#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 6)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 6)

If the season was only seven weeks long, Aaron Judge would be the American League’s Most Valuable Player.  He rolled the dice and if things continue to go his way, he will be baseball’s highest-paid player by season’s end.

  For the second time this season, he takes the top spot on our #HighFive List.

  1. Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge has his Yankees off to their best start since 1998 when they went on to win 114 games and swept the San Diego Padres in the World Series.  

Judge, whose 14 home runs lead the Majors, takes the top spot on our #HighFive list once again and deservedly so.  He is leading baseball’s best team in average, on-base percentage, runs, hits and OPS while only trailing fellow MLBbro and #HighFive member Giancarlo Stanton for the team lead in RBI.

“It’s fun with this team,” Judge told reporters after his 4-for-5 with two home run performance on Tuesday.  “We want to play two games a night if we could.”

That was Judge’s third career four-hit game. He now has his average sitting at .306 with 30 runs batted in and an OPS of 1.049 to go along with those 14 homers.

 

 

His Yankees will welcome Tim Anderson and the White Sox into the Bronx for a three-game series this weekend.

2. Hunter Greene

I have seen plenty of heartbreaking moments in baseball over my twenty plus years on Earth, but there are not many I can think of other than the look on Greene’s face after his team allowed no hits and still found a way to take the loss Sunday against Pittsburgh.

No pitcher in the Majors has thrown more pitches in a game than Greene’s 118 on Sunday. If it had not been for a few untimely walks, he may have had a chance to throw a few more.

He struck out a career-high nine batters in the game, but also gave up a career-high five free passes to Pirate hitters, including two in the 8th that led to him being taken out just five outs away from history.

 

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“It would have been great to have a different result,” said Greene in this postgame interview.  “But it is what it is.  This is my team, ride or die with them.”

The Reds are in rebuild mode this season, but one positive I can take away from Greene’s outing was the fact that manager David Bell actually gave him a chance to build strength and confidence for starts farther down the line in his career. Typically, we see young pitchers held back and catered too when they first enter the league, but Greene was ramping up for the day he officially becomes an ace.

On the season, Greene now has a 1-6 record with 44 strikeouts and a 6.21 ERA. His next start will be Saturday in Toronto where he will take on the Blue Jays.

3. Giancarlo Stanton

No visiting player had hit a home run over the new left-field wall in Baltimore’s Camden Yards. That was until Stanton stepped into the box and launched one in the 4th inning of Thursday’s game.

People have been waiting for Stanton to fall off from his hot streak that began last season and has carried into 2022.

He, along with Judge, are Major League Baseball’s current leaders in average exit velocity and both are in the top 6 when it comes to hard-hit percentage.

 

 

A little over a week ago, Stanton had a stretch where he homered five times in five games.  Through his last seven games, Stanton is 12-for-26 with a .462 (emphasis on the .462!) batting average with 13 RBI, a 1.000 slugging percentage, four home runs, a .548 on base percentage all while drawing five walks in the process.

4. Michael Brantley

Michael Brantley has set the tone for the Astros’ lineup during their current hot streak as he leads the team in batting average and on base percentage this season.

Brantley is batting .321 over his last seven games with five RBI, a .504 on base percentage and one home run, which came during Houston’s Monday night massacre of the Boston Red Sox.

His three-run home run was one of five dingers the Astros hit in an inning, making them just the eighth team in Major League history to accomplish the feat.

 

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This weekend, Brantley’s Astros return to H-Town for the Silver Boot Series against Marcus Semien and the Texas Rangers.  If all goes according to the plan, the lefty will matchup against Taylor Hearn Sunday afternoon.

5. Jazz Chislohm Jr.

 

Euro-stepper Jazz Chisholm Jr. is doing everything humanly possible to be the face that represents the Marlins franchise.  

Swag, charisma, skill – the “Bahamian Blur” has brought it all to Loan Depot Park, and now he is putting up the numbers at the plate to make his case.

Chisholm currently leads the team in batting average, home runs, RBI, runs scored, hits, triples, stolen bases, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and on base plus slugging percentage.

 

 

Those are “main event” type numbers that we rarely see a player put up for his team, but we have known since last season Chislohm is different. If he stays on this wave, he has a chance at taking the crown for best second baseman in baseball.

Over his last seven games, Chisholm is batting .286 with two home runs and four RBI. This weekend, he’ll have a chance to take on the reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves.

Giancarlo Stanton Has Finally Won The Hearts Of New York Yankees Fans

Giancarlo Stanton Has Finally Won The Hearts Of New York Yankees Fans

Giancarlo Stanton, one of the most criticized athletes in New York, is looking like an All-Star once again.

 

 

In the Yankees’ 10-4 victory over the White Sox Friday night, Stanton went 2-for-4 with a homerun and two RBI. It was his 10th HR of the season and his third in the last three games.

Before Friday, in Stanton’s previous seven games, he batted .308, with five home runs, 14 RBI, and an .885 slugging percentage with an on-base percentage of .385. For the season, he’s hitting .277, with nine homers, 28 RBI, a .311 OBP, and a slugging percentage of .527.

Stanton made his MLB debut back in 2010 with the then-Florida Marlins and it was a complete success. During his eight years with the Marlins, he batted .268, with an on-base percentage of .360, and a slugging percentage of .554. Giancarlo, who went by Mike back then, was a four-time All-Star, a two-time Silver Slugger winner, a two-time recipient of the Hank Aaron Award, and was named NL MVP after hitting 59 home runs and knocking in 132 RBI in 2017 — his final year with the team.

