These MLBbros Need To Step It Up In The Second Half Of MLB Season

These MLBbros Need To Step It Up In The Second Half Of MLB Season

With the All-Star break here, we have officially hit the halfway point of the season; meaning that the playoff race is getting ready to commence. 

Here are four MLBbros who need to step up and improve their play in the second half of the season (post-All-Star Game), in order to help their respective teams reach the promised land.


1. Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts and his Los Angeles Dodgers are in the midst of one of the toughest division races in the history of baseball.  The National League West is home to the three best records in the National League and whichever two teams do not win the pennant will have to face off in a one-game playoff ( where anything can happen).



Betts played well enough to be voted on as an All-Star this season, but we have not seen the usual MVP-type numbers for him.  His average sits at .249 with 37 RBI and 12 home runs.  Despite that, he is still doing a good job with getting on base as he is fourth for all Right Fielders in walks and has a .819 OPS.

After hitting a grand slam in the Dodgers 22-run performance Saturday night and then following that with a home run Sunday, Betts may be a step ahead of us as he is already heating up right before our eyes.



Betts was slated to be the only MLBbro on the National League All-Star team, but he will be skipping out on the game in order to have his body ready for the stretch run.



2. Josh Bell

Whenever we get back to playing baseball next weekend, Josh Bell and the Washington Nationals are going to immediately be in must-win mode in order to determine whether they will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. 



Bell has been better during the month of July.  He is hitting .314 with three doubles and five RBI, which have all come within his last seven games.  Since May 13, he has hit nine home runs and driven in 32 runs.

The Nationals have been dealing with injuries throughout this entire season, mostly coming in their pitching staff but recently those problems have spread to the lineup so Bell will need to be a constant force as they trail the Mets in the standings by five and a half games.



3. Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. has always been without question one of the best defensive outfielders in the game but his hitting has been lacking this season, and he will need to turn it around quickly to secure a spot in the Brewers’ lineup.  



Bradley only has two hits in his last 25 at-bats and is only batting .167 for the season with a .252 on base percentage.  That will not get it done in the playoffs!  Especially for a Brewers team that has one of the best starting rotations in baseball yet sits 29th in total batting average as a team.  

The Brewers have a trio of MLBbro outfielders including Lorenzo Cain who recently began a rehab assignment and Tyrone Taylor who recently snapped his streak of 20 games without a home run.  One of those three is likely to be the odd man out whenever Cain returns to their squad.



4. Amir Garrett

Amir Garrett began the season as the Reds projected closer but he did not start the way he wanted to, like many members of their bullpen, whose 5.21 ERA is the third highest in all of baseball. 



Garrett blew a few saves and even blew a gasket in a game against the Cubs that led him to be suspended, but over the last three weeks, he has righted the ship and been one of the better relievers in the Majors. 

He has not given up a run since June 17, and has struck out 12 batters and walked only four during that span.

The Reds have the best chance to catch the Brewers for the National League Central crown, but if they cannot close out games and hold leads there is no way they will hoist the World Series trophy this Fall.

Marcus Semien & Aaron Judge |  Two MLBbro All-Star Starters

Marcus Semien & Aaron Judge | Two MLBbro All-Star Starters

Two MLBbro’s from the American League East were selected as All-Star starters last night. 

Marcus Semien got more love in Canada than a Drake album release.

This will be his first ever All Star game as he will start at second base for the American League.



Semien ascends to his first All-star selection, after moving from shortstop to second base upon arriving in Canada to accommodate Bo Bichette.

He spent the past six seasons flashing a formidable glove for the Oakland A’s. 

The 30-year-old is batting .291 with 52 RBI a .904 OPS and hit his 20th home run of the season in the final game of their series against Seattle Thursday. 

He finished with 54% of the first place votes.



New York showed Aaron Judge mad love and he proved how popular his brand is when he is healthy by garnering the second-highest vote total among American League outfielders. This is his third straight year starting the game. 

The Yankees slugger has been a bright spot in a season that has fell short of expectations for the Yankees so far.  While other high-priced ballers have struggled mightily, Judge has been the model of consistency and the rock in an underperforming lineup. 

Judge is batting .285 with 18 home runs and 42 RBI.



Judge is also a former Home Run Derby Champion, so his presence at All-Star festivities is always a good look for MLB.

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Byron Buxton who is out with a fractured left hand just missed the top three and most likely, would have easily made the Top 3 if he could have participated in more games.

Cedric Mullins of the Baltimore Orioles and MLB batting average leader Michael Brantley of the Houston Astros were very deserving, but also didn’t make the cut.

However, with other outfield starter Mike Trout hurt one of those two will likely get the start. Two MLBbro starters in a three-man outfield would be a huge deal.  


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The remaining All Stars will be announced this Sunday.