Tuesday night Aaron Judge took over the lead for the Triple Crown and now leads the American League in home runs, runs, RBI, on base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, extra base hits, WAR, total bases and walks. He also has a career high 16 stolen bases which is the one of slight few offensive categories Judge does not lead in. That spot is owned by Baltimore Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins.
This month Harris leads the Braves in average, hits and RBI.
It was not until “Money Mike” was called up that the Braves climbed over .500 and got in striking distance of the New York Mets.
Harris leads all rookies in batting average at .305 and has hit 18 home runs while stealing 18 bases.
Mookie Betts (Silver Slugger)
Mookie Betts should be taking home his 5th career Silver Slugger award this season as he has been the main catalyst for the best team in baseball. Betts has a career high 34 home runs and counting this season. He leads all National League right fielders in RBI, slugging percentage, OPS, runs, doubles and walks.
(@mookiebetts) Mookie Betts With Message From The 2022 All-Star Game: “We Need More Black People In The Stadium”#MLBbro content reporter @_teammill gets this interview.
Betts is only batting .148 this month and with his Dodgers comfortably ahead in the race for the Major Leagues best record, the health of him going into October is more important than any statistic.
Cedric Mullins/ Marcus Semien (Gold Glove)
Both Cedric Mullins and Marcus Semien are up for a chance to win American League Gold Gloves in back-to-back seasons. No second baseman in the Majors has more putouts or assists this year than Semien and it really is not close.
He added to those numbers Tuesday night when he was in the middle of the second Triple Play by the Rangers this season. With just a few weeks left this year, Semien has a chance to cut his errors down from eight last season to just six, a new career low for him at the second base bag.
Cedric Mullins has been perfect in center field this year as he is one of just a few players who have yet to commit an error. His eight assists are a career high.
Earning Gold again would put Mullin’s name where it should be, amongst the best in the Majors. He will get a chance to prove he can play with the best in the world during next year’s World Baseball Classic where he should get the start in center.
As the All-Star break approaches, two AL teams, the Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles are scorching hot, each with double-digit winning streaks. Wouldn’t you know, there’s an MLBbro at the helm of each of these winning streaks… JP Crawford and Cedric Mullins.
In the O’s winning streak, Mullins is batting .307, with one home run and six RBI. He has an on-base percentage of .386 and a slugging percentage of .487 during that span.
Crawford has a batting average of .292, hitting no home runs and five RBI. His on-base percentage during this stretch is .333, to go with a .366 slugging percentage. He has only struck out twice during the M’s 11-game winning streak.
Baltimore has been in a rebuild for at least the past four years, basically waving the white flag when they traded away their superstar third baseman Manny Machado back in 2018 to the LA Dodgers. Ever since the trade, there have been very limited bright spots for Orioles fans to look forward to. Mullins has been one.
Mullins was drafted in the 13th round of the 2015 draft, and made his big league debut in 2018. In 2021, despite Baltimore tying for the worst record in Baseball, he had a career year, batting .291, with 30 home runs, 59 RBI, to go with an on-base percentage of .360 and a slugging percentage of .568. In addition to winning the Silver Slugger award, he ended up being the only Oriole to make the All-Star team in a year in which he became the first Oriole in franchise history to be a part of the 30-30 club, having stolen 30 bases in 2021 as well.
“I think he’s just getting better and better… how far he has come defensively from my first year in 2019 is unbelievable” said Brandon Hyde, the Orioles manager. Hyde wants fans to realize he is a great defensive player as well, emphasizing that he’s not just good with the bat, but an elite all-around player.
Crawford, who was a first round pick in 2013 by the Philadelphia Phillies, had made serious improvements to his game on the offensive side. In 2017 and 2018, his first two seasons in the pros, he batted .214 in each year. When he was dealt to the Mariners in 2019, the change of scenery changed everything. He has improved his batting average every single year, peaking in 2021, having a batting average of .273. He also has done well on the defensive side, as he ended up winning a Gold Glove in the 2020 campaign.
Crawford signed a 51 million dollar extension earlier this year, as he is seen as Seattle’s shortstop for the foreseeable future. “He’s (Crawford) an incredibly competitive player who has become an integral part of our team, both on the field and in the clubhouse” said general manager and president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto.
The Mariners are currently in the AL Wildcard, with the Orioles only being one and a half games back of the final slot. The Mariners have not made the playoffs in 20 years, and the Orioles have been arguably the worst team in baseball of the last half decade. This season has huge potential to be stepping stones in the right direction for both franchises, and Crawford and Mullins will play huge roles to possibly write a new page in their respective franchises histories.
Despite being no-hit by a Houston Astros’ three-pitcher combination in a 3-0 loss on Saturday, the Yankees are still the hottest team in the Majors and MLBbro Aaron Judge is the brightest light in their lineup.
As the summer rolls on and the days get hotter, so do the New York Yankees, and slugger Aaron Judge. The Yankees remain the top team in baseball as we approach the
halfway point of the season. There are several factors that we can point to for the
Yankees’’ success such as elite starting pitching and a high-octane offense. The Yankees
are amongst the Major League leaders in runs scored and runs allowed proving their two way
dominance. But the most crucial ingredient to their success, is the same one that was key to them
coming in, and that is the dominance of their franchise player, Aaron Judge.
There was much talk about the status of Judge coming into the season, and many
wondered if this would be a distraction. The New York media is notoriously ruthless and known
for making big stars crumble under pressure. Not only has Judge answered the call, but he has
exceeded expectations. Brian Cashman and the Yankees more than likely find themselves having
to empty their pocketbooks to re-sign Judge with the type of success he is having. He has put not
only the Yankees and their fans on notice, but the entire league that he is one of the nest and
intends to be paid as such.
Judge is almost a foregone conclusion as a starter in this year’s All-Star Game. Last week
Judge reportedly opted out of the annual Home Run Derby. “Nope, I already did that” Judge told
the New York Post. Although fans will be disappointed one of the most dangerous and powerful
hitters in the game won’t be participating, this shows his commitment to bigger and loftier goals.
At this current pace, Judge will earn possibly an MVP award, Silver Slugger, Hank Aaron
Award, All-Star recognition, and also has a realistic chance at huge playoff success with the way
his team has steamrolled through competition. He is laser focused and driven by his
determination to prove his pre-season doubters wrong.
Judge is having the best year of his already amazing career. Judge is hitting over .300 and
leads the league in home runs by a considerable margin. Not only is he contributing at the plate
but he is playing quality defense. This is noteworthy as he has spent much time in centerfield
this year. The dominance of Judge is igniting the team to new heights and they look ready to be a
formidable contender for a deep playoff run that Bronx fans hope will result in extending their
league leading World Series championship amount to 28. This would not only cap off a great
year for the Yankees, but cement MLBbro Aaron Judge in history as another Yankee great.