#HIGHFIVE | These MLBbros Ended The 2023 MLB Regular Season With A Bang

#HIGHFIVE | These MLBbros Ended The 2023 MLB Regular Season With A Bang

Aaron Judge brought back his record-breaking Mojo from 2022 this week and put on a power display for the ages. He became the first Yankee ever with multiple three home runs games in the same season after hitting three in last Friday’s contest against Arizona to earn himself the top spot on our final #HighFive list of 2023.

 

1. Aaron Judge

This season left us thinking what could have been if Aaron Judge did not injure his toe by running into the outfield wall one Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

Judge had his Yankees in prime position to make the playoffs and was on track to outdo his 2022 MVP campaign before going down.

Over his last seven games he slashed .478/.600/1.261 with 12 RBI, seven walks and five homers including the three versus Arizona with the other two coming in the same game Wednesday night against the Blue Jays.

 

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Judge has 37 home runs which right now would be the second most ever for someone who played in 110 fewer games.  Mark McGuire hit 39 in 104 games in the 1995 season.

He will look to make history during their final series against the Kansas City Royals over the weekend.

 

2. Jordan “Sky” Walker

 

The fourth youngest current player in the Majors put a nice bow on his rookie campaign with strong showing over his last seven games. We have to give a shoutout to Walker for raising his level of play on the defensive side of the ball.

 

 

He was a career third baseman in the Minors, but as the season has progressed, he’s gotten better and better at roaming the outfield. At the plate, Walker has a 13-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 22 of 24 games in September.

 

3. Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien refuses to fade away during the most important time of the year with his Rangers just days away from clinching their first American League West title since 2016.


Both of Semien’s hits in the team’s most recent series came this past Sunday when he launched two home runs in the same game, including his franchise-record 10th leadoff bomb of the year.

In the following series, they would take two of three over the Angels. Semien went a combined 4-for-12 with four runs scored, two RBI, a double and two home runs.


That now puts him at 29 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. If he is able to get to 100, Semien will join Mookie Betts, Ronald Acuna Jr, Charlie Blackmon and Darin Erstad as the only leadoff hitters in MLB history with 100 RBI in a season.

 

4. Josiah “Sway” Gray

All-Star Josiah Gray set the tone for what looks to be a promising 2024 season with a great ending to 2023. Gray shut down the American League East champions and playoff bound Baltimore Orioles in his final start of the year Tuesday night.

 

He took home the loss in what ended up being a 1-0 contest after giving up one earned run in six innings while striking out seven and allowing five hits and walking two. After a tough month of August Gray finished off the year strong posting a 2.95 ERA in September with a .241 BA against and 23 strikeouts in 21.1 innings pitched.

Gray ends his first ever All-Star season with a 3.91 ERA and 22 homers allowed. Last season he had a 5.02 ERA and gave up a league-high 38 homers.

 

5. Devin “The Airbender” Williams

Devin Willams has been the most unhittable pitchers in the Majors this season and anchors the best pitching staff in the Majors. In his first year as the Brewers full-time closer Willams set the bar high for himself with 36 saves, five coming in his last seven appearances.

 

 

Over that span, Williams has given up only one run on two hits while striking out 10 in seven innings. He has not given up a run since September 2nd and has a 1.56 ERA this season. The Brewers have a legitimate chance to make some noise in the playoffs with solid pitching and a loaded bullpen.

 

If they can get the ball in “The Airbenders” hands, especially with a lead late, Milwaukee has a fighter’s chance to capture the National League pennant.

 

#HIGHFIVE | Return Of The Greene Machine, T.A. Is A Closer, Ke’Bryan Hayes Has Arrived

#HIGHFIVE | Return Of The Greene Machine, T.A. Is A Closer, Ke’Bryan Hayes Has Arrived

Hunter Greene “Machine” is the best pitcher in the Majors under the age of 25 and with his Cincinnati Reds in the thick of the playoff race, he performed like an Ace Wednesday afternoon, striking out 14 Twins which is the most in a single start by a Reds pitcher since 2000.

That earns him the top spot on Week 24 of our #HighFive list.

 

1. Hunter Greene “Machine”

 

 


The Reds have a little over a week left to shock the world and earn themselves a trip to the playoff with one of the youngest rosters in the Majors.
If they want to accomplish what most outside of their clubhouse believed they could not do, they need someone to step up and be the Ace of their rotation and Hunter Greene is that dude.

 

In Wednesday afternoon’s contest against the Minnesota Twins, Greene threw seven innings, striking out 14 and allowing just one run on three hits and a walk. Since 1906, Greene is the ninth pitcher in Reds franchise history to strike out 14 in a game.

 

That marked the sixth time in his career Greene K’d at least 10 in a start as he lowered his season ERA to 4.24 and increased his strikeout total to 143 in just 20 games this year.

