When I left Jose Martinez off my Top 100 Hitter rankings earlier in the season people were calling for Grey to take my head. Well maybe this is why I was hesitant: Martinez hasn’t homered since June 30th. Oh wait, let me make that even more shocking — he hasn’t scored a run since June 30th. He also only has 1 XBH since June 30th. I like JMart, really I do. But we all need to pump our brakes on him. If he keeps up this “pace” — he’ll find himself just like Eric Hosmer off my Top 100 list and onto Chris Jericho’s list.
Cody Bellinger was enjoying a fine season until the end of June too. He had 49 runs, 16 HRs, 40 RBI and even 5 stolen bases with a .832 OPS. Like Martinez, Bellinger’s power has disappeared in this past month. He only has 1 HR and 4 RBI in 90 ABs.
You have to wonder if Max Muncy absorbed Bellinger’s power in some Space Jam Monstar style scheme. Bellinger and Martinez owners have to hope that Mike Trout beats the Monstars in Space Slam and gets Bellinger’s powers back. Or would it be Bryce Harper? Mike Trout apparently doesn’t use his personal marketing department enough.
- Jean Segura, SS, SEA: Segura had a lot of upward momentum over his first 60 games on pace to set career highs in most 5×5 categories and making his first All Star Game since 2013. He had 47 runs, 5 HRs, 40 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Well, over his last 35 games he only has 1 stolen base and 2 HRs. Segura was dealing with an arm infection at the end of June and you have to wonder if he’s just struggling through that right now.
- Khris Davis, OF, OAK: I don’t know if Davis would’ve moved up much before Sunday. After all, he’d only hit 1 HR in his previous 108 ABs. Then he went ahead and launched 6 HRs in 4 games and I had to take notice. Oakland and Seattle are going to battle it out for the right to face the Yankees until the end of September. Davis won’t hit 6 HRs in 4 days again, but man imagine if he did? Sonny Gray’s former team might just stand a chance to top his current team.
- Ian Desmond, 1B/OF, COL: Desmond didn’t get his batting average above .200 until June 15th. Yes, he had 12 HRs and 7 SBs, but if you can’t bat your weight (215) then you don’t deserve to be high in my rankings. Well, since June 15th the HRs (7) and SBs (5) have still been there, but he’s hitting .331 over those 33 games. Oh and don’t forget — Desmond’s best month is August. He is a career .292 hitter in August so the best is yet to come and won’t that be fine.
- Matt Carpenter, 1B/2B/3B, STL: Like Desmond, Carpenter was struggling in a big way to start the season. On June 7th he was only hitting .225 with 7 HRs. Well in his 41 games since that date he’s hit 18 HRs with 41 runs, 32 RBI and a .342 AVG. However, unlike Desmond, Carpenter’s worst month for his career is August where he has a .261 AVG and .793 OPS. Not bad, but this might be a good sell high opportunity for Carpenter owners.
Top 100 Hitters
GREEN: Rising | BLUE: New Additions | RED: Falling