Two MLB bros from the Nation’s capital have been making headlines with their plate and field performances.
Washington Nationals‘ first baseman Josh Bell takes the top spot in this week’s #HighFive list that also features his longtime teammate Josh Harrison.
1. Josh Bell
The former Pittsburgh Pirate has seen his numbers rise after a slow start to the 2021 season. In his last seven games, Bell is batting .385 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI while slugging .654. Just this past Monday, Bell was featured on our “Home Boi Highlights” segment for his performance last week, when he batted .429.
The former All-Star was traded to the Nationals in December with hopes of him helping to get them back to the World Series. He has worked his way into the three-hole spot in the lineup and in a competitive National League East could be the difference in whether or not they make the playoffs.
2. Marcus Semien
I do not think anyone had a better month of May than Marcus Semien. He leads all of baseball with 35 hits this month after hitting back-to-back home runs with his double play partner Bo Bichette in game 1 of the Blue Jays doubleheader Thursday.
In the last seven games, Semien has hit three home runs, slugged 742, and almost hit for the cycle in last Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
This season Semien is making the statement that he is the best 2nd baseman in baseball. His 13 home runs and 31 RBI lead all second baseman by a wide margin.
3. Josh Harrison
One of the most exciting bros in baseball makes his well-deserved first appearance on our #Hig Five list this season. Josh Harrison hit a huge grand slam last Saturday that had the DMV going crazy. He has 7 hits in his last 21 at-bats while driving in five runs.
Harrison owned the Orioles in their three-game winning series batting .500 to power a clean sweep of their Beltway Series rival.
4. Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge is probably going yard as I write this list because he’s been on fire. As a matter of fact, there it goes, a two-run homer against the Toronto Blue Jays to tie Thursday night’s game at 3-3 and help propel the Yankees to a crucial 5-3 win. Judge executed his role as a stopper to perfection, helping the Yankees salvage the last game of a three-game series.
Aaron Judge is still carrying the Yankees and keeping them alive in a tough #ALEast Division
2-run bomb to tie the game as the Yankees attempt to avoid the doubleheader sweep to @BlueJays
During his recent hot streak Judge has been more than a home run hitter, even walking off for a win, via the base on ball.
In his last seven games entering Thursday, the Fresno State alum was batting .348 and walked four times, which is always good to see from a power hitter. His contact-first philosophy has fueled his elevation towards the Top 10 in American League batting leaders. He doesn’t have any room for regression, especially with Twin Tower and MLB bro teammate Giancarlo Stanton still on the shelf.
5. Kyle Lewis
After missing the beginning of the 2021 season with a leg injury, it has taken last year’s American League Rookie of the Year a few weeks to find his groove. But he’s getting ready to start dancing like Mike soon.
He had both a .400+ OBP and slugging percentage in his last seven games and recorded at least one hit in six of them.
He’s shown flashes of power this season including the bomb he hit on Monday in Oakland. His bat flip only warrants a 7/10 rating and will be looking for him to impress us a little more when he connects on his next one.
The Washington Nationals – powered by MLBbros Josh Bell and Josh Harrison – Beat the New York Yankees 11-4 on Friday night, earning their fourth win in six games.
Bell, the big swinging first baseman Josh Bell got things started for the Nats with a solo blast in the top of the second inning. The 423-foot shot was almost the newest addition to the famed monument park in center field.
With two on, he yoked a fastball over the left field wall that took a one-run lead and grew it to four, as part of a six-run outburst that put the game out of reach.
Harrison walked and scored again in the ninth, finishing the game with a team-high .325 batting average.
The follow through was beautiful. You can’t blame Josh for admiring that work of art.
Even better was the look on the face of Jonathan Loaisiga. He just had to wait for it to land.
Loaisiga must have been confused. He had given up three runs all season, and Harrison gets three of them in one stroke.
More of this baseball. The vibe. The audacity. The unapologetic flex of it all.
Yes, the Yankees had been the story as of late, but Giancarlo Stanton’s hitting streak ended at 12 games, and New York has lost two in a row.
Out of the spotlight, the Nationals have begun to warm up and both Bell and Harrison have been right in the middle of it all.
Bell has been one of the National Leagues’ top power hitters since bursting onto the scene in 2017 with 26 home runs for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he’s starting to feel more welcome in the nation’s capital.
As the first month of this season came to a close, Bell refound the pop in his bat. Over his last seven games, he’s racked up three extra-base hits, with two of those becoming souvenirs.