 

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He also has given up three or less runs for four consecutive starts.

Greene’s next appearance on the mound will be Wednesday in an interstate matchup against the Guardians in Cleveland.

 

2. “TA” Tim Anderson

 

 

Tim Anderson is ending his rough 2023 season strong as he reminds folks, he still has the skills that led him to a batting title in 2019.

 

A .444 batting average for Anderson over his last seven games is a far cry from the struggles he faced at the plate this year. He has hit safely in seven straight games and in nine out of 11 since September 8th. The drama around Anderson will continue to circulate this off-season as his White Sox have a $14 million team option that they can pick up on him.

 

If they choose not to, he will enter free agency and do what I think is best for his career, get far, far away from the south side of Chicago.

 

3. Ke’Bryan Hayes

 

By this time next year, Ke’Bryan Hayes has a chance to be considered the best third baseman in the Majors. His play over the last seven games gave us a look at his potential on both sides of the ball.

The soon to be named National League Gold Glove third baseman is slashing .448/.452/.655 with five RBI, a homer and a stolen base.

He is currently fourth amongst Major League third in batting average and 10th in slugging percentage and total hits.

 

4. Marcus Semien


Marcus Semien knows what is at stake for his Rangers and is answering the call with big time performances in what is the closest divisional race since 1969.
Entering Friday, the Rangers, Mariners and Astros are all separated by a half a game with only 10 contests remaining.

Semien, who saw his last playoff race in 2021 end with his Blue Jays missing out on October’s greatest tournament by one game, is doing his part to make sure that is not the result for him in 2023.

He is slashing .320/.452/.560 over his last seven games with eight RBI, five walks and a homer, which was his franchise record 9th leadoff bomb of the year.

 

 

This weekend Semien and his Rangers take on J.P. Crawford and the Seattle Mariners in the final home series of the year for Texas.

 

5. Jordan “Sky” Walker


Jordan “Sky” Walker showed off his clutch gene with the first game-winning home run of his career Saturday afternoon against the Phillies.

Walker has put a ribbon on a successful rookie campaign with a great month of September.

With 10 days left this month, he is batting .302 with four home runs, eight RBI, two doubles and his first career game-winning bomb in the eighth inning last Saturday afternoon.

That game began with a diving catch by Walker to rob the game’s first hitter of extra bases.

 

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He now has hits in eight straight games and four multi-hit games this month.

 

#HIGHFIVE | Better “Late Night” Than Never, Return Of The “Greene Machine”

#HIGHFIVE | Better “Late Night” Than Never, Return Of The “Greene Machine”

“Late Night” Lamonte Wade Jr. made true to his name with two walk-off hits in the Giants’ three-game series against the Guardians this week.

Thanks to Wade, San Francisco has won five of their last six games and enter the weekend just a half game back of the final Wild Card spot, as he takes the top spot in Week 23 of our #HighFive.

 

1. LaMonte Wade Jr.

Numbers do not lie and for San Francisco Giants first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr. they tell the story of how he is one of the most clutch players in the Majors.

 

 

Wade, who hit the first home run of his career four years ago today (September 15th, 2019) hit two walk-offs this week beginning with a 10th inning game-winning single Monday night then a game-winning sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in Wednesday afternoon’s finale.

 

Wade now has a career batting average of .611 when the game is tied in the ninth inning or later, which is one of the highest in the Majors over the last 50 years.

 

Through the first two weeks of September, Wade has hit in eight of nine games for a .400 average, .441 on base percentage, with five RBI and a home run.

 

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His Giants look to take advantage of their competition during a four-game set in Denver this weekend against the Rockies who have one of the worst records in the Majors. 

 

2. Marcus Semien

 

Marcus Semien continued to add to an historic season for himself and the Texas Rangers. Sunday afternoon, Semien hit his 8th leadoff home run of the season, setting a new franchise record by passing former second baseman Ian Kinsler. He would finish that game going 4-for-5 at the plate with his second multi-homer game in four calendar days, three RBI and a stolen base to help drag the Rangers out of a slump that had lingered since the team returned from the All-Star Break.

 

Semien is leading all Major League second baseman in hits, triples, doubles, runs and is second in home runs and RBI.

 

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The Rangers took care of business in hostile territory by winning their series against Toronto this week and now take a flight to Cleveland to face the Guardians as they look to keep their latest hot streak going despite the recent losses of Max Scherzier and Adolis Garcia.

 

3. Hunter Greene “Machine”

 

Major League Baseball’s best flamethrower occupies a spot on the #HighFive list for a second time since returning from a month and a half long stint on the Injured List a few weeks ago. Greene struck out nine in six innings of one-run ball Sunday afternoon against Jordan Walker’s St. Louis Cardinals.

