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.
The reigning American League Rookie of the Year got a late start after beginning the season on the Injured List. But now he’s heating up, going 8-for-20 with a .400 batting average the past week, entering Thursday night’s game.
For that, he makes his first appearance this season on our #HighFIVE list — and gets the top spot.
Lewis came to Texas and his bat was as hot as the weather. He recorded multiple hits in each of the Mariners’ three games during their weekend series against the Rangers, including three knocks in Friday’s opener.
As the Mariners begin to call up some of their top prospects this week, Lewis will need to grow up fast and even add the role of mentor to his job description.
If anyone knows how to successfully navigate the on-and-off the field issues a player can face during their rookie year, the recent hardware in Lewis’s trophy case would prove he’s the guy for the job.
2. Cedric Mullins (Baltimore Orioles)
Cedric Mullins has been one of the top players in the game through the first six weeks of the season.
After collecting a hit in seven straight games, including one of the most impressive triples you will ever see, we gave him the nickname “CM Storm” and he claims the second spot on our #HighFive list.
Mullins has begun to blossom this season. He ranks second in hits while leading all MLB center fielders with 98 putouts. Mullins also hasn’t committed an error this season. Amazing since he plays one of the toughest positions in all of sports.
3. Jack Flaherty (St. Louis Cardinals)
This week, Flaherty gained separation as he now leads Major League Baseball with seven wins. The next closest pitchers have five.
Congratulations @Jack9Flaherty he became the 1st pitcher to reach 7 wins this season after throwing 6 scoreless innings and striking out 6. This was his 5th straight quality start in a row. https://t.co/V2KLPlcKLx
Thursday made it five straight quality starts for Jack as he defeated the Brewers 2-0. He went six innings allowing no runs on just four hits while striking out six. In his two starts this week, Flaherty did not give up a single run in 13 innings. He struck out 12 batters and his Cardinals recorded shutout wins in each game.
He’s on fire and it might be time to start talking about the possibility of Flaherty becoming MLB’s first Black Ace (20-game winner) since David Price in 2012.
4. Taijuan Walker (New York Mets)
The Black Knight pitcher in New York always finds a way onto our list and this week will be no different. Walker sits in the third spot in this week’s High FIVE and has proven to Mets’ fans that he was one of the top free agent acquisitions this off-season.
Walker currently sits 13th in ERA for Major League Baseball after lowering his down to 2.20 on Wednesday after his start against Baltimore. In his last two starts, it seems that he’s finally found his stride as he is raking up strikeouts and going deep into games.
In the 14 innings, he pitched, he only gave up one run, while striking out eight batters. Importantly to Met fans, he’s only walked three batters. He had given 13 free passes in the four previous starts before.
The Mets are 6-1 in games started by Walker this season.
5. Tim Anderson (Chi-Town White Sox)
When it’s all said and done, MLBbro.com expects Tim Anderson to be right in the running for the second batting title of his career this season. T.A. has collected a hit in eight straight games and recorded six RBI during his streak.
Anderson hit a home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the first, and the White Sox held off the Twins (minus Byron Buxton) for a 4-2 victory Thursday at Guaranteed Rate Field. It was their sixth straight win and 14th in 18 games.
This week’s #HighFIVE is highlighted by the American League Player of the Month, a man swinging the hottest bat in baseball, and a player who committed a Bro-on-Bro crime with his grand slam last Saturday.
Byron Buxton was named American League Player of the Month for his MVP-type performance to open the season in April. He hit eight home runs and batted .426 with a .897 slugging percentage while stealing three bases to go along with 14 RBI and 15 runs scored all while playing just 18 games. He set franchise records for the Twins with the highest batting average, slugging percentage and OPS for the months of March and April.
Last Friday night, Buxton reminded us he is still a beast on the defensive side. He made a diving catch then caught another while leaping against the center field wall in a Twins victory over their divisional rivals in Kansas City.
2. Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton has been stunting with his bat on his way to making his first appearance on our #HighFIVE list this season. He has been on a tear and put the league on notice during his current 12-game hitting streak. Stanton has a home run in three straight games for the 17th time in his career and his five go-ahead home runs this season are tied with Fernando Tatís Jr. for the most in baseball.
Stanton has been hitting the cover off the baseball during this run. He has hit 12 batted balls with an exit velocity of 115 plus MPH — the rest of the league has just seven. He’s hit six home runs and knocked in 11, and scored 11 runs as well during the streak.
3. Cedric Mullins
Cedric Mullins has kicked his feet up and gotten comfortable being a part of our High FIVE list this season. He currently third in Major League in hits with 39 and ranks 14th with a .320 batting average.
This week, Mullins made a play that will have him eating free in Baltimore for years to come as his sliding catch in center field helped preserve John Means no-hitter, which was the first solo one by an Orioles pitcher in 50 years.
4. Jack Flaherty
Flaherty is the lone pitcher on this week’s #HighFIVE. In his last start against the Pirates, he struck out a season-high nine batters as he pitched six innings, allowing two runs in a 12-5 Cardinal win. He sits alone at the top of the wins leaderboard with a 5-0 record. Four of his last five appearances have been quality starts and he has posted a 36 to 10 strikeout-to-walk ratio during the season.
His next start will come Friday night when his Cardinals face the Colorado Rockies.
5. Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson rounds out our High FIVE by taking the fifth spot as his bat has stayed hot since his return from the injured list a few weeks ago. He is batting.298 with four home runs, 15 runs and 12 RBI this season.
Anderson was wanted for committing Bro-on-Bro crime last Saturday afternoon. The former batting champion hit a grand slam off Indians pitcher and fellow MLB Bro Tristen McKenzie.