Another former Pirate, Harrison is on pace for a career year hitting in the two-hole for Washington. He’s gone without picking up a hit only five times in 2021. Harrison has already matched his 2020 home run output and topped his season totals in hits, runs, and walks.
The Nationals are only two games back of the Philadelphia Phillies. They still have a lot of the elements to contend for the playoffs. With Harrison helping to set the table, Bell is going to have plenty of opportunities to eat.
The Black Knights of the Washington Nationals combined to lead them to a 7-2 win over the Miami Marlins Saturday afternoon in the Nation’s Capital.
Yup. It was the MLBbro show on Saturday.
The right side of the Nats infield had a massive day on the banks of the Anacostia River combining to drive in five of the Nationals’ seven runs in a game where the offense began what they hope to resemble how they will play this summer.
They were the catalysts in a five-run fourth inning where the Nationals put the game on ice.
Josh Bell and Josh Harrison sparked the offense in tandem for the first time this season.
However, it was Harrison that gave them the lead for good when he drove in Yan Gomes and despite being thrown out at second they were off from there on Kentucky Derby Saturday.
Bell’s 3 RBI double left no doubt in the fourth that Nats fans would return home smiling.
His shot to right field scored Trea Turner, Yadiel Hernandez, and Kyle Schwarber and basically completed the bludgeoning for the afternoon.
“I feel like both those balls I hit today were kind of off the barrel just a tad bit, but they were lower,” Bell said. “If I can keep balls lower, on a line, around the barrel, that’s when good things happen. That’s when you get your ‘mis-hit’ hits. Hopefully, more of those to come, and then the damage will be there whenever a pitcher makes a mistake.”
After opening the season dealing with injuries and COVID-19, the Nationals have begun to get their full lineup intact. Bell and Harrison have been critical components to their three-game win streak.
The Nats have treaded enough water to stay afloat in the National League East and now find themselves .5 behind the Philadelphia Phillies in second place.
Washington is hoping that Bell continues to recover from his coronavirus-induced hiatus and that his offense spikes a charge to the top of a division which has been a disappointment so far this season.
“We’re in a good place,” Bell said. “No matter who’s on the bump, no matter who’s in the lineup, it seems like we can score runs and keep runs off the board. It’s definitely a cool atmosphere showing up to work every day.”
The Nats are ecstatic to have Bell back to work and if they want to start to separate themselves from the rest of the division than the slugging first baseman has to live up to the back of his baseball card and start mashing consistently.
Five MLB bros were on blast Saturday afternoon when the Washington Nationals and New York Mets went toe-to-toe again at CitiBank Field in Queens.
In the second game of a massive early season, three-game series, Joe Ross met Marcus Stroman on the hill while the Nats put the entire right side of the infield in the hands of Black Knights, Josh Bell and Josh Harrison.
Ross Was Boss
Ross followed his worst start of the season against the Phillies with arguably his best.
Manager Dave Martinez pulled him after 91 pitches and an easy 6 innings of work as DC smashed New York 7-1. The understated righty found the location that was missing in St. Louis earlier last week and put the Mets bats on ice.
It was the perfect rebound performance for Washington after Ross gave up 10 runs in 4 1/3 innings last Monday versus the Cardinals.
This was a solid all-around performance by Ross who also did his thing at the plate with an RBI single in the second inning.
That was an early blow, giving them a 2-0 lead and forcing New York into a standing eight count. His only mistake was a solo HR to Michael Conforto in the fourth. Otherwise Ross was in shutdown mode all afternoon.
Harrison and Bell ignited the Washington offense and they went for the kill early and delivered.
Harrison walked in the first and scored as Starlin Castro drove him in for a first inning lead on a day where he finished 1-for-5 at the plate.
Bell later scored when Castro lined a shot to centerfield and the floodgates were officially open, officially sinking the Mets.
Stro Had No Flow
There wasn’t too much for Stroman to smile about after losing the fight with his location and the Nationals took advantage. They clipped him for a run in the first inning and it was downhill from there for the Mets starter, who was due for a rocky start after being lights out this season for the Mets. Entering Saturday’s start Stro Bro was 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA.
Nationals manager had Stroman’s number and stacked the lineup with lefties.
It was the most unfortunate time for Stroman considering this was the Saturday afternoon game of the week and the national TV audience caught his worst start of the year. The durag was tight but his game wasn’t as he lasted just 4 innings trailing 5-0 after yielding 8 hits and 5 runs.