#HighFive |Top 5 Black & Brown Players (Week  20)

#HighFive |Top 5 Black & Brown Players (Week 20)

Giancarlo Stanton has been the hottest hitter on the hottest team on the planet as he has his Yankees back in playoff contention.  For that, he takes the top spot on Week 20 of our #HighFive list.

 

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1. Giancarlo Stanton

Since the trade deadline last month the Yankees have been one of the best teams in baseball and that’s in large part due to the play of former National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton took the number four spot on our #HighFive list last week, but climbed into the top spot after hitting four home runs with eight RBI, a .348 batting average and .957 slugging percentage.

 

Entering Thursday Stanton has recorded hits in 12 out of 13 games and he torched the Atlanta Braves pitching staff during their quick two game series, including roping a two-run double down the left field line in the 6th inning of Monday’s game to break a 1-1 tie.

 

Stanton has made the move from full time Designated Hitter to playing Left field in order to get the best out of what now is a deep Yankees roster, and his ability to not be a liability on defense has been just as key as his play with the bat in his hand.

 

This weekend Stanton and his Yankees will play four against Bay Area Bros Josh Harrison and Tony Kemp in Oakland.

 

2. Marcus Semien

The American League starter at second base in this year’s All-Star Game deserves to take home an American League Silver Slugger award this season.  Marcus Semien takes the number two spot on this week’s #High/Five list after putting on a power display Wednesday.

 

Semien gave Blue Jays fans a show when he hit two home runs in a three hit performance during Thursday’s game, giving him 32 on the season.

Over his last seven games Semien is batting .276 with a .621 slugging percentage and five RBI as Toronto sits just five games back of a spot in the Wild Card play-in game.

 

Semien and his Blue Jays are heading to Motown for a series against the Detroit Tigers and Rookie of the Year candidate Akil “The Real Deal” Baddoo.

 

3. Tim Anderson

The hero of the Field of Dreams Game takes the number three spot on our Week 20 #HighFive list.

Tim Anderson has recorded his in 11 of his last 12 games with seven of those being multi-hit performances including getting three in four different games.

Anderson has a batting average of .375 with six RBI, a home run and 12 total hits over his last seven games.

He dealt with a few Injury List stints earlier this season, but for the most part has been one of the most consistent players in the Majors while helping his White Sox cruise into the final month of the season with a lead in the American League Central.

 

He is currently 7th spot in the MLB Batting Title race and his .303 batting average is the highest for any shortstop in baseball.

This weekend TA7 AKA “Timmy Spice” will participate in the Battle for Chi-Town as his White Sox take on the Cubs.

 

4. Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge seems to always find himself on our #High/Five list and each honor has been well earned as he has been a legitimate American League MVP throughout the entire season.

This week Judge batted .273, hit a home run and drew six walks as his Yankees have been in the win column 11 games in a row.

 

During this season Judge and Stanton have been the most important pieces in the Yankees lineup, and they will have to carry the offense over the last month of the season if they want to secure a playoff spot.

 

 

5. Josh Bell

Josh Bell has quietly had an impressive season despite the overall performance of the Nationals.

He struggled at the beginning of August, but over his last nine games he has seen his average rise a bit.

 

Bell decided to show he was a savage in the batter’s box Wednesday in sunny South Beach against the Miami Marlins when he hit his twenty first home run of the season to end a shutout and tie the game at two a piece in the seventh inning.

Over his last seven games Bell has six RBI, drawn five walks, hit two home runs and has a .393 on base percentage.

 

This weekend Bell and his Nationals will travel upstate to New York to take on the Mets where it is likely he will face Black Knight Marcus Stroman on Saturday

#HighFive | Top 5 Black & Brown Players (Week 19)

#HighFive | Top 5 Black & Brown Players (Week 19)

Triston McKenzie was on another level this past Sunday as he was just fingertips away from making history.

He almost threw the first perfect game Major League Baseball has seen in nine years.

The last one was tossed by Mariners Cy Young ace Felix Hernadez, who threw one against the Tampa Bay Rays.

That earns him the top spot in Week 19 of our #HighFive list.

