#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 13)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 13)

Cedric Mullins of the Baltimore Orioles has been one of the most underrated players in the Majors this season, but during Week 13, he finally got the recognition he deserved.

Mullins was named an All Star finalist for the American League outfield and celebrated by posting a .444 average over his last seven games with a three game sweep of the first place Houston Astros.

For his accomplishments, the Orioles outfielder takes the top spot on this week’s #HighFive list.

1. Cedric “CM STORM”  Mullins

 

Cedric Mullins was one of six MLBbros to be named a finalist to start in the 2021 All Star game in Denver, Colorado.

Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley and NY Yankees slugger Aaron Judge were also finalists for the three American League spots as well as Byron Buxton who is injured.

 

 

After having back-to-back games with two home runs during Week 12, Mullins showed off the speed faze of his game this week.

He stole three bases, scored five runs and hit three doubles on his way to a .444 batting average and a .667 slugging percentage.

Mullins led off Tuesday’s game with a home run on the second pitch of the game.

That night he was 4-for-5 with a home run, double, two RBI and a walk as his Orioles crushed the Astros 13-3 on their way to sweeping the three-game set.

 

 

Mullins is fourth in the league in total hits and eighth in batting average.  He travels to the sunshine state this weekend for a series against J-Up and the Los Angeles Angels.

 

2. Trent Grisham

 

For bringing Slam Diego to the city of Cincinnati, Trent Grisham takes the No.2 spot on this week’s #HighFive.

Wednesday night’s game only lasted six innings after it was cut short due to rain,  yet Grisham still managed to hit two home runs including a grand slam in the 5th inning to give his Padres a 7-5 lead.

 

 

Over the past week, Grisham is batting .391 with a crazy .870 slugging percentage.

He also hit three doubles in Sunday’s 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Grisham has been an important piece in one of the most exciting lineups in baseball this season.

He is batting .281 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI.  This weekend he will look to bring Slam Diego to Philadelphia as he takes on Andrew McCuthen and the Phillies.

3. Tommy Pham

The other half of the MLB bro’s in San Diego takes the three spot on this week’s #HighFive.

Tommy Pham has become accustomed to wearing the Padres swag chain.

He launched a home run in back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday as he ended the week with three bangers. 

 

This week Pham is batting .360 with three home runs, five RBI, eight runs, three steals and four walks.

His all-around game is exciting crowd-captivating.

 

Pham has batted in the leadoff spot in 34 games this season and has hit four home runs. That is tied for third in all of baseball. 

 

 

He will look to add on to his five-game hitting streak this weekend in Philadelphia.

4. Josh Bell


Josh Bell got off to a slow start during his first season in the Nation’s Capital, like a lot of his Nationals teammates did.

But he is starting to find his stride and it has shown at the plate in recent weeks.  Since June 16th he has 13 runs batted in and has hit three home runs, including a grand slam in a wild game last week against Philadelphia.

It came an inning after opposing MLBbro Andrew McCutchen hit a grand slam for the Phillies. 

Over his last seven games Bell has driven in 11 runs, hit two home runs and recorded four walks.  

 

 

He begins a four game set Thursday against All Star hopeful Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

5. Jazz Chisolhm Jr.

 

Sweet Jazz Music was blasting in the Miami air this weekend after he led off Saturday and Sunday’s games with leadoff triples.

 

He was named our Home Boi Highlight after going 5-for-12 with a .417 average, four RBI and one home run over the weekend against the Washington Nationals.

Chisholm has hits in six straight games and is batting .280 with four runs, four RBI and a double during that span.

Chisholm and the Marlins will travel to Hotlanta this weekend for a series against their National League East rival, the Braves.

Tommy Pham’s Bat Is Wide Awake & Just In Time To Keep The Padres In The Race

Tommy Pham’s Bat Is Wide Awake & Just In Time To Keep The Padres In The Race

Tommy Pham is doing everything in his power to keep the San Diego Padres in contention. 

Over his last 10 games, Pham has affected the boxscore in every way possible. Not only is he hitting .375 (15-40) while scoring 10 runs and knocking in 3 runs and hitting a couple of homers. He’s also coaxed 4 walks and even swiped 2 bags. 

