Another week of the 2016 MLB season is in the books, and though no one got punched in the face this time around there’s still some baseball worth talking about.
Here are your highlights from the past week:
JBJ’s Hit Streak Ends At 29, Xander Bogaerts’ Continues
Jackie Bradley Jr. finally saw his amazing 29-game hit streak come to an end Thursday against the Rockies. The Red Sox center fielder hit two balls to the warning track, but unfortunately luck wasn’t on his side.
His numbers over the course of his hitting streak were insane (per Boston.com)
Props to JBJ for such an awesome run, but now it’s time to shift our attention to another guy in Boston’s lineup: Xander Bogaerts. The 23-year-old shortstop is in the midst of a 22-game hit streak while batting a cool .351 on the season.
Bryce Harper Is Struggling
Bryce Harper followed up his tremendous April with a sub-par (to put it lightly) May. As of today, he’s hitting .205 for the month with four homers and 10 RBI. Harper slugged .714 in April but only .372 in May. His OBP is slightly higher this month, but that’s only because the Cubs decided to walk him a million times in their series a couple weeks back.
That being said, he’s been showing signs that the slump is coming to an end. One of those signs was a MOONSHOT homer he hit before cutting up his batting gloves on Friday. Still, you can tell he’s not pleased with himself.
Bryce Harper did not enjoy that at bat pic.twitter.com/YHf0LRRnI6
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) May 29, 2016
Chase Utley Continues To Haunt the Mets
At this point, I couldn’t imagine being a Mets fan and having to still deal with Chase Utley.
The Dodgers and Mets faced off at Citi Field where Utley, as expected, didn’t get the warmest reception. Obviously, that’s because of last October when Utley slid into second base and destroyed shortstop Ruben Tejada’s leg.
Noah Syndergaard threw behind Utley in the third inning and was immediately ejected.
Retaliation? Noah Syndergaard threw behind Chase Utley & was ejected.
Terry Collins was livid & got tossed too.https://t.co/LqL4Qax0YS
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 29, 2016
As if that wasn’t already terrible enough for the Mets and their fans, Utley went on to do this later in the game:
Oh, and this:
Royals Score Seven Runs In Ninth Inning, Shock White Sox
The Royals swept the White Sox with three comeback victories. The big one was Saturday when Kansas City scored seven (!) runs with one out in the ninth inning to walk off with the win.
The series put the Royals atop the AL Central as Chicago slid to third place, though they’re still just one game back in the tightly contested division.
Check back next Monday for another recap and be sure to give our MLB podcast “The Eephus” a listen. New episodes are released every other Monday.