Week 17 of the Major League Baseball season was one to remember for many MLBbros.
Around the league four were honored with their respective teams’ Heart & Hustle Awards– one showed us once again there is not a thing on the planet he cannot do and another proved he is ready to be a part of a World Series run. However, George Springer is at the top of the mountaintop on our High Five list after winning the American League Player of the Week award.
1. George Springer
Blue Jays fans waited 670 days between home games after COVID-19 shut down Canada last year. This past weekend the team finally returned home to Toronto, and Springer finally got to play in his first true home series and did not disappoint.
Saturday he homered twice in the Jay’s game against the Kansas City Royals including his 40th career leader jack. In total Springer hit three lead-off home runs this week, giving him 42 for his career and placing him in eighth place on the All-Time list.
Over his last seven games Springer is batting .517 with a 1.103 slugging percentage, four home runs, 11 RBI, 10 runs scored and four walks.
2. Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts showed us he had some skills in his bag while playing second base for the Dodgers most of this week. Betts played second as a minor leaguer but has spent a majority of his career in the outfield, particularly in right field where he has won five Gold Gloves.
Betts is coming off an injury and as the Dodgers wait for newly acquired Trea Turner to return from the COVID list, they have tested his versatility over the last few games and he has not disappointed.
Betts also appears to finally be looking comfortable at the plate. He has done a good job at getting on base this season, but some of his hitting numbers have been down. This week he was 15-for-28 for a .536 average, a 1.214 slugging percentage, seven extra base hits and five home runs including a two-homer game in Wednesday’s victory over the Astros.
American League All-Star starting centerfielder CM Storm Cedric Mullins had himself a memorable week both on and off the field. He was awarded the Baltimore Orioles winner of the 2021 Heart & Hustle Award.
Mullins said on Twitter “It is an honor to be selected for the 2021 Heart and Hustle Award! It’s my goal every day to go out and play hard and to the best of my ability. I am truly grateful that my play and hardwork has been recognized by my peers.”
On the field Mullins has been slowly creeping towards the top of the list for Major League Baseball’s batting title. He now sits in fourth, trailing Michael Brantley by .009 points for first place.
Since originally being snubbed from making the American League All-Star roster, T.A. has been locked in on his mission to have his White Sox as the last team standing this season.
Our JR Gamble gave us his Two Cents on where he believes Anderson’s place is amongst the games top shortstops, so I’ll let him get into that while I tell you about a few highlights from his week.
Pasta night was on the docket Tuesday night for Anderson and his family after he hit a two-run homer against the Royals. He was also named the White Sox winner of the 2021 Heart & Hustle Award.
Anderson now sits in seventh place for the American League batting title and he had something to say about White Sox fans who have made their home ballpark electric during the past few weeks.
“On the weekends, it’s the place to go before you go out. We try to make it a pregame for you. You can come to the game, have some drinks, have some fun. We have a DJ up there playing good music. Use it as a pregame before the night starts.”
5. Giancarlo Stanton
With the additions of left handed batters Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo, Giancarlo Stanton finally has some much needed help around him in the lineup, and now the Yankees look poised as they make their track towards a wild card spot.
Stanton batted .250 this week with a home run, seven RBI, five walks, a .400 on base percentage and a bases clearing three run double on Wednesday to help the Yankees break open their game against the Orioles.
Stanton and his Yankees have a series scheduled this weekend against the Mariners that will have huge playoff implications later on in the season.
The MLBbros decided to turn Week 12 of the season into a seven-day Home Run Derby. They hit a pair of grand slams while mixing in a few game-winning homers in between.
Michael Brantley, however, takes the top spot on our High Five list after batting .500 during the Houston Astros’ current 10-game winning streak and taking the top spot in the race for baseball’s batting title.
If the season ended today, Michael Brantley would take home Major League Baseball’s batting championship, and right now it’s not even close. His .356 average is .16 higher than the closest player.
On June 8, he returned to play after missing time with an injury and he’s lived up to his nickname, “The Professional” at the plate since.
In his last seven games, he is batting .400 with a.500 OBP, 12 hits, nine RBI, six runs and three walks.
Brantley has been the main catalyst in the resurgence of Dusty Baker’s Astros this season. During their four-game sweep of Tim Anderson and the White Sox last weekend, Brantley was 5-for-16 with six RBI, a double, triple and a three-run home run.
Michael Brantley is absolutely destroying baseballs this season. This 3 run bomb raises his average to .347 on the year pic.twitter.com/va9Xo5dePO
Brantley is also the American League leader in doubles and heads to the Motor City this weekend for a four-game set against the Tigers.
2. Tony Kemp
Tony Kemp played a lot bigger than his 5-foot-6 frame this week, earning the second spot on our High Five list.
In 35 games since May 8, when Kemp was hitting .190, he is 34-for-95 with a .358 batting average. He has seven doubles, two triples and four home runs in that span.
Two of those homers came last weekend in the Bronx. In the sixth inning of Friday night’s game, he hit what would end up being a game-winning three-run home run. He would then follow up with a first-inning shot the next day.
Long has eight RBI in his last seven games with a .609 Slugging Percentage. Injuries have played a major role in the Mariners’ season, including to Shed but he’s getting playing time now and making the most of it. Seattle will have a fun matchup this weekend as they play on the South Side of Chicago.
4. Cedric Mullins
I may never watch baseball again if Cedric Mullins is not an All-Star this season. He’s been doing everything he can to climb up the top of the fan vote, but with a few outfielders currently sidelined with injury, he could easily find himself starting the game in center.
In a weekend series against May’s American League Player of the Month Marcus Semien and the Blue Jays, Mullins added to his legend in the Charm City. He hit four home runs and had six RBI in a two-day span.
This month, Cedric is 26-for-73 with a .356 batting average, five doubles, seven home runs and 12 RBI. He now sits ninth in the Majors in batting average. His O’s will get their shot at revenge against Semien and the Blue Jays after they lost last weekend’s series.
5. J.P. Crawford
The Gold Glover takes the five spot on this week’s #HighFive list, but it has everything to do with his performance at the plate.
Last week, he was named our Home Boi Highlight after riding an eight-game hitting streaking with a .351 average with seven RBI, six runs and two home runs including a grand slam Saturday night in the Mariners Seattle Steelhead Negro League throwback jerseys.
Crawford’s hitting streak reached 10 games after going 2-for-4 with a double Wednesday night. During that span, he has four multi-hit games and eight runs batted in. All signs are beginning to point to him being named the Mariners’ representative for this year’s All-Star game in Denver.
Last year’s Gold Glove award winner at shortstop deserves his shine and his chance to showcase his talents on one of the biggest stages in baseball.
This weekend’s Mariners vs. White Sox matchup will feature two of the most exciting shortstops in the game, J.P. and former batting champion Tim Anderson who just celebrated his 28th birthday on June 23.
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.
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.
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.
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.