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Nobody in all of baseball had a better week at the plate than Baltimore Orioles’ center fielder Cedric Mullins.
CM Storm takes the top spot in Week 10 of our #HighFive list and remains hotter than a new stereo system during a blackout.
1. Cedric Mullins
Mullins rocked out in Cleveland this weekend to the tune of a .750 batting average, going 9-for-12 with three home runs, four RBI and five runs scored on his way to earning a feature on Monday’s Homeboi Highlights.
CM Storm has been getting it done all year, and with All-Star voting recently opening up, he has taken his play to another level in hopes of earning one of the three starting outfield positions. In his last seven games, he has an average of .536 with a 1.036 Slugging Percentage, three home runs, nine runs scored and five RBI.
The fleet-footed outfielder’s .323 batting average is sixth place in all of Major League Baseball. His 76 hits lead the American League and are good for third in the Majors. Mullins will look to gain more All-Star momentum and inch closer to a mid-season batting championship during this weekend series in Tampa against the Rays.
He recorded hits in 10 of his last 11 games before going hitless Thursday, which is something he has not done often this year.
J.P. has upped his game on the offensive side of the ball this season. In addition to adding on more weight, he has drastically improved his batting average against left handed pitchers. This season, he is hitting .365 off lefties with eight doubles as opposed to a .242 average in 2020 and a .160 line in 2019.
3. Taijuan Walker
One half of the New York Mets Melanated Mound Marauders sits in the three spot on this week’s High Five list. Taijuan Walker has gotten straight to business since returning from injury May 29th. In his last 34 innings, he has only given up five earned runs.
Walker is going through a stretch where he has allowed no more than one run in five of his last six starts.
Taijuan brought his best stuff to Baltimore on Wednesday as he had one of his best starts of the season. He struck out nine through seven innings, allowing just one run and making one of the plays of the year, stopping a line drive and throwing a runner out at first from the ground.
He sits in sixth in the MLB with a 2.07 ERA leading into his next start Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.
4. Ke’Bryan Hayes
Ke’Bryan Hayes missed two months after suffering a wrist injury at the beginning of the year and since returning to the Pirates’ lineup has wasted no time in reminding us that he is one of the best young players in the game.
Hayes is 9-for-26 with a .346 average, a home run, three RBI and four runs scored.
We as fans have to feel cheated for not getting to watch Ke’Bryan play ball much this season and it’s going to be a treat seeing him get the chance to develop in front of our eyes for a young Pittsburgh team that is in dire need of a spark plug.
5. Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson has been a consistent force for one of the best lineups in baseball through this entire season as he has his White Sox five games ahead of the pack in the American League Central.
During his last seven games, Anderson has a .379 batting average, a .552 Slugging Percentage, a home run and six RBI. His .302 batting average puts him just outside the top 10 in Major League Baseball.
There was a notable absence in the Chicago White Sox lineup on Wednesday and Thursday. Team spark plug, emotional leader, and perennial batting title-contender Tim Anderson has missed the last two games and Chicago has split those games. They were shut out by the Cardinals and defeated the hapless Orioles.
Anderson’s absence was notable as it came after a rare off day for the shortstop Wednesday. With one of the most consistent players on the White Sox missing consecutive games, people started asking questions.
Manager Tony La Russa attributed Anderson’s absence to the typical toll a baseball season takes on a player’s body.
“He’s got a couple of sore spots, so we’re going to get him un-sore. Should be temporary,” La Russa said. “Just general soreness, the way I see it.”
The White Sox later relayed a message from Anderson, who described a bit of thumb soreness in addition to the general soreness and said he expects to return to the lineup Friday. Anderson isn’t a big guy, but he plays with a lion’s heart and he sacrifices his body to enhance the potency of his team on both sides of the ball. Let’s hope he gets the rest he needs to be back on the attack real soon.
With the White Sox leading by just one game in the AL Central, the franchise needs their MVP back in the fold soon. They can withstand a few games with TA, but any extended absence will be damaging to their current standing.