Stanton was traded to the Yankees in December of 2017 for Starling Castro, Jorge Guzman, and Jose Devers. This was the second time in MLB history that a player who hit at least 50 home runs would be traded the following offseason and it came just three years after he had signed a 13-year, $325 million extension.

Stanton’s first season with the Yankees was not awful by any means. He played in 158 games with a .266 average, 38 home runs, 100 RBI, a .343 OBP and a slugging percentage of .509. However, he drew a lot of criticism due to his 211 strikeouts — the most by a single player in Yankees history.

The 2019 and shortened 2020 season were not successful campaigns in any way. Stanton only played 41 games total due to several injuries. The fans were at the height of discontent with him at that point.

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In 2021, Stanton missed some games due to injury, but not to the extent of 2019. In 2021, he played 139 games, he had 35 home runs and 97 RBI, but ended up striking out 157 times — again averaging more than one strikeout in every game he played in. Stanton has not earned a single honor during his four years in the Bronx.

Thes biggest criticism of Stanton has been his strikeouts. In every season he has played with the Yankees, he averaged more than one strikeout per game.

Yankees fans and media are arguing that his play has not matched the money the team is paying him but what they fail to realize is that this is not just a Stanton problem…

This is a baseball problem.

Baseball has been increasingly valuing the home run, and while home runs have been going up, so have strikeouts. Players around the Majors are essentially going all-or-nothing when up to bat. Expect strikeouts to be more and more common for everyone as long as this trend continues.

The Yankees are one of the best teams in baseball this season. Stanton is a big part of their success and he is definitely off to a great start.

The question is whether or not he can be consistent throughout the entire season, stay healthy, and be one of the best players in baseball… which is what Yankees fans and media were expecting when they traded for him.

#HIGH FIVE | Top MLBbro Players (Week 4)

#HIGH FIVE | Top MLBbro Players (Week 4)

Aaron Judge is continuing his case to be the highest paid player in baseball when this off-season comes around.

He told the media he wouldn’t talk about his contract once the season started but his early season MVP campaign is speaking volumes. He takes the top spot in Week 4 of our #HighFive list after hitting five home runs and carrying the Yankees to an 11-game winning streak.

 

1. Aaron Judge

Funny how the Yankees went on the longest winning streak in the Majors this season after a two-home run game from Aaron Judge a few weeks ago ignited the team.  Since then, Judge, who entered Thursday tied for first in MLB with two other players (nine home runs), has been one of the best players in baseball.

 

 

He was named Rob Parker’s Homeboi Highlight this week after homering in four out of five games and posting a batting average over .400.

In all, Judge has hits in 12 out of his last 14 games and has his Yankees sitting with the best record in the American League East and tied for the best record in the Majors with their crosstown rivals, the Mets.

Judge and the Yankees had their winning streak snapped Wednesday after the home plate umpire decided to call a few strikes that were near his ankles, but despite that Judge has driven in 13 runs, scoring seven, had a .867 slugging percentage with a .333 batting average over his last seven games.

2. J.P. Crawford

J.P. Crawford joined Aaron Judge as the only two MLBbros named to Major League Baseball’s April Team of the Month. He hit .360 with nine RBI and three home runs that were followed by some top-notch bat flips.

 


Crawford currently leads the American League with a .452 on-base percentage and ranks in the top five for both Wins Above Replacement and OPS.

Crawford had his 11-game hitting streak snapped a few days ago, but immediately began a new one the following day going 2-for-4 and scoring a run, in a game that Dusty Baker clinched his 2,000th win as a manager.

Over his last seven games, Crawford is batting .400 with a .600 slugging percentage and five runs scored.  He’s on pace to have a 30-homer season and potentially a Silver Slugger award in his trophy case next to his Gold Glove.

3. Mookie Betts


Like our own Dante Miles said, it was only a matter of time before Betts got out of his early season slump. He’s given Dodger fans a glimpse of what MVP Mookie brings to the table.

He has collected nine hits in his last seven games including two home runs. One come last night against their rival Giants that had one of their fans nearly in tears after he caught it.

Entering Thursday, Betts was tied for the Major League lead with 23 runs scored this season which is a good sign knowing he has yet to reach his full form in the batters box. He is batting .346 with a .577 slugging percentage and three RBI over his last seven games.

 

4. Josiah Gray

 

Josiah Gray went into the Bay and tore it up during his start last Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. Gray bounced back after taking his second loss of the season. He tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in a big way, firing six scoreless innings of one hit baseball.

Gray did not give up a hit through the first 4.2 innings. He was able to keep the Giants off the board despite giving up a season-high four walks. He only struck out three batters, but one came on a nasty slider with the bases loaded to kill what could have been a major rally.

 


Gray earned three wins for the Nationals as he continues to earn his stripes this season.

On the season, Gray has a 3-2 record with 31 strikeouts and a 3.12 ERA.  His next start will be Saturday night under the bright lights of Los Angeles against the Angels.

5. Giancarlo Stanton

Last week he became the seventh-fastest player ever to reach 350 home runs with a first inning bomb against Baltimore.  

Along with making history at the plate, Giancarlo Stanton began the week showing he is no liability in the outfield by making one of the most impressive catches we have seen this season.

 


Monday came around and Stanton made one of the best catches we have seen this entire season when he robbed Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman with a leaping catch at the wall.

Stanton once again leads the league in average exit velocity at 97.4 MPH and has the highest max exit velocity recorded when he hit a 119.8 MPH liner earlier this season has been just as important as Aaron Judge to the Yankees lineup during their most recent hot streak.

Over his last seven games Stanton is batting .321 with two home runs, four RBI and an on-base percentage over .400.

Giancarlo Stanton homered on Saturday, giving him two HRs in the first two games. In all, he has homered in his last six games against Boston, dating back to last postseason.