While the first half of the MLB season can seem to drag, the second half is where we really get some quality baseball.
Teams across the league will be making deals up to the trade deadline to strengthen their clubs for a pennant race, and for the MLBbros mentioned below, the remaining games have a lot more riding on them; the postseason.
Betts has been on fire in his last four games. After a perfect 4-for-4 night against Colorado on Saturday, Mookie has 12 hits in his last 16 at bats (.750 BA).
He’s raised his season average from .247 on July 4th to .271 and the second half of the season is looking like a monster mash for Mookie.
That’s good news for the Dodgers who sit one game behind San Francisco in the NL West division, with the Uber talented Padres sitting in the cut, 4.5 games behind LA and ready to make a run.
Dodgers’ fans held their collective breaths when Betts announced he wouldn’t be participating in this year’s All-Star game, but the superstar quickly put all worry to rest.
“There’s no break in baseball, so this is the only time I can really get a break of more than a day,” Betts said.” I just want to use it to the best that I can. I would love to be in the All-Star Game, but I think we all know the goal is to win a World Series.”
That last sentence is exactly what you want to hear from your superstar.
The fact that he’s having a down year by his standards probably played into his decision-making as well. This has been a rough start to 2021 for Mookie on many different levels.
I’m expecting Mookie to take his game to another level and send this team right back to the top of the West.
The Chicago White Sox have lived up to the offseason hype and Anderson is a major reason why.
The White Sox have continued to dominate their AL Central counterparts, despite major injuries to Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert and other key players.
With the All–Star and 2019 batting champ at the top of the lineup, the White Sox have been able to maintain the 4th–best run differential in baseball, but will need even more if the want to beat powerhouses like Houston and Los Angeles.
Walker’s two-year, $20 million deal (with a third year team–option for $6 million) has turned into the steal of 2021 free agency, and the Mets have every reason to believe things will continue to get better.
Reds left-hander Wade Miley tossed a no-hitter against Cleveland at Progressive Field on Friday night. There have already been four no-hitters thrown in the first 30 or so games of the MLB season. Strikeouts are up and batting averages are down across the league, with some elite MLB Bros such as Mookie Betts struggling at the plate.
The Mariners have kept the ship afloat without him, but with Kyle Lewis back from a deep knee bruise that kept him off the field for the first 17 games of the season, they look to take the American League West crown and run with it.
The city of Seattle is one of the best baseball towns in America. Its fans are no different than the 12’s who spend falls at Seahawks games or the ones who inhabited the SuperSonics arena years ago.
They are being treated to an excellent brand of baseball on the field. Great pitching, great hitting and all across the diamond, spectacular plays are made on a daily basis. And it’s being done by some of the best young talent in baseball.
On Tuesday, the best apple out of that bunch made his 2021 debut. Lewis saw his name in the lineup for the first time in 2021, as he went 0-3 with a walk, in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers.
The 25-year-old Black Knight hopes to pick up where he left off in 2020 when he became the second rookie in Major League history to lead a team in batting, home runs, run scored, and walks, joining Mark McGwire who did it in 1987 with the Oakland Athletics. He also was tied for the rookie lead in home runs while leading in walks and runs during the 60-game season.
Lewis is no stranger to hardware as he’s filled his trophy case in the last half-decade, en route to becoming a premier center fielder in the game. He won Baseball America’s 2016 College Player of the Year as well as the 2016 Golden Spikes Award to go along with the Southern Conference Player of the Year before being drafted by Seattle in 2016.
He hit the ground running once he arrived in the league. In his debut on September 10th of 2019, Lewis cranked a home run off 2020 Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer. He also homered in the next two games, joining Trevor Story as the only players to hit home runs in the first three games of their career.
While Lewis was on the Injured list, the Mariners called up outfielder Taylor Trammell a bit earlier than expected. The rookie is adjusting to MLB pitching and will get to roam the grass at T Mobile Park, alongside Lewis for years to come.
On Monday night he had his first career game-winning, extra-base hit in a 4-3 victory over the World Series champion Dodgers.
The Mariners’ 11 wins have them currently tied with the Red Sox for first place in the American League. They are one of the early surprises as they sit in first place in the AL West without the services of their best player.
As Lewis gets reacclimated to the game, a strong sophomore season can provide the final push the Mariners need to go from pretenders to contenders.
Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dusty Baker of the Houston Astros are the only two managers of African American descent in Major League Baseball.
Both men are leading their clubhouses and have their squads tied for most wins in the league.
The controversial 5-2 Astros came out the gates on fire, winning four in a row, but winning doesn’t permanently erase the past, as opposing fans find a vindictive joy in jeering the Astros because of their World Series cheating scandal, which was uncovered prior to the 2020 season.
The Astros hired Dusty after firing their manager A.J. Hinch who oversaw the cheating scandal. After a one year suspension, Hinch landed plushly at the helm of the Detroit Tigers. He was able to exit Houston and avoid the backlash that current manager Dusty Baker has to deal with, but Dusty’s experience, unrivaled leadership ability, and winning pedigree is why the Astros hired him in the midst of such a scandal.
He isn’t the 14th-ranked manager on the all-time MLB wins list for nothing. During the season opener in Oakland, fans booed the Astros during intros. During the sixth inning of Monday’s matchup against the Angels, fans took it up a notch by launching an inflatable trash can onto the warning track.
The blatant shenanigans was a dig at the team who infamously banged on cans to tip off opponents’ pitches during the 2019 playoffs. Moments later, fans hurled an actual trash can filled with bottles onto the field to make matters worse.
Baker informed the media of his frustrations with the fans and said that the parents were setting a terrible example for the younger generation.
He told the New York Post, “You can tell the amount of hostility and hatred in the stands.” He added, “We paid the price for it. It’s easy to live in a glasshouse, but I don’t think anybody lives in glass houses. I think sometimes we need to look at ourselves before we spew hate on somebody else.”
Baker, a man known for overcoming obstacles throughout his baseball career, is game for what’s coming his team’s way, and so are the fans.
On the other hand, manager Dave Roberts and his 6-2 Dodgers are cooking with fish grease. The World Champs torched clubs during a five-game winning streak, before eventually falling to the Oakland Athletics in extras.
After overcoming recent playoff letdowns, Roberts captured his first World Series championship last season, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in six games (4-2).
With the victory, he became the first manager of color to win the c’hip since Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston went back to back like Jordan and the Bulls in 1992 and 1993.
Although both managers made history last season, by reaching the championship series, Baker’s Astros fell to the Rays in a grueling 7-game ALCS.
If it weren’t for the pesky Rays defeating the Astros in seven games, Baker and Roberts would have had the first All-Black managerial World Series in baseball history, sparking the interest of Black and brown kids across the nation. Watching the journey of these two former players culminate in a World Series showdown would be a huge win for Black baseball.