It’s Saturday, so it’s time to grab your coffee, tea, or whatever your morning/early afternoon beverage of choice is and dive into some notable streaks and trends across Major League Baseball. After a slow stretch in the first half of the month, MVP candidate Aaron Judge has turned things around of late, and while the Cubs expect to trade most of their players at the MLB trade deadline, Seiya Suzuki has provided a much needed boost to the team’s lineup. Seth Brown looks like a solid fantasy baseball waiver wire pickup at the moment, whereas his teammate Ramón Laureano is stuck in a slump. We also highlight a couple of slumping Miami Marlins in this week’s article. Be sure to check out our fantasy baseball waiver wire article and stock watch videos for even more content to help boost your fantasy baseball teams. Let’s take a look at some of the notable hit streaks and current trends across Major League Baseball.

MLB Stat Leaders

1Luis Arraez.3381Paul Goldschmidt.4141Yordan Alvarez.675
2Paul Goldschmidt.3312Luis Arraez.4112Aaron Judge.635
3Freddie Freeman.3243Yandy Díaz.4093Rafael Devers.602
T3Rafael Devers.324T3Yordan Alvarez.4094Mike Trout.599
5A. Benintendi/A. Kirk.3195Juan Soto.4035Paul Goldschmidt.596
xBAxwOBAHard Hit%
1Yordan Alvarez.3351Yordan Alvarez.4741Yordan Alvarez61.9
2Freddie Freeman.3222Aaron Judge.4362Aaron Judge60.9
3Bryce Harper.3203Bryce Harper.4223Mike Trout55.1
4Michael Brantley.3104Freddie Freeman.4174Austin Riley54.5
5Tim Anderson.3045Juan Soto.4145Franmil Reyes53.8

MLB Hit Streaks

Hit Streaks
14Austin Riley581224713313.414/.443/.862
11Carson Kelly387162626.421/.450/.684
10Freddie Freeman38112141051.553/.600/1.026
10Isiah Kiner-Falefa351110904.314/.324/.400
9Charlie Blackmon4071621214.400/.405/.700
9Trea Turner3911143916.359/.375/.641
9José Abreu334141731.424/.487/.576
9Ke'Bryan Hayes364111344.306/.375/.472


Who’s Hot


Dating back to before the All-Star break, Seiya Suzuki has a seven-game hit streak where he is hitting .448 with a .454 wOBA and 195 wRC+. He homered once among four hits yesterday, and he’s provided a much needed boost to the Chicago lineup since his return from his finger injury. Since returning to the lineup, he’s hitting .400 with three home runs, seven RBI and a 1.044 OPS. I doubt he’s available in many fantasy baseball leagues out there, but if he is, go get him immediately.



Yesterday’s two-hit performance gives Seth Brown three multi-hit efforts in a row, and despite hitting just .227 on the year, he's hit safely in 10 of his last 11 contests. During this run, he’s hitting .302 with a .512 slugging percentage, and his 20.9 percent strikeout rate is nearly five percentage points below his mark for the entire season (25.2%). Brown is a great pickup in fantasy baseball leagues at the moment, because he’s seeing the ball well, and when he does make contact, his 89th-percentile max exit velocity and 80th percentile xSLG typically lead to good outcomes, especially power wise. He can’t hit southpaws, so keep that in mind, but if you can make daily moves, fire him up against righties, as he has a .211 ISO and 110 wRC+ against them.



A few editions back of this article, Aaron Judge was in the latter of the two sections here, but I said not to fret. Well, Judge is back. Over his last five games, he’s hitting an even .500 with five home runs, 11 RBI, nine runs scored and an insane 2.057 OPS. After hitting just .200 with a 32.7 percent strikeout rate in the first half of the month, Judge has turned it on of late, and the elevated contact rate is likely a key piece of the recent turnaround.



Who’s Not


Garrett Cooper got the All-Star nod, but he’s been struggling for quite some time now. Over his last 24 at-bats, he has just one hit compared to 11 strikeouts, and when you look at his past 51 at-bats, he’s hitting just .078 with 22 strikeouts. Cooper hit .289 in May and .378 in June, but in July, he’s hitting just .133 with an insane 34.8 percent strikeout rate.




Ramón Laureano is hitting .207 over his last seven games, and he does have three home runs, which has been nice. However, 12 strikeouts in 29 at-bats is a problem, and his 31.2 percent strikeout rate is his highest of any month this season. In fact, his strikeout rate has jumped up in each month of the season. If Laureano isn’t hitting the ball well, his split issues make him a tough trust in weekly formats if you cannot adjust your lineup daily. He’s hitting .283 with an .894 OPS against southpaws this season, compared to a .219 average and .673 OPS.



This isn’t the section where you want multiple teammates, but alas, here we are. Over the last seven calendar days, which has spanned the All-Star break, Jorge Soler is hitting .077 with just one hit compared to eight strikeouts across 13 at-bats. Soler missed some time with the injury, and since returning, he’s been held hitless in four of five games, and he has multiple strikeouts in three of those five contests. The power is legit with Soler, but the strikeouts are up slightly compared to last year, and his 13.2 percent swinging strike rate is his highest mark since 2019.


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