#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.

 

 

 

Tommy Pham and Corey Julks Are Bringing Energetic Bats and Winning Life To Chicago White Sox

Tommy Pham and Corey Julks Are Bringing Energetic Bats and Winning Life To Chicago White Sox

LOS ANGELES – The Chicago White Sox are in desperate need of some wins, and they believe these two bros can help with that issue.

Over the span of a month, the Sox have added outfielders Tommy Pham and Corey Julks to the team, trying to get a spark and save the season.

Julks wasted no time as he banged his first White Sox homer on Sunday to get them an early lead.

After helping lead the wild card Diamondbacks to the NL Pennant and three games short of the World Series, Pham had been a free agent all winter long, until he signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on April 15th. He had to be added to the roster by April 25th, or he could request his release from the team.

 

Chicago White Sox Winning With Tommy Pham 

 

 

He played four games with their Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte, batting .294, with one RBI and two stolen bases. By April 25th, the South Siders liked what they saw, and brought Pham up to the major league roster.

So far, so good. Pham has made the most of his time in Chicago. Entering Sunday’s 7-2 loss to the Yankees, Pham was batting .346, to go with two home runs and 10 RBI, as well as an .886 OPS in 27 games played. He’s also only struck out 11 times.

 

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Julks on the other hand, had spent all of the 2024 season with the Triple-A of the Astros before being designated for assignment on May 10th. On May 15th, he was traded to Chicago for minor-league right-handed pitcher Luis Rodriguez.

 

Julks was later recalled to the major league roster, making his one and only appearance in the majors on May 17th, in the Bronx versus the Yankees. He was 1-for-4 in that game with two strikeouts.

 

This is only the second season in the bigs for the 28-year-old Texas native. He played 93 games for the Astros, his hometown team, in 2023. He had a respectable .245/.297/.352 slashline, with six home runs, 33 RBI, and managed to steal 15 bags. However, it didn’t move the needle for the Astros enough, as Julks was left off the team’s postseason rosters for both the ALDS and ALCS.

 

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It obviously was not the ending to his Astros tenure that Julks wanted, but the good news is that it’s a fresh start for Julks, and he now has a much stronger chance of getting more playing time in the majors, as there are many spots up for grabs on this rebuilding roster.

 

Chicago White Sox Entering An Extreme Rebuild 

 

The White Sox are currently 14-33, the worst record in all of the MLB. They let former All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson leave for Miami, and outfielder Luis Robert has been on the IL for almost all of the season with a Grade 2 right hip flexor strain, so wins have been tough to come by.

Nevertheless, since April 26th, which was Pham’s first game for the team, they are 11-11. This shows that the team really needed a veteran leader and a player who knows how to win. With the continued leadership and strong play of Pham, and the new addition in Julks, who knows if these two can be catalysts for long term change throughout the organization and make winning much more common for the White Sox.

Top 5 Most Valuable Bros Entering Season’s Second Half

Top 5 Most Valuable Bros Entering Season’s Second Half

PHILADELPHIA – With the All-Star game behind us and the regular season getting deeper and deeper, the question now becomes who are the top five most valuable Bros for the second half of the season?

Which Bros give the most value to their team as far as winning is concerned?

 

1. Aaron Judge

 

After having the season of his life by winning the AL MVP, almost winning the triple crown, and become the AL single-season home run record holder with 62 big fly’s, Judge’s nine-year, $360 million contract that he was paid over the offseason makes him one of the most valuable players in all of baseball in itself.

 

However, with the dominance of the Rays and the surprise of the Orioles, the Yankees season has been a bit underwhelming to say the least. They’re currently fourth in their division and a game out of the last Wild Card spot.

Part of the reason is that Judge has only played in 49 of a possible 92 games this season, as he’s on IL with a right toe injury, which he suffered on June 3rd when making a sensational catch at Dodger stadium, tearing down part of their back wall in the process.

 

It’s not clear at this point when Judge will make a return, but one thing’s for sure, the longer he’s out, the larger the risk the Yankees have of missing the playoffs, which would’ve been unthinkable at the start of the year.

 

2. Mookie Betts

 

We all know that Mookie is a top player in baseball, and he continues to show he is with the season he’s currently having. But with about 70 games left in the year, Mookie must continue to be the top player he is, and has no room to slump.

 

For the past decade, the boys in blue have ran through the NL West. However, this year has been much different, as it’s nowhere near as easy as previous seasons.

