Major League Baseball Player Of The Week July 5th

Ozzie Albies of the Atlanta Braves and Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels are the respective winners for the National and American Leagues for Major League Baseball and its Player of the Week Honours.

Ohtani Continues To Dazzle With His Two-Way Play

Ohtani earned his fourth career AL Player of the Week Award and his second in the last three weeks. Mike Trout accomplished the feat during his AL MVP Award-winning 2019 season with the Angels.

For Ohtani he posted a slash line of .286/.400/1.143 with eight runs scored, six home runs, eight RBI, four walks and a stolen base in six games.

Ohtani also received Player Of The Month for the month of June for the American League. He is the first Angels winner since Mike Trout in September 2018.

Ohtani had a .309 batting average with 20 runs scored, six doubles, a triple, 13 home runs, 23 RBI, four stolen bases and a .889 slugging percentage across 25 games.

Albies Nets First Player Of The Week Honours

After receiving his All-Star Game nod on the Sunday, Albies got his Player Of The Week Nomination on Tuesday to give him a great start to the week.

Albies 400 with three homers, 13 RBIs, and a 1.167 OPS in six games last week. 

Albies does not only impress with his bat but also with his glove at 2nd base. On defense in 2019 he had the best fielding percentage of all major league second basemen (.994). He has a .990 fielding percentage so far in 2021 that is tops in the league.

With the 2020 season shortened by COVID-19, Albies also missed a month due to injury. He still managed to have a .271/.306/.466 slash line with 6 home runs and 19 RBIs.


Los Angeles Angels New York Yankees Series Preview

The Los Angeles Angels are headed to the Bronx for a four game set against their American League Eastern Division rival the New York Yankees. The Angels are 37-40 and fourth in the AL West while New York is 40-37 fourth in the AL East.

The Angels come in having lost two of three in Tampa Bay against the Rays, including a 13-3 pounding on Saturday. With Sunday’s win they snapped a five game losing streak.

Los Angeles plays four against the Bronx Bombers before heading to Baltimore on the weekend.

Ohtani Continues To Amaze

He was a single short of hitting for the cycle on Sunday in Tampa Bay. With now 25 homers on the season, It took Shohei Ohtani 77 games to reach that mark. He stands alone as the only Angels player to do so. Not even Mike Trout hit this milestone in any of his seasons with the Angels.

Ohtani now boasts a slash line of .277/.363/.668 on the season. His 46 extra-base hits also lead the league.

If that isn’t enough, Ohtani has a 2.58 ERA in 11 starts with 82 strikeouts in 59 innings while pitching. Combine his pitching and hitting together he has a 5.0 WAR before the halfway mark of the season. 

This is the Ohtani we had glimpses of prior to 2021 but he was hampered by injuries, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other challenges. 

Trout’s Injury Status Updated

Mike Trout will move over to the 60 day injured list with his right calf strain but that won’t hamper his ability to return by a July 17th target date.

Trout was enjoying one of his best seasons with a slash line of .333/.466/.624 in 146 at bats before his injury on May 18th.

Yankees Taking Heat For Fourth Place Standing In The A.L. East

The Yankees return home having been outscored by The Boston Red Sox 18-7 in the three-game series at Fenway Park. It was Boston’s first time sweeping New York in consecutive series since 2011.

Boston hammered Gerrit Cole 9-2 Sunday.

New York is 5-5 in their last ten games with a team .252 batting average New York’s team on-base percentage of .318 is fourth in the American League. They have a 4.45 team ERA. They are 21-18 at home.

Cole is under scrutiny given his recent comments about the use of sticky substances and the fact that his spin rate has suffered with the league’s recent crackdown on pitchers.

DJ LeMahieu  riding a 10-game hitting streak

DJ LeMahieu was a bright spot for the Yankees against the Red Sox as he went 7-14 with one homer, two runs and four RBI in the three-game series.

He has a 333/.383/.547 line with four dingers and 15 RBI in the last 17 games leading us to believe that he is on pace for another MVP type season.

Aaron Judge leads the Yankees with 27 extra base hits and is slugging .509. He also leads the team with an OBP of .375.

The opening game of the series sees the Angels Dylan Bundy; 1-7, 6.68 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 60 strikeouts against the Yankees Michael King; 0-3, 4.05 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 34 strikeouts.