After causing a firestorm with his chastizing of rookie Yermin Mercedes for homering on a 3-0 pitch with the White Sox holding a 15-4 lead over the Minnesota Twins on Monday, La Russa defended comments he made Tuesday night.
He continuously used words like “sportsmanship” and doubled down on the idea he was in agreement with the Twins throwing at Mercedes.
White Sox superstar Tim Anderson doesn’t exactly appear to jell with his new manager’s mindset. He tweeted “don’t see and don’t hear” shortly after La Russa’s latest press conference
Week 7 of the MLB season is in the books and one of the top MLB Bro’s in Major League Baseball has finally answered our questions on whether or not he could step up and return to his MVP type form in the Bronx.
Yankee slugger Aaron Judge claims the top spot in this week’s #HighFive after his performance this week in light of his Twin Tower teammate Giancarlo Stanton being placed on the Injured List.
1. Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge sits at the top of our High Five list this week after batting .385 with four home runs and five RBIs this week. We questioned whether it was foul or fair that the Yankees needed to look into dealing Judge, but he quickly proved us wrong and earned a spot on our Rob Parker’s “Homeboi Highlights” this past Monday.
Judge is tied for third with 12 home runs and he hit at least one home run in all three games of the Yankees sweeping of the Baltimore Orioles including a two-homer game last Friday while winning AL Player of the Week.
Injuries have plagued the Yankees’ plans for a Murderer’s Row lineup. Now, with Aaron Hicks’ availability the rest of the season in question as well, Judge will need to continue to stay hot when he brings his bat back to the Bronx to take on Tim Anderson and the White Sox for a weekend series.
2. Michael Brantley
One of the most underrated hitters in all of baseball takes the number two spot on this week’s High Five list.
The Astros have faced three of their American League West rivals in the past eight games, and Brantley has been teeing off all of them.
Tonight marks José Ramírez's third career game with three doubles. It's the first for the Indians since Michael Brantley on May 3, 2018 against Toronto.
Brantley is batting .314 with four runs and five RBI during that span as his Astros have recorded a 7-2 record. He has been one of the most consistent hitters in all of Major League Baseball throughout his entire career and is earning every penny of the $32 million deal he earned from the Astros this past off season.
3. Jack Flaherty
This week Jack Flaherty moved closer to joining one of the rarest fraternities in all of baseball, Black Aces, after earning two more wins this week raising his major-league lead to eight.
In his last 12 innings, Flaherty has given up two runs on 13 strikeouts while allowing just four hits in each start.
Cardinals win, 8-5, and pick up a game in the division. They are 25-18. Jack Flaherty improves to 8-0 in his first nine starts. The only other Cardinal pitcher to do that in team history? Why, that would be Bob Gibson.
His bat traveled with him from the west coast as he is batting .280 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI this year which leads all Major League second baseman.
In his last three games, Semien is hitting .538 with 6 RBI and two home runs including a three-hit performance Saturday against the Phillies.
5. Tim Anderson
The 2019 batting champion has continued his strong showing at the plate this season as he earns the number five spot on this week’s High Five list.
Tuesday Anderson saw his 12 game hitting streak come to an end. Despite that, he still hit .300 this week including having three multi-hit games. His White Sox are tied for the best record in the American League league despite losing multiple players to injury, including 2020 MVP Jose Abreu.
The former batting champ is still influencing the culture on and off the field.
Anderson’s biggest play this week came off the field when he came to the defense of his teammate Yermin Mercedes who was punished by their manager Tony La Russa for hitting a home run on a 3-0 count during a 15-4 blowout of the Twins.
The game wasn’t over! “Keep doing your thing big Daddy!,” said his Rookie of the Year candidate teammate.
T.A. has shown great leadership both on and off the field this season. With a lot of drama surrounding the South Side, Anderson will continue to be one of the best hitters in baseball.