He allowed only one hit and walked four to earn the fourth win of his sophomore campaign.

 

“If you were to ask Hunter he probably would say he was not at his best,” said Reds veteran Joey Votto.  “Still, he only gave up one hit, that is how good he is.”

 

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Cincinnati will need one of their young pitchers to assert themselves as an Ace down the stretch and through their first playoff run since 2020. Greene is the perfect guy for the job, but for him, his best ability will be his availability. His next start will be under the bright lights of New York against the Mets Friday night. 

 

4. Tommy Pham “Bam”

 

Last season Tommy Pham made headlines with the “Slap heard around the world” after his disagreement with Joc Peterson over fantasy football. Now when you mention his name, it’s in the conversation concerning the best trade deadline acquisition any team had.

 

Since joining the D-Backs, Pham has fit into their puzzle perfectly. Penciling his right-handed power bat third in the order has given a young Diamondbacks lineup a dose of depth and versatility.

 

 

This week Pham got his vengeance against the Mets, the team who traded him earlier this season. In the first three games of the series, he was 5-for-12 with a home run, two RBI and two steals. Pham is hitting .333 with three home runs, three stolen bases, six RBI and has a .700 slugging percentage over his last seven games.

 

5. Josh Naylor

 

Injuries derailed what was shaping up to be Josh Naylor’s best year of his career, but he got back to his pre–All-Star Break form to take the final spot on our #HighFive list after putting up some impressive numbers this week.

 

On Monday night, Naylor drove his 17th Bro bomb of the season deep into the San Francisco night sky and into the waters of McCovey Cove. Those were just two of his 88 RBI; a number that would be higher had it not been for him missing the entire month of August with injury.

 

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Those total ranks him fifth amongst all Major League first baseman. Over his last seven games Naylor has a .320 batting average with two steals, eight RBI, two home runs, three walks and four runs scored. The time is now or never if the Guardians want to earn themselves a playoff spot.

They enter the weekend 7.5 games behind the Twins for the final playoff spot.

#HIGHFIVE | Another Week, Another Edition From The MLBbro Flow Commission

#HIGHFIVE | Another Week, Another Edition From The MLBbro Flow Commission

Jordan “Sky” Walker put on a show this week in the first series he played in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

The Cardinals rookie highlighted it with a home run over the head of his childhood best friend “Money” Michael Harris to earn him the top spot in Week 22 of our #HighFive list.

 

1. Jordan “Sky” Walker

Jordan Walker had his family going crazy in the stands in support of him during the St. Louis’s series against the Braves this week which featured three of the top young MLBbro players in the Majors in Walker, Masyn Winn and “Money” Michael Harris.

 

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“I am an English teacher and I am still at a loss for words,” said Jordan’s mother Katrina, father Derek and Grandma Dearee after watching their son play in the same stadium they took him to watch games as a kid.

“It is something you can never imagine.  You just hope your kids find their passion and do it at the highest level.”

 

In his second at-bat of game one, Walker demolished a ball over the right centerfield wall for his 15th home run of his rookie campaign.

Walker has settled in nicely down the stretch this season after an up and down beginning to his Major League career.

 

 

It started with him fighting for a roster spot in Spring Training, then tying the longest ever hitting streak to begin a career, to dark days after being demoted to the Minors and told to change his swing, to now hitting .513 with four home runs, nine RBI and a 1.074 OPS over his last seven games.

In all 2023 was a solid year for Walker and he will look to close out the final month even stronger.  

He entered Thursday slashing .278/.343/.807 on the season with 15 home runs and 40 RBI.

 

2. Jazz Chishom Jr. “Bahamian Blur”

The “Bahamian Blur” Jazz Chisholm Jr. has been euro-stepping and Bro bombing this last week to help lead the Marlins to a six-game winning streak and the final National League Wild Card spot with just over three weeks left.

 

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People need to put more respect on the 2023 MLB The Show cover boy and the only Bahamian athlete to ever grace the cover of a video game.

In the first two games of their series against the National League West leading Dodgers, Chisholm recorded multiple hits and a home run in each matchup.

In his last seven games, he is batting .355 with three home runs, nine RBI and two steals for a Marlins team that placed their biggest slugger, Jorge Soler on the Injured List Wednesday.

 

Chisholm also hosted his first ever fashion show last week for his charity, the Jazz Chisholm Foundation where himself as well as teammates Josh Bell, Jake Burger and members of the Miami Dolphins walked the runway.

 

3. J.P. Crawford

J.P. Crawford is leaving questions of his lack of ability at the plate in the dust as he begins to enter the conversation for best all-around shortstops in the Majors.

