MLBbro.com is closing in on the final months of the season. some bros got off to really fast starts and have fizzled since the All-star break. Others have taken off and are definitely second half assassins who are impacting the game each night.
The third Splash brother has been on a tear as he looks to contribute to a second championship for the family this fall. Brother Klay already handled his business with the Golden State Warriors.
Thompson is in his second stint with the Dodgers after being traded earlier this season from the Tigers for cash considerations.
Los Angeles called him to the main roster in late June after an injury to Mookie Betts and since then he has left manager Dave Roberts no choice but to leave him in the everyday lineup.
“I have had some moments, but I have not been as consistent as I like,” said Thompson after hitting a three-run homer off of last season’s National League Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes.
“There is a lot more room for improvement in my mind, I just have to stick with it and try to help this team get a win tomorrow.”
In addition to helping his Dodgers earn baseball’s best record, Thompson has been one the best hitters against right-handed pitching.
He is batting over .360 with a .705 OPS and five home runs against righties this season and that OPS against them leads the team. This weekend Thompson and the Dodgers travel to South Beach to take on the Miami Marlins.
Dr. Sticks has taken off the training wheels and stepped into the lane of Ace for Cleveland since the All-Star Break.
In his last seven starts, McKenzie is 3-3 with a 2.42 ERA, 54 strikeouts and only eight walks as his Guardians have claimed the top spot in the American League Central. McKenzie struck out a career high 14 batters in his last start Friday night against the Chicago White Sox.
It was the fifth time he struck out at least 10 batters in a game in his short career as he currently sits just outside the top 10 for the American League lead in strikeouts with 138 entering Thursday’s start the Electric Factory against J.P. Crawford and the playoff hopeful Seattle Mariners.
Michael Harris II
Even with the honeymoon phase for “Money” Michael Harris II coming to end, he continues to prove that playing under the bright lights of the Bigs at the age of 21 is no problem for the Atlanta native.
Harris is batting .301 with four home runs, 13 RBI, eight doubles and four steals during the month of August as he bounced back from a slow July that saw him hit only .222.
Just last week Harris II signed an eight-year $72 million deal that will keep him and other members of the Braves core solidified until 2028.
This contract gives “Money Mike” more cash in his bank account than he would have had just playing his rookie deal out. By the time it ends — or quite possibly much sooner — Harris should get a chance at another pay day on the free agency market.
This season Harris is batting .285 with 13 home runs, 43 RBI and 15 steals as he looks to take home the National League Rookie of the Year award and possibly the first of what could be many Gold Gloves. Money Mike and his Braves take on the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend in a possible National League playoff preview.