 

1. Triston McKenzie

 

We have known since last season that Cleveland Guardians pitcher Triston McKenzie can be one of the most electric pitchers in the Majors when he’s on, and last Sunday he showed the Detroit Tigers exactly that.

McKenzie pitched a career high eight innings, allowing just a single hit and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts as he vibed out on the Motor City mound.

“He was so chill, so under control, so confident, I loved it,” said Guardians catcher Austin Hedges when speaking on McKenzie’s demeanor on the mound.

 

McKenzie has been sent up and down from Triple A multiple times this season; he never truly got the time to get reps in the Minors as he has been forced to learn on the fly due to injuries in the rotation.

After a few good starts leading up to his near bid at perfection, it seems he may have finally turned a corner.

McKenzie will look to build off his effort during his next start Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.

 

2. Aaron Judge

It may finally be time to say it, the Yankees are back, and their resurgence has a lot to do with the play of their All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge.

 

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Judge batted .400 this week with a .900 slugging percentage, nine RBI, nine walks, six runs, three stolen bases and three home runs including two in the great state of Iowa.

 

Had it not been for Tim Anderson’s heroics in the ninth inning of the “Field of Dreams” game, the sports world would have woken up to headlines of Aaron Judge being the biggest name in baseball.

Judge has seen his Yankees climb back into the thick of the playoff race over the last few weeks as they have won 10 of their last 11 series including taking two out of three against the White Sox and then sweeping their rivals, the Red Sox to begin the week.

 

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This weekend Judge and the Yankees will welcome the Minnesota Twins to the Bronx.

 

3. Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson is Prime Time.  He should be the face of baseball, and proved so after hitting the first ever walk-off home run in the great state of Iowa.

 

Anderson has recorded hits in nine consecutive games, including five multi-hit performances leading him to reach the seven spot in the race for the American League batting title.

 

Over his last seven games, Anderson has a batting average of .303 with five RBI, four runs, a stolen base and a homer.

 

Anderson and his White Sox will be tested this weekend as they take on last year’s American League champions, the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

4. Giancarlo Stanton

 

The other half of the Yankees Twin Tower of Power, Giancarlo Stanton has done his part to rally the Yankees back into contention and takes the fourth spot on this weeks #HighFive List.

 

Stanton got in the mix as he hit one of four MLBbro home runs during the “Field of Dreams” game last Thursday.

His two-run blast gave the Yankees a one-run lead in the top of the ninth inning.

That was until of course T.A. stepped to the plate.

 

Over his last 15 games, Stanton is batting .333 with three home runs and 12 RBI while also drawing eight walks.

 

5. Jazz Chisolhm Jr.

 

Baseball is better when Jazz Chisholm is healthy, batting leadoff and playing in the field for the Miami Marlins.

 

Chisholm is among the first-ever Bahamian born players to grace the Majors and a fully healthy season might have been good enough for Jazz to win the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award.

During both Sunday and Monday’s games in Miami, Jazz hit home runs to the upper deck of the park.

Sunday’s shot gave the Marlins a one-run lead in the late innings.

Jazz and his Marlins will take on Amir Garrett and the playoff hopeful Cincinnati Reds for a four-game series this weekend.

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 10)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 10)

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.

 

2. J.P. Crawford

J.P. Crawford has been scorching to start June. 

 

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.  

 

 

T.A. will have a chance to creep closer towards his second batting title this weekend as he and his White Sox travel to Mo-Town to take on the Tigers.

#HIGHFIVE| Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players Week 7

#HIGHFIVE| Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players Week 7

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.  

 

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.  

 

 

Once again he put his name in the Cardinals history book next to the late great Bob Gibson as the franchise’s only pitchers to win 8 of their first 9 starts in a season. 

His next chance to raise his win streak to nine will come next Tuesday as he will meet in an interleague matchup against the White Sox and MLB Bro RBI Baseball 2021 Cover boy. 

4. Marcus Semien

 

Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien makes his first appearance on the High Five list this season as he has proven to be one of the best off-season signings in all of baseball.  

Semien put up near MVP numbers last for the Oakland Athletics at shortstop.  He decided to take his talents to one of the youngest, most talented teams in the sport and move over to 2nd base.  

 

 

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.