, he faces fellow #HighFive member Triston McKenzie.

5. C.J. Abrams

The Washington Nationals are the only team with an all-black left side of the infield and after Trey “Tha Truth” Lipscomb made his #HighFive debut last week, C.J. Abrams gets the nod this time around.

 

 

Abrams has played at a superstar level since All-Star Break and looks poised to take the leap into superstardom this season.

Abrams is hitting .306 with a .970 OPS, eight RBI and three home runs, one of which he launched deep into the San Francisco sky in what ended up being a 5-3 Nats win.

Washington will travel to the city of Oakland for the final time this weekend to face fellow Georgia native Lawerence Butler and the A’s.

CJ Abrams and Trey “Da Truth” Lipscomb Give Washington Nationals Rare All-MLBbro Left Side Of The Infield

CJ Abrams and Trey “Da Truth” Lipscomb Give Washington Nationals Rare All-MLBbro Left Side Of The Infield

Don’t look now but the Washington Nationals are on the move in the National East. After a slow start that had them in the basement, the Nats are currently on a two-game winning streak and at 4-6 they are 2.5 games out of first as of this Tuesday (April 9). 

Washington at this point is in a transitionary period, still trying to find talent to build their roster.  MLBbro.com found not just one but possibly two MLBbros as a foundation to build on. 

They are easy to find too. They happen to be playing on the left side of the infield at shortstop and third base.

MLBbro CJ Abrams is already considered one of the best shortstops in the National League and Trey Lipscomb has capitalized on his opportunity due to injury sine being called up on March 30th.

 

 

CJ Abrams on a historical offensive run along with his platinum glove?  

 

CJ Abrams had a coming out party in 2023 in Washington and is building off the momentum this season. The former No. 6 overall pick and former key piece of the Juan Soto trade in 2022 has been one of the best offensive weapons the Nationals have had prior to him leaving the lineup with a jammed finger he suffered last Friday.

But before his injury, his stats show that Washington will need him back sooner than later.

 

CJ Abrams on fire first 10 games of season

 

In the first seven games, the Nats struggled to cross the plate, collecting only 27 total runs. Despite these offensive woes, Abrams had hitting slashes of .321/.387/.607 leading the team at the time in homers with two while adding five RBI and three stolen bases. MLBbro.com’s Jaelen Gilkey adds visual aids here to our MLBbro’s exploits early this season in the “Factz” segment… 

  

Let’s go deeper with the CJ Abrams experience…

 

  • Strong slugging percentage with .607
  • Impressive OPS of .994
  • Solid OBP of .387 

 

The stat that the team and fanbase will be watching is home runs.  Abrams has hit two bro bombs in six games, reaching that mark 18 games quicker than last season.

 

 

Can Trey Lipscomb’s early MLBbro performance translate into a NL Rookie of the Year Award? 

 

MLBbro.com covered Trey “The Truth” Lipscomb over the weekend highlighting his on base streak and ever improving play in the field…

Trey Lipscomb Impresses Nats With On Base Streak and Glove Work

 

But this was the tip of the iceberg after becoming the first Nationals rookie to have three hits and three steals in the same game. One of those steals included a slick swipe of home in a 8-1 win over San Francisco.

 

 

Our MLBbro’s on base streak was snapped and he hit a mini 0-11 slump. However, his recent 3-5 performance with an RBI got him back on track. “The Truth” has gained the confidence of the coaching staff to battle through a dip in production and he has rewarded them in tow.

Trey has a hitting slash of .265/.286/.353 with a homer, three RBI, five runs scored and four steals. That’s a lot of production to squeeze into 35 plate appearances. 

 

Two Bros on the leftside of the infield is indeed rare. Why? We don’t know, we just bring you the stats and factz, no matter how mindboggling. 

The only combos of significance we could think of were both great contributors to World Series winning franchises. 

 

St. Louis Cardinals: Ozzie Smith (shortstop) and Terry Pendleton (third base): 

 

If the seed of MLBbro.com movement was planted, it might have happened during the era of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 80’s. The lineup was loaded with MLBbros such as Vince Coleman, Willie McGee and Lonnie Smith who burned up the base paths. However, the two MLBbros who shut down the left side of the infield were former NL MVP Terry Pendleton and the “Wizard of Oz”, Ozzie Smith.

Pendleton was one of the steadier third basemen throughout his career and his 1985 partnership was one of the more exciting combinations not just in MLBbro history, but in baseball history. The multi-tool skills of the pair helped lead the Cardinals to the World Series losing to the Minnesota Twins led by MLBbro icon, Kirby Puckett. 

 

Even though Pendleton couldn’t help deliver a championship, he was vital to deep playoff runs. He played in five World Series in his career. 

 

 

Ozzie Smith’s accomplishments could fill up a whole article, about six videos and even his trade to St. Louis for Garry Templeton is reality show material (on Templeton’s side). He could be partnered with any MLBbro and would qualify. He is considered the greatest defensive shortstop ever…period.

 

  • 13 Gold Gloves
  • Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
  • Worked himself into a solid switch hitter. After this 1985 playoff walk off homer, the power came from his left side if you ask a Dodgers fan!

 

 

While this duo had multiple chances over their careers to get to the World Series, only Ozzie Smith tasted the champagne. This duo however had a different outcome.

 

Derek Jeter (shortstop) and Charlie Hayes (third base):

 

These two collaborated the strong side of the infield to a World Series title in 1996 ending a championship drought dating back to 1978. Charlie Hayes was very instrumental in the victory with some timely hits throughout. He was also the one that sealed the championship, catching the final out in Game 6…

 

 

It was the only championship of Hayes’ career, but it was only the first of five for MLBbro icon Jeter. 

Derek Jeter Became Yankees Idol 

 

Derek Jeter became the modern-day New York Yankees legend with this MLBbro infield connection. Jeter parlayed this into a Yankees dynasty winning three more in 1998, 1999 and 2000. His final championship for the thumb came in 2009. His stats were impressive, but it is his leadership in the New York spotlight, something not seen since Reggie Jackson and was missing until Aaron Judge, that makes him a legend. 

 

 

It will take some time for the Washington Nationals to catch up with the success of the St. Louis Cardinals of the 1980’s or the New York Yankees of the late 90’s to the 2000s, but the future is now the dynamic left side duo of CJ Abrams and Trey Lipscomb at shortstop and third base.