He’s definitely in a soul brother show-glow-groove. 

But like all quality ballplayers, Tommy knows he can do more.

 

 

“The only thing missing from my game is the consistency with the power,” he told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I’m still working on it. Power comes in bunches. But also, there is a consistency element to it as well. I always feel I want to leave a series with one or two extra-base hits.”

While Pham has only hit 6 home runs so far, his recent offensive explosion hit the breaks on an early-season skid that had him looking like a shell of himself. 

“Everyone has a bad 150 at-bats, mine just happened in April. So now I’ve got to do everything I can to make everything level out. It’s a frustrating game. You can do everything right and still not reap the benefits of it.”

This offseason, that last sentence almost came to fruition for Pham in the worst way possible. According to San Diego Police, eyewitness reports say Pham was attacked after asking two strangers involved in an argument near his car to move. 

The stab wound was not life-threatening, but lately, fans have made it difficult to put the incident behind him. Pham has noticed an increase in fan rowdiness and has even had his offseason assault used to taunt him.

“Fans have been very disrespectful this year,” Pham said. “I need to talk to the MLB. The vulgarity this year, the gestures, I’ve never seen it at this level. I want to know if this is just because fans have been gone for a year and now they’re back and acting a certain way. That (stuff) shouldn’t be tolerated.”

Pham makes a great point mentioning the fact fans have been away from the ballpark, and recent incidents across sports have seen fans acting out in an unusually bold manner. But while the hiatus may have indeed fueled what’s happening, we cannon write this off as typical “fan behavior”.

Still, the negative doesn’t stop Pham from contributing to everything that makes the sport of baseball great for the community.

 

 

The MLB released a statement emphatically denouncing any inappropriate behavior by fans, so hopefully going forward we will see fans being ejected and banned for fan abuse.

You’ll never silence every critic, but if Pham keeps hitting like this, there won’t be much to trash him about.

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 9)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 9)

Marcus Semien was a man possessed throughout the entire month of May. He was in a zone that landed him the American League Player of the Month award after leading all of baseball in hits, OBP, and WAR. 

That earns him the top spot on Week 9 of our #High Five list.

 

1. Marcus Semien 

Semien made a strong case to be the American League starter at 2nd base in next month’s Summer Classic All-Star Game in Denver.  He launched eight home runs, tied for 3rd in the league with 23 runs scored, and led all of baseball with 42 hits, a 1.130 OPS. and a 2.3 WAR.

He made sure to close out the month on a high note by hitting .417 with seven runs and six walks in his last seven games.  He even extended his hit streak to 10 games after recording a hit and two runs in Wednesday’s game against Jazz Chisholm and the Miami Marlins.

 

 

The Blue Jays are migrating out of Florida and have begun playing games in Buffalo; bringing them a little closer to the Toronto faithful.  Semien will look to keep the party going a little higher up on the east coast.

 

2. Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton has helped bring some much-needed sauce and energy to the South Side of Chicago.  Injuries have riddled their outfield yet Hamilton’s play has been exemplary and a key reason why Chicago is holding fort atop the American League Central.

 

 

Hamilton is known for being one of the greatest base stealers of our generation but flexed his power this past weekend by hitting his first two home runs of the season in back-to-back games against Cedric Mullins and the Baltimore Orioles. He’s come a long way since his minor-league base saga.

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Tuesday Hamilton gave us one of the most exciting plays of the year when he hit a little league home run against the Indians.  It was ultimately scored a double with a few errors, but at the end of the day, he made it around the bases with one swing.  

He crushed a ball to the right center field wall and dashed around the bases.  After a throw to the catcher was misplayed, Billy charged into home plate and scored after diving headfirst.  He earned a bloody lip and swollen face for his efforts but he needed every ounce of speed in order to get in safely.

Hamilton and MLBbro teammate Tim Anderson will lead the White as they look to dominate the Tigers during their upcoming weekend series at home.

