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Baltimore Orioles centerfielder Cedric Mullins has been one of the surprises of this MLB season. The former bunt master has expanded his game at the plate and is among league leaders in batting average, hits and OPS. He’s been the most consistent of the MLBbros this season and deserves a spot on the 2021 AL All-Star team, despite his Orioles’ last-place standing in a tough AL East.
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Jacob deGrom is having an incredible season and threatening Bob Gibson’s all-time (modern era) ERA record for starters, set in 1968, which is also referred to as “The Year of the Pitcher.”
The numbers look great, but his total body of work falls well short of Gooden and Gibson’s historic seasons. MLBbro.com’s David Grubb offers some perspective.
This guy Nick Gordon can play some baseball, the Twins have a talented player and should keep him around
In his first MLB season, Gordon is starting to make a name for himself. Recently, the Minnesota Twins outfielder has seen more of the field due to the injury of Byron Buxton.
When your name is called, you want to make sure you deliver and Gordon has done that multiple times this season.
Gordon has had an impressive June so far. He started the month with a four-game hitting streak. During that streak, he hit .437 with two runs scored, two RBI, and a home run.
He had his best game of the season during that streak as well. On June 4, the Twins took on the Kansas City Royals and Gordon was one of the best players on the field that night.
Gordon went 3-for-4 and hit his first home run of the season. Heightening the moment was the fact that his father (former MLB pitcher, Tom “Flash” Gordon) was there to witness his performance.
First career homer? ✔️
First career three-hit night? ✔️
With Dad in the crowd watching? ✔️
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) June 5, 2021
While his father was in attendance, all Nick could focus on was the game.
“I actually didn’t see him,” he told MLB.com. “I didn’t see him the entire game. I’m not really sure where he was sitting at. That’s usually not too hard to find. I usually find him. But I was kind of focused today. Kind of got on the field and really didn’t look up too much.”
Tom Gordon was excited to have the opportunity to watch his son play in an MLB game and it certainly won’t be the last time he attends a game.
“I want every ball he hits out of the park,” Tom Gordon said. “I want every ball to be hit hard. He sure better not make an error, because then I’m fussing about that. I think that comes with it. As much as I love it, I appreciate it.
“At the same time, I appreciate how much his teammates and friends and family, everybody that’s here, love him.”
When Nick hit his first home run, he didn’t know if it was going to go out or not. One thing he did know was that he got a good swing on the ball.
Hitting your first major league home run is a tremendous accomplishment, and it only took Gordon five games to hit his first.
“I wasn’t expecting to hit a homer,” he said. “I definitely didn’t off the bat think it was going to go that far. I just thought I got it pretty good and I looked up and it was gone. It felt pretty good.”
The 25-year-old has definitely given the Twins’ coaching staff multiple reasons to keep him in the lineup.
Speed kills, and for Nick, it works to his advantage. On the base path, he’s definitely a threat and can cause problems for defenses. He has five stolen bases on the season and that number will continue to increase as the season progresses.
The Twins can utilize him in the infield and outfield, and with his legs, he can track balls down in the outfield and take away hits.
If he keeps playing the way he has been playing this month, he will continue to see the field and have opportunities to become a player the Twins can use on a consistent basis.