Major League Baseball Player Of The Week June 20th

Our latest Players Of The Week have dropped in Major League Baseball with Los Angeles Angels two way star Shohei Ohtani and Washington Nationals left fielder Kyle Schwarber given the honours for the American and National League’s respectively.

Ohtani Second Consecutive Angels Winner

With Catcher Max Stassi receiving the American League Honours last week and Ohtani this week, should one have to wonder how the Angels are fairing without Mike Trout?

If anything it speaks to the Angels potential with all these players in the lineup despite their well documented pitching struggles. The Angels currently sit fourth in the American League West with a 36-38 record.

Ohtani posted a slash line of .296/.387/963 with six runs scored, eight hits, six home runs, nine RBI and a stolen base over seven games played. He tossed six innings with five strikeouts in his start on last Thursday allowing one run in the process.

He is also battling Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays for the Major League lead in home runs. They both have 23.

Nationals Kyle Schwarber Named National League Player of the Week

Left fielder Kyle Schwarber led the National League with six home runs and tied for the lead with 11 RBI to earn Player Of The Week Honours.

He also went 10-for-26 with a .414 on-base percentage, a 1.077 slugging percentage and a 1.491 OPS in seven games this week. He hit safely in six of the seven games.

Schwarber is third in the National League with 18 home runs, eighth in slugging percentage (.518) and 12th in OPS (.843). 

The last time a Nationals player won Player Of The Week Honours was August 2019 when then National Anthony Rendon won the award in August 2019.


Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics Series Preview

The Los Angeles Angels have gained some ground in the American League West and looking to be heading for sunnier days as they take on the Oakland Athletics in a key three game series.

Now sitting one game above .500 at 33-32, they swept two of the weaker teams in baseball in the Kansas City Royals and Arizona Diamondbacks.

They face a tougher test in Oakland though who is 40-27 and leads the AL West by two games over the Houston Astros and six games over the Angels.

What Makes the Athletics So Tough?

Oakland has hit 85 home runs this season, seventh in Major League Baseball. The Athletics are 8-2 in their last 10 games with a .266 batting average, a 2.53 ERA and a plus 26 run differential.

Matt Olson leads the club with 18, homers averaging one every 12 at bats.Olson has his team-leading 17th and 18th homers of the year Sunday.

Matt Chapman, the other Matt in Oakland, has 12 hits in 40 at-bats (.306 AVG), including three doubles, two homers and eight RBI in the month of June.

Chapman was hitting .203/.315/.341 with six doubles, five homers and 21 RBI in April and May. He had walked 31 times and struck out in 70 at-bats.

Chapman put the boots to the Kansas City Royals with seven hits in 13 at-bats in their weekend series with three doubles, two homers and five RBI and one strike out.

The Athletics though are 10-13 against A.L. West teams in 2021.

What Do The Angels Bring?

The Angels and their offence bring a lot in this six game win streak, all without Mike Trout. Trout has been sidelined by a calf injury since May 17, with the Angels posting a 14-9 mark since.

Who then is providing the Angels with much needed offence? Max Stassi has returned from injury and been on a tear. Stassi hit a 440-foot homer to center against the Diamondbacks on the weekend.

Between a sprained thumb in April and a concussion in May, he is starting to get going. He as a .339 Batting Average, Five Home Runs, and OPS Of 1.042 in 62 at bats. He is also the American League Player Of The Week.

Jared Walsh has a .293/.363/.556 slash line with 43 RBI, 34 runs scored and two stolen bases over 251 plate appearances. With Albert Pujols release and subsequent move to the Dodgers, first base now belongs to Walsh.

Shohei Ohtani continues to be the true Angels MVP candidate and All-Star with 17 home runs and a slugging percentage of .608.

He has a .961 OPS, .353 On-Base Percentage and a WAR of 3.8. He has also struck out 68 batters in 47⅓ innings with a 2.85 ERA as a pitcher. 

The American League MVP should really come down to Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Guerrero, ranks first in batting average (.344), on-base percentage (.450) and slugging (.688), for a major league-best OPS of 1.137. He also leads the majors with 21 home runs and 55 RBI,

Game one goes tonight Dylan Bundy for the Angels who is 1-6 with a 6.16 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 55 strikeouts against the Athletics Sean Manaea who is 5-2 with a 3.09 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 73 strikeouts.