The Major League Baseball regular season lasts six months, which allows us to divide it into six parts. Each part has the same value, although it always gives us the impression that the first and last months are the ones that count the most.
As we’ve been doing all season, after wrapping up another electrifying month of baseball, we featured an All-Star Team from every position, in every league, for August.
LN: Will Smith, Dodgers
LA: Salvador Pérez, Royals
Pérez is one of the major league catchers who takes the fewest days off. However, he has not shown any indication of being fatigued at this point in the season. In fact, the Venezuelan was the major league home run leader in August. For his part, Smith also hit seven home runs, but most impressive was his .409 on-base percentage last month.
LN: CJ Cron, Rockies
LA: Bobby Dalbec, Red Sox
Cron should have been traded before the trade deadline, but the Rockies have taken advantage of his production in August, as the first baseman led the majors with a .828 slugging that month. For his part, Dalbec was the leader of the American League with a .774 slugging.
LN: Tommy Edman, Cardinals
LA: Brandon Lowe, Rays
If you recall, at this point in last year’s season, Lowe looked like the best hitter on the Rays and even a possible candidate for the AL Most Valuable Player award. Once again, the second baseman is getting into a rhythm down the stretch. Who says this team doesn’t have stars?
In the NL, there wasn’t much to choose from at second base, but Edman has helped keep the Cardinals in contention for the Wilds, even as the bullpen has started to squander almost every advantage.
LN: Dansby Swanson, Braves
LA: Wander Franco, Rays
Franco made himself felt last month. The Dominican had a line of .313 / .382 / .485 in August and led the majors in runs scored. It looks like this guy is going to take the bat for a long time. And Swanson represents one half of a left side of the infield that could guide the Braves to the playoffs.
LN: Austin Riley, Braves
LA: José Ramírez, Indians
Riley has given Atlanta the much-needed thunder after the injury of Ronald Acuña Jr., but it’s not just about power: His 39 hits led the Old Circuit this month. Is it possible that I will receive some votes for MVP? Ramírez continues to march at full speed for a team that is practically out of contention. Sometimes, the Quisqueyano looks like the only figure left in the Tribe.
LN: Bryce Harper, Phillies; Tyler Naquin, Reds; Juan José Soto, Nationals
LA: Cuban Randy Arozarena, Rays; Starling Mars, Athletics; Aaron Judge, Yankees
Had Philadelphia gained more ground in the NL East, Harper would have made his case for MVP. But it probably isn’t. Arozarena would be on his way to earning the Young Circuit Rookie of the Year award – although some may wonder, how is he still a rookie? For the first time, Judge and his partner Giancarlo Stanton displayed their thunder together. This was how the Bombers planned it from the beginning. Also, Naquin is on again. Soto had a .505 on-base percentage in August, which is a good way to get on this list.
Also, who realized that Mars stole 19 bases in August?
LA: Cuban Yordan Álvarez, Astros
For the first time all season, it is not Shohei Ohtani. Let’s compare the month of Ohtani and Álvarez:
It’s impressive: Even in a “slow” month, Ohtani still reached more than a player who has slugging almost double. Some would even think that teams no longer want to pitch to him.
LN: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals; Walker Buehler, Dodgers; Logan Webb, Giants; Max Scherzer, Dodgers
LA: Marco Gonzales, Mariners; Cal Quantrill, Indians; Robbie Ray, Blue Jays; Dylan Cease, White Sox
While Max Fried, who also had an excellent August, is worth mentioning, it’s almost impossible to exclude these four pitchers from the Old Circuit. Wainwright turned 40 on Monday. Here, their numbers in August:
5-1, 44 IL (first in MLB), 1 HR conceded, 1.43 ERA.
LN: Josh Hader, Brewers; Jose Alvarez, Giants
LA: Emmanuel Clase, Indios; Jonathan Loáisiga, Yankees
With relievers, you have to pick the ones who are fired up – Cardinals right-hander Luis Garcia pitched 15 blank innings in August and wasn’t even on the roster – but it’s almost impossible not to give him a spot on the list. this list to Hader every month.