 

3. Taijuan Walker Mets 

Taijuan Walker ranks 4th in MLB with a .184 ERA.  He’s surrendered just one run in his last 22 innings entering Thursday night against San Diego and MLBbros Trent Grisham and Tommy Pham. Fly Tai has been a consistent force almost every time out, allowing just 10 runs in 49 innings entering Thursday. If the Mets said they knew they were getting a potential Cy Young candidate when they picked up Walker to be a solid piece in the rotation, they’d be lying.

 

 

But that’s exactly how the melanated mound marauder is dealing. 

4. Tommy Pham 

Speaking of Tommy Pham, after a slow start he’s really found a groove and his veteran presence has been a big part in the San Diego Padres fight for the National League West crown early on this year.  

In his last seven games, Pham’s recorded nine hits and four RBI while posting a .321 batting average.

 

 

Last Saturday night he went 2 for 4 with two walks, a home run, two RBI, two runs scored, and got to take home the biggest gold chain in baseball, the Padres swag chain which is earned after players go deep.

5. Cedric Mullins

The Baltimore center fielder has been one of the most consistent players in baseball through the first two months.  He has hits in nine of his last 10 games with a .333 batting average during his current run.  

 

Mullins was a huge factor in the Orioles’ two-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins.  He began their game Wednesday with a leadoff triple on his way to going 2-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base.  This week he reached 100 total bases in a season for the first time in his career and he still has a long way to go.

Grisham & Pham Are Ministers of Defense Leading Padres To First Place In The NL West

Grisham & Pham Are Ministers of Defense Leading Padres To First Place In The NL West

It is not “Angels in the Outfield” helping the San Diego Padres (29-17) to a first-place record in a loaded National League West Division. It’s two Brothas in the outfield, sorry Kevin Costner.

Those MLBbros are centerfielder Trent Grisham and left fielder Tommy Pham who are leading the Padres to the top of their division, making key contributions that might be going under the radar. 

The N.L West is one of the best divisions in baseball with three teams at the top of the entire league; the Padres, Giants, and 2020 World Season Champion Dodgers. The Padres are getting it done on the mound as well, ranking first in strikeouts per nine innings. If all three teams stay the course, they will have their sub-regional in the playoffs. 

“Offense wins games and defense wins championships” is one very popular expression. Trenton “Gresh” Grisham 24, from Burleson, TX is one of the leaders in defense for the Padres and in 2020 was one of the 12 best defenders in all of baseball, obtaining a Gold Glove for his defensive efforts. 

He has continued that trend into 2021 and combined with Tommy Pham and right-fielder Will Myers, the Padres outfield is another defensive lock. Grish is also batting .301 and is giving the Padres enough firepower offensively. 

 

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Thomas “Phamtastic” Pham 33, from Las Vegas, NV is the other anchor in the Padres outfield and is playing well despite coming back from injuries suffered in 2020 that still somewhat hinder him to this day. In October, Pham was stabbed in the back after leaving a club. 

 

 

That injury coupled with a wrist injury might be impeding his ability to hit the ball well at this moment and his batting average is .195, but the MLB season is long and he has plenty of time to improve upon that statistic. His veteran leadership is going to be something that the young, ambitious Padres will need if they want to make a deeper postseason run this season. 

The outfield superheroes were not affected by the recent Covid-19 outbreak that hit the Padres and they were spared from catching the virus. The only downside to the Padres defense is that they lead MLB with over 22 errors and they will need to shore that up if they want to make a serious run at a World Series title. 

In baseball, you need a strong infield and an even stronger outfield because you have more ground to cover and you have to turn on the jets with regularity. The Padres have some burners in the outfield. 

Manager Jayce Tingler noted that Pham is “special” and “competitive in everything that he does.” Pham is also always looking to improve at any opportunity. The steady veteran is looking for a shot at a title.

The second-year Grisham is not only an amazing defender, he’s a strong on-base weapon atop San Diego’s lineup. He’s clearly a long-term solution and future superstar of the Padres outfield. Together they make up an outfield that’s as stingy as Scrooge on Christmas. 

 Keep your eye out on these players because it’s going to be a shootout in the wild wild west come playoffs.