MLB Staff of the Week: Yankees’ Aaron Choose not slowing down

By Ben Verlander
FOX Sports activities MLB Analyst

Popping out of the All-Star break, no one has been higher than Yankees slugger Aaron Judge

In 5 video games to complete the week, Choose hit 4 house runs and recorded 11 RBIs. In whole, he went 9-for-19.

Choose is having a historic season after turning down the Yankees’ huge contract provide, and he has put himself in nice place to make some huge cash this winter. 

With 37 house runs and a 62-homer tempo, Choose is monitoring to interrupt the Yankees’ single-season house run document, held by Roger Maris with 61. Choose had an unbelievable first half of the 2022 season, and this previous week confirmed that he has no plans to decelerate.

Astros’ Yordan Álvarez and Yankees’ Aaron Choose headline Staff of the Week

The primary Staff of the Week of the second half is led by the Yankees’ Aaron Choose, the Astros’ Justin Verlander and Yordan Álvarez, and the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts.

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Welcome to the MLB Staff of the Week, the place I spotlight gamers who had standout performances over the previous seven days. 

C Christian Vazquez, Red Sox

Vazquez hit .444 on the week with two house runs and was the one vibrant spot for the Purple Sox. When Vasquez scores this season, the Sox are 16-7.

1B Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals

Goldschmidt and Freddie Freeman had related numbers this week, with each hitting .444 with two homers. It was Goldschmidt’s homer within the All-Star Sport that pushed him excessive for me. The NL MVP front-runner has been phenomenal this season. 

2B DJ LeMahieu, Yankees

LeMahieu had successful in each recreation he performed this week and completed batting .500 with a homer. He’s presently in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak and a 12-game on-base streak.

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3B Austin Riley, Braves

Not many groups are hotter than the Braves, and never many gamers have been hotter than Riley. He hit .545 this week, with a house run and two RBIs. He is on a 16-game hitting streak, one of the best lively streak in MLB.

SS Nico Hoerner, Cubs

Hoerner is one in all 5 MLB shortstops hitting .300 or higher, together with Jose Iglesias, Trea Turner, Tim Anderson and Xander Bogaerts. This week, Hoerner improved his season common by going 5-for-14 (.357) with a house run and 4 RBIs.

OF Mookie Betts, Dodgers 

Betts hit profession house run No. 200 final week and tacked on one other for good measure. Within the Dodgers’ sequence in opposition to the Giants, he had a large, eighth-inning, three-run homer and ended the sport with a fantastic, diving play in proper area.

Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman and the Dodgers’ dominance

Ben Verlander talks concerning the Dodgers’ dominance, with a double-digit lead within the NL West regardless of lacking Walker Buehler and Daniel Hudson, and the way Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman and Justin Turner have stepped up.

OF Hunter Renfroe, Brewers

Renfroe had a house run in each recreation of the weekend sequence, hitting .385. On the week, he tallied seven RBIs to go along with two homers. The Brew Crew desperately want his offensive manufacturing within the lineup. 

DH Yordan Alvarez, Astros

Alvarez missed a little bit of time earlier than the break attributable to a hand harm. Then he homered in his first two video games again and hit .333 on the week, with 5 RBIs. Alvarez leads MLB in slugging proportion (.668) and OPS (1.075).

SP Justin Verlander, Astros

On Saturday in Seattle, Verlander threw seven innings, struck out 9 and constantly hit 99 mph within the seventh, which is the toughest he has thrown since 2017. Verlander now has 5 consecutive begins permitting one or zero earned runs.

Houston Astros are nonetheless the group to beat within the American League

Ben Verlander dives into the Astros’ scorching streak, together with sweeping the Yankees, ending the Mariners’ successful streak and nice performances by Justin Verlander and Yordan Alvarez.

RP Jordan Romano, Blue Jays

Romano leads the American League with 21 saves after shutting the door twice up to now week. He threw 2.1 innings, didn’t enable successful or run and struck out three batters.

Ben Verlander is an MLB Analyst for FOX Sports activities and the host of the “Flippin’ Bats” podcast. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Verlander was an All-American at Previous Dominion College earlier than he joined his brother, Justin, in Detroit as a 14th-round decide of the Tigers in 2013. He spent 5 years within the Tigers group. Observe him on Twitter @BenVerlander.

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