The Dodgers aren’t as strong as they’ve been before, and teams like The Diamondbacks and Giants are much better now as well. If Mookie doesn’t continue to be the player he is, then the Dodgers could be in big trouble.

 

3. Corey Julks

 

With Yordan Alvarez still on the IL and Michael Brantley’s return very shaky, and with the Astros having a run for their money on being the best team in their division, Julks instantly becomes more valuable to the defending champs.

 

The Astros are two games behind the Texas Rangers for the AL West, which they’ve won in five of the previous six years. Houston’s been dealing with an unreal amount of injuries, meaning the season could be a lot worse.

The 27-year-old rookie has a .282/.326/.408 slashline, which is tremendous for this being his lone year in the bigs. If he can continue his hot start, he’ll play a huge role in Houston staying afloat, as they should make the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season, whether that’s winning their division or in the Wild Card.

 

4. Hunter Greene

 

Greene is currently on the IL with a right hip injury, and isn’t expected to be back until August. In the 14 games he’s started, he has a 3.93 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings pitched in only his second MLB season.

 

The reason his IL stint becomes so much more of a concern is because, other than being their ace for the next 10 years,  for the first time in a while, the Reds are atop of the division, and are trying to be atop of the NL Central for the first time since 2012. They’re going to need Greene to come back stronger than ever in order to make this dream become a reality.

 

5. Taijuan Walker

 

After being 2 games away from their first World Series since 2008, the Phillies have hopes to get back to October to finish what they’ve started. They’re currently 13 games back in the division, and one and a half a game back from the final NL Wild Card spot.

 

The Phillies signed Walker to a 4-year deal in the offseason, and overall, he’s been terrific. He’s 10-3 on the year, picking up the win in his last six starts. Even though he didn’t start off great, he’s definitely been the Phillies best pitcher in the last month and a half.

The Phillies have a lot of work to do to get back in the playoffs, and with Walker playing the way he is, he makes their chances a lot better.

MLBbro Corey Julks Was Houston Astros First Half Savior

MLBbro Corey Julks Was Houston Astros First Half Savior

LOS ANGELES – After waiting patiently for his opportunity for so long, Corey Julks is making the most of it

 

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With fellow Bro Michael Brantley and Yordan Alvarez on the injured list, the Astros seemed to be in trouble, as they’ve already been chasing the Texas Rangers all season long for the top spot in the AL West.

However, they’re 50-40, only two games back, and are in the second AL Wild Card slot.

Julks’ Arrival Has Helped Houston Overcome Injuries 

Credit can be given everywhere for the position the Astros are in given all the adversity they’ve had to overcome, but a large portion of it has to be given to Julks, who is only a rookie but is filling in as if he’s been a veteran in the show for quite some time.

 

Julks is hitting .300 over his last 30 appearances, but in his last 15 games, he’s been a man on a mission. He has a .396 batting average during the stretch, with no home runs, six RBI, a .458 on-base percentage, and a .472 slugging percentage.

 

He has a slashline of .282/.326/.408 with six home runs, 29 RBI and 15 stolen bases for the entirety of the season. 

 

Julks is from Friendswood, Texas, which is about 30 minutes outside of Houston. He played baseball for the University of Houston and was drafted in the eighth round of the 2017 draft by the Astros, his hometown team.

 

“It’s awesome…growing up wanting to play this game at the highest level but being lucky enough to actually play for my hometown team I mean it’s a dream come true” Julks said when asked about the team he grew up rooting for.

 

Even with the exciting feeling of getting the opportunity to play at home, the road to the show has been anything but easy for the 27-year-old. He started off in Single A ball with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the Low-A New York-Penn League, and continued to climb his way up year in and year out, playing on a total of six minor league teams.

 

In this year’s spring training, Julks was terrific. He had a .275/.318/.550 slashline, and had 12 RBI, which was the most by anyone on the team. It was enough for him to finally get the call, as it was announced on March 28th that Julks long wait was finally over, as he had made the opening roster.

 

It was announced recently by manager Dusty Baker that Brantley has had some setbacks in his shoulder rehab, as it’s unclear when he will return. As the Astros look to make a fifth World Series in seven years, there’s a chance that it will be without Brantley, and that someone needs to take his place. Who better than Julks, the hometown hero, to try and get his team back to the Fall Classic, in what seems to be their toughest season in a very long time.