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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Time to Judge Best Betts

The cream is rising to the top as the players in contention for the major individual awards are continuing their impressive seasons.

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels continue to produce and are making it hard on those who vote for the American League MVP award. San Diego’s Manny Machado, Nolan Arenado of the St. Louis Cardinals, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ star Mookie Betts are among the National League MVP candidates making another appearance on the Who’s Hot list.

A look at Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

According to the MLB playoff odds, Betts and the Dodgers (+300) have the best odds to win the World Series. Defending World Series champion Atlanta is riding the pitching of young stars Spencer Strider and Kyle Wright to continue to apply pressure to the NL East-leading New York Mets.

Who’s Hot

  • American League Hitters

    • Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox SS: Bogaerts is hitting .464 with six runs and four extra-base hits in his last seven games.
    • Yandy Diaz, Tampa Bay Rays 3B: Diaz is 11-for-22 with four doubles, a home run, six runs scored and three walks over the last five games.
    • Aaron Judge, New York Yankees OF: Judge isn’t getting many opportunities to hit with eight walks in his last six games. However, three of his last five hits are home runs. The sportsbook lists the Yankees (+450) behind only Houston among American League teams in the odds to win the World Series.
    • Nathaniel Lowe, Texas Rangers 1B: Lowe continues his late surge as he is batting .476 with a .577 on-base percentage in his last six games.
    • Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels P-DH: Yet another appearance on the Who’s Hot list for Ohtani who is listed by the MLB betting lines as one of the favorites in the American League MVP race. Ohtani is hitting .391 with a .913 slugging percentage over his last six games with three home runs and nine RBIs in that stretch.

  • National League Hitters

    • Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals 3B: Arenado is 10-for-22 with five-extra base hits and just two strikeouts over his last five games.
    • Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers OF: Betts is hitting .407 with three doubles, five home runs, seven runs scored and eight RBIs over the last seven games.
    • TJ Friedl, Cincinnati Reds OF: Friedl is hitting .429 with a slugging percentage of .857 over his last six games with four of his last nine hits going for extra bases.
    • Michael Harris, Atlanta Braves OF: Harris is hitting .455 with an on-base percentage of .500 in his last six contests. He has four doubles and a home run during that stretch.
    • Manny Machado, San Diego Padres 3B: Machado has at least two hits in four of his last five games. He is 11-for-24 with three doubles, two home runs, five runs and nine RBIs during that time as the Padres make a push for the playoffs.
  • American League Pitchers

    • Kyle Bradish, Baltimore Orioles: Bradish has not allowed a run in his last two starts. He has allowed four hits and struck out 11 in 15 innings as he won both of those starts.
    • Emmanuel Clase, Cleveland Guardians: Clase hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 11 appearances. He had six saves during that time as he allowed three hits and struck out 11 in 9.1 innings.
    • Lance Lynn, Chicago White Sox: Lynn is 1-0 with a 1.45 ERA in his last three starts. He has struck out 22 and walked just two in 18.2 innings during those outings.
    • Alek Manoah, Toronto Blue Jays: Manoah has given up eight hits and two earned runs with 16 strikeouts in 13 innings over his last two starts.
    • Patrick Sandoval, Los Angeles Angels: Sandoval had a 1.39 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 32.1 innings in five August starts.
  • National League Pitchers

    • Sam Coonrod, Philadelphia Phillies: Coonrod has not allowed an earned run in five games since returning to the majors last month. He has given up two hits and struck out seven in six innings.
    • Kyle Finnegan, Washington Nationals: Not many Nationals pitchers have made the Who’s Hot list in 2022, but Finnegan hasn’t given up a run in his last nine outings. He has allowed four hits with 11 strikeouts in 9.1 innings and picked up four saves during that stretch.
    • Zac Gallen, Arizona Diamondbacks: Gallen hasn’t allowed a run in his last five starts. He is 4-0 during that time with 14 hits allowed and 39 strikeouts in 34.1 innings.
    • Spencer Strider, Atlanta Braves: Strider is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.90 in his last three starts. He has allowed 11 hits and struck out 32 (16 coming in his last start) in 20 innings during that stretch.
    • Kyle Wright, Atlanta Braves: Wright is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 20 innings over his last three starts.

Who’s Not

  • American League Hitters

    • Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox 3B: Devers is 2-for-25 over his last six games. The good news for the Red Sox is that the two hits came in his most recent outing.
    • Oscar Gonzalez, Cleveland Guardians OF: Gonzalez is hitting .083 over his last six games and he doesn’t have an extra-base hit in his last seven contests.
    • Shea Langeliers, Oakland Athletics C: The rookie catcher has struck out in 11 of his last 23 plate appearances. He has two hits over the last five games.
    • Ryan Mountcastle, Baltimore Orioles 1B: Mountcastle is 2-for-21 with eight strikeouts over his last six games.
    • Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees DH: So much for Stanton’s return stopping the slide for the Yankees. He is 2-for-19 over his last five games and has no extra-base hits in six games since coming off the injured list.
  • National League Hitters

    • Pete Alonso, New York Mets 1B: Alonso has no extra-base hits over his last six games. He is hitting .217 with one RBI during that span.
    • Garrett Cooper, Miami Marlins 1B: Cooper is 1-for-22 over the last six games with nine strikeouts.
    • Vaughn Grissom, Atlanta Braves IF: Grissom is hitting .136 with no extra-base hits in his last six games.
    • Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates 3B: Hayes is batting .095 with seven strikeouts in his last six contests.
    • Brendan Rodgers, Colorado Rockies 2B: Rodgers has three hits in his last 22 at-bats, although two of those have gone for extra bases.
  • American League Pitchers

    • Cutter Crawford, Boston Red Sox: Crawford is 0-2 with a 12.08 ERA in his last two starts. He has allowed 25 hits and walked six over 12.2 innings in those outings.
    • Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox: Giolito is 1-2 with a 7.98 ERA in his last three starts. He has allowed four home runs in those outings.
    • James Kaprielian, Oakland Athletics: Kaprielian has walked 11 hits over his last 13.1 innings. He has also given up 17 hits and 15 runs during that time.
    • Norge Ruiz, Oakland Athletics: Ruiz has surrendered 17 hits and 11 runs in 6.2 innings in his last four appearances.
    • Mitch White, Toronto Blue Jays: White is 0-2 with a 9.22 ERA in his last two starts. He has allowed 23 hits and 14 runs in 13.2 innings.
  • National League Pitchers

    • Madison Bumgarner, Arizona Diamondbacks: Bumgarner has allowed 18 hits, 12 runs and three home runs over nine innings during his last two starts.
    • Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies: Nola has allowed 23 hits and 13 runs over 18 innings in his last three starts.
    • Blake Snell, San Diego Padres: Snell’s up-and-down season continues as he has surrendered 19 hits and nine runs over his last 14.1 innings.
    • Jose Urena, Colorado Rockies: Urena has surrendered 18 hits and 14 runs to go with seven walks in 13 innings over his last three starts.
    • Alex Wood, San Francisco Giants: Wood has allowed 18 hits, including five home runs, and 19 runs over 12.1 innings in his last three starts.

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