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MLB Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Urias Continues Cy Young Push

While the focus has been on New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and his quest to break the American League home run record set by Roger Maris during the 1961 season, as well as pursue a Triple Crown, other players have been producing as well.

Pete Alonso is doing what he can to lead the New York Mets to the National League East title. Meanwhile, Julio Urias makes a return trip to the Who’s Hot list as he is a major reason why the MLB playoff odds favor the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series.

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Urias, Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, and Brandon Woodruff of the Milwaukee Brewers are among the familiar names on the Who’s Hot list.

Keep on reading for information on the hottest hitters and pitchers in MLB, as well as those players trending in the other direction.

Let’s check the latest MLB picks, stats, injury reports, and MLB predictions. We’ve plenty of MLB expert picks for you to consider.

Who’s Hot

American League Hitters

  • Triston Casas, Boston Red Sox 1B: One of the future stars in Boston, Casas is 9 for 19 with two home runs, six RBIs, seven runs, and 10 walks over the last seven games.
  • Gio Ushela, Minnesota Twins 3B: Ushela is 11 for 21 with five runs scored over his last six contests.
  • Vinnie Pasquantino, Kansas City Royals DH-1B: Pasquantino continues his strong finish to the season with a .417 batting average and a .500 on-base percentage in the last six games.
  • Anthony Santander, Baltimore Orioles OF: While Santander only has eight hits over his last 32 at-bats, six of them have been home runs as he has seven runs and nine RBIs in his last seven games.

  • Taylor Ward, Los Angeles Angels OF: Ward has four home runs over his last six games. All you need to know about the 2022 Angels is that all four were solo shots. He is hitting .455 during that stretch as he makes a return trip to this list.

National League Hitters

  • C.J. Abrams, Washington Nationals SS: Abrams is batting .435 with five runs, two doubles, and three stolen bases in the last six games.
  • Pete Alonso, New York Mets 1B: Alonso is getting hot at the perfect time as the Mets are trying to hold off the Braves to win the NL East crown. Alonso has two doubles, three home runs, 10 RBIs, and eight runs scored over the last five games.
  • Sean Bouchard, Colorado Rockies OF: Bouchard is hitting .467 with five RBIs and nine walks over his last six contests.
  • J.D. Davis, San Francisco Giants 3B: Davis is hitting .429 with three doubles, two home runs, and four runs scored in the last six games.
  • Bryan De La Cruz, Miami Marlins OF: De la Cruz is 12 for 22 with six doubles and two home runs over his last six games.

American League Pitchers

  • Scott Barlow, Kansas City Royals: Barlow has allowed two hits and no runs in his last 6⅓ innings. He has nine strikeouts over that time.
  • Pete Fairbanks, Tampa Bay Rays: Fairbanks has given up one hit and no runs with eight strikeouts in his last four innings.
  • Bailey Ober, Minnesota Twins: Ober has allowed 10 hits, and three runs with 18 strikeouts over his last 17⅓ innings.
  • Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels: One of the top contenders for the Most Valuable Player Award per the MLB predictions, Ohtani makes yet another appearance on this list. He is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 20 innings over his last three starts.
  • Justin Verlander, Houston Astros: Verlander continues to roll as he is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA with 21 strikeouts and two walks in 18 innings over his last three starts.

National League Pitchers

  • Joe Musgrove, San Diego Padres: Musgrove has allowed just one run with 20 strikeouts in 16 innings in his last three starts.
  • Jose Quintana, St. Louis Cardinals: Quintana is 1-1 with an 0.46 ERA in his last three starts. He has allowed 11 hits with 19 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.
  • Blake Snell, San Diego Padres: Snell has given up seven hits and one run with 26 strikeouts over 19 innings in his last two starts.
  • Julio Urias, Los Angeles Dodgers: Urias hasn’t allowed more than two runs in his last 12 starts so it is no wonder that the MLB odds have him in the running for the NL Cy Young Award.
  • Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee Brewers: Woodruff is 3-0 with an ERA of 0.90 with 31 strikeouts in 20 innings in his last three starts.

Who’s Not

American League Hitters

  • Elvis Andrus, Chicago White Sox SS: Andrus has two hits over his last 27 at-bats. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit in his last eight games.
  • Matt Chapman, Toronto Blue Jays 3B: Chapman is batting .095 with one run scored and no RBIs in his last six contests.
  • Josh Donaldson, New York Yankees 3B: Donaldson has struck out 10 times in his last 20 at-bats. He has just two hits during that time.
  • Manuel Margot, Tampa Bay Rays OF: Margot is 3 for 24 with no runs scored and seven strikeouts in his last 25 plate appearances.
  • Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Guardians 3B: One of the players listed by the MLB betting lines as an MVP candidate earlier in the year, Ramirez is 4 for 25 over his last six games.
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National League Hitters

  • Willy Adames, Milwaukee Brewers SS: Adames is batting .148 with one extra-base hit, no walks, and 10 strikeouts over his last six games.
  • Jon Berti, Miami Marlins 3B: Berti is 4 for 27 with nine strikeouts in his last six games.
  • J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia Phillies C: Realmuto is 3 for 23 with no extra-base hits in his last six games.
  • Luke Voit, Washington Nationals 1B: Voit is hitting .167 with eight strikeouts in the last six games. He does have three RBIs during that stretch.
  • Christian Walker, Arizona Diamondbacks 1B: Walker has been a bright spot in another difficult season in Arizona, but he is 3 for 19 with eight strikeouts in his last six games.

American League Pitchers

  • Jose Berrios, Toronto Blue Jays: Berrios has allowed 23 hits and 13 runs over 13⅓ innings in his last three starts.
  • Johnny Cueto, Chicago White Sox: Cueto has allowed 18 hits and 10 runs over 11⅔ innings in his last two starts.
  • Yimi Garcia, Toronto Blue Jays: Garcia has given up 12 hits and 10 runs over 5⅓ innings in his last six outings. He does have eight strikeouts during that stretch.
  • Cole Irvin, Oakland Athletics: Irvin has surrendered 27 hits and 15 runs with six home runs over his last 15⅔ innings.
  • Shane McClanahan, Tampa Bay Rays: McClanahan’s second-half struggles continue as he is 0-2 with an ERA of 9.00 in his last two starts. He has allowed 11 hits and four home runs with six walks over his last nine innings.

National League Pitchers

  • Wil Crowe, Pittsburgh Pirates: Crowe has allowed nine hits, eight runs, two home runs, and walked four in 4⅓ innings in his last four appearances.
  • Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals: The good news is that Flaherty is back. The bad news is that he has allowed 11 hits, seven runs with six walks over his last 11 innings.
  • Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks: Kennedy has surrendered 11 hits, including three home runs, to go with nine runs in his last 3⅓ innings.
  • Jordan Montgomery, St. Louis Cardinals: After a sizzling start following his trade from the New York Yankees, Montgomery has struggled a bit recently with an ERA of 8.68 in his last two starts. He has given up 14 hits and nine runs as well as four home runs in his last 9⅓ innings.
  • Jake Odorizzi, Atlanta Braves: Odorizzi has allowed 17 hits and 11 runs with seven walks in 12⅓ innings during his last three starts.

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