 

 

He was given the honor of being named Rob Parker’s Homeboi Highlights for his performance over the weekend against the New York Mets where he had two home runs, including a leadoff shot Friday night and a 3-for-4 game where he scored three times and homered as well.

Among all Major League shortstops, Crawford ranks 7th in batting average, 2nd in on base percentage, third in OPS and 8th in slugging percentage.

 

4. Royce Lewis

Since returning from injury in the middle of August, 2017 first overall pick Royce Lewis has been one of the best players in the Majors as he claims a spot on our #HighFive List for the second week in a row.

 

Lewis, who is slashing .375/.444./.625 with two home runs, two steals and 10 RBI in September has hits in eight of his last 10 games has produced three multi-hit games during that span including back-to-back three hit outings against the Rangers and Guardians.

 

 

The Twins come into the weekend with a six game lead over the Guardians in the American League Central and will welcome the Mets into Target Field for a three-game set.

 

5. Hunter Greene

Hunter Greene takes the fifth and final spot on our #HighFive List after going 5.1 innings allowing only an unearned run and striking out six against the San Francisco Giants who are neck-and-neck with Cincinnati in the race for the final National League Wild Card spot.

That was Greene’s third start since returning from a hip injury and getting over the effects of a COVID outbreak in the Reds locker room.

Although they currently sit a half a game out of the third and final Wild Card spot, the addition of Greene back to their rotation will give a boost to a young exciting team that is playing with house money this year.

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#HIGHFIVE | Mookie Betts Is Two Homers From Becoming First Leadoff Hitter In History To Smash 40 Bro Bombs

#HIGHFIVE | Mookie Betts Is Two Homers From Becoming First Leadoff Hitter In History To Smash 40 Bro Bombs

Mookie Betts’ scoring month of August has him in prime position to compete for the National League MVP award and becoming the only player besides Frank Robinson to win the award in both leagues.

That earns the most versatile player in the Majors the top spot on our Week 20 #HighFive List.

1. Mookie Betts

 

Mookie Betts probably never wants August to end.

 

He had the single best month of his career, posting a .454 batting average which is the second highest for any Dodger in a calendar month, trailing only former MLBbro Willie Davis who hit .459 in August of 1969.

 

Betts hit his career-best 37th home and 38th home runs of the season on Thursday night against the Atlanta Braves and now enters September just two bro bombs away from becoming the first leadoff hitter in MLB history to hit 40 home runs in a season.

This weekend Betts’ Dodgers take on the Braves in a heavyweight bout against the Atlanta Braves.

 

2. D.J. Stewart

 


August 30, 2023 will go down in Mets history as the “D.J. Stewart game.”

 

On the offensive side, he had his first career multi-home run game and added four RBI including a game-winning walk-off hit by pitch courtesy of flame thrower Aroldis Chapman.

 

Defensively, he also robbed Marcus Semien of a go-ahead hit with a game-saving catch at the right center field wall. Stewart is the first Met since 2016 with eight homers in a 13-game span and is slashing .360/.429./840 with three home runs and six RBI over his last seven games.

 

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3. Ke’Bryan Hayes

 

 

Major League Baseball should be aware that if Ke’Bryan Hayes is able to continue hitting like he is now, he will be near the top of the list for best N.L. third baseman next season.

 

 

Hayes, the highest paid player in Pittsburgh Pirates franchise history, has all but wrapped up the National League Gold Glove for third baseman and is hitting over .400 in his last seven games with three home runs, one being a go-ahead game-winning two-run bomb in the 8th inning against the Royals earlier this week.

 

Hayes and his Pirates will matchup with Jordan Walker and Masyn Winn’s St.Louis Cardinals in what will hopefully become a great rivalry in the National League Central.

 

 

4. J.P. Crawford

 

 

The Mariners resurgence from 10 games back to first place in the American League West in September could not have been done without the efforts of J.P. Crawford. After missing a few weeks with a concussion, Crawford returned with vengeance. He is hitting .346 with a .485 on base percentage over his last seven games with two home runs, five RBI and a stolen base.

 

 

Wednesday night Crawford came up big in a crucial spot for Seattle who entered the day in a three-way tie for first in their division. With the bases loaded and trailing by one, Crawford lined a single to left to score two for the go-ahead runs in what would be a 5-4 win.

 

5. Royce Lewis

 

The 2017 first overall pick makes his #HighFive debut after becoming the first Twins player to hit grand slams in back-to-back games this week.

With the Twins down 5-0 in the 6th, Lewis blasted a grand slam to the center field grass off Chris Stratton.

 

 

Then Monday, he committed a bro-on-bro crime with another slam, this one coming off MLBbro pitcher Xzavion Curry of the Cleveland Guardians.

In total, Lewis would make it three straight games with a home run on Tuesday and over his last seven games he has hit four while driving in 10 runs with a .286 average.