En las nubes / In the clouds | ESP-ENG
EN LAS NUBES / IN THE CLOUDS
Every week in MLB is full of good performances of the teams, and these come from their players who are responsible for giving life to a whole set with their individual records, which in one way or another impact on the performance of the same, and that lead us to see who are the most outstanding in each department; Based on a universe of 750 players, if we say that each ninth has a roster of 25 players, it is a representative sample so that those who stand out among that number, have the necessary merits to be called the best of each week, especially if they are Latinos, which are only a small percentage of the total active elements in this game each season.
NOVATO SENSACIÓN / ROOKIE SENSATION
Since his call-up in September of last season to the New York Mets' big team, Francisco Alvarez showed from the very first moment that he was ready for action at this level, although not everything went as planned, Alvarez gradually got into the rhythm and took his first steps, leaving evidence that with perseverance and adaptation to certain things, he would do better, or rather, he would fit in a way, which was what everyone and his manager needed.
Being an active player of a team in the Big Apple, either the Yankees or New York Mets is not easy, and more if it is the number 2 position as is the catcher, almost full time in this week just passed, the Guatire Venezuela, in 6 games behind the plate, He hit a total of 3 homers and towed 8 runs, accumulating a batting average of 409 to total a SLG and an OPS of 909 and 1367 respectively, something that is good news for Queens, who see in the future of the position, a young talent that begins to bear fruit as a starter.
IMPONENTE / IMPONENT
On the other side of the league and the country, we go to the state of California, to Los Angeles, where the experienced player J. D Martinez of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is perhaps in one of his best seasons with respect to the bat, I say this because what he has shown in this week that has just ended, shows that his swing is in very good condition, and his numbers left on the field with the wood, give evidence of it, a contact and strength that have always characterized him, not needing so much equipment when hitting the ball, just relying on a good technique and his muscles.
The style of batting of this American player of Cuban roots, in particular I like a lot, he is not the typical player with that long swing, but with a contact that leads him to hit the ball well and that it travels the distances required to overcome the fence, I remember very well when wearing the jersey of the Arizona Diamondbacks a few years ago and against his current team, the Dodgers, he connected 4 homers in the same game, this being a proof of what he is capable of doing, Martinez in the last week hit for 429 average, giving 4 homers in one game, this being a proof of what he is capable of doing, Martinez last week hit an average of 429, giving 4 homers, to tow 8 teammates, at his 35 years of age, these are records that are very important for him and his team.
CUBANO RECORD / CUBAN RECORD
We all know the talent of the Cuban player, but this one in particular is something that I would say is kind of silent, Jorge Soler's numbers are very evident, but he is not a typical very famous player, he performs without making much noise and is more than enough to lead several offensive departments of the Miami Marlins in this 2023, which keeps them in a surprising second place in the ''east'' only behind the Atlanta Braves and above another of the favorites in this sector, the New York Mets.
What he did last week was also good with the wood, but what I would like to highlight about him, is what he achieved at the individual level with respect to numbers coming from players of his native Cuba, equaling the renowned Jose Canseco as the only 2 Antillean players to harvest more than 12 homers, and more than 25 runs batted in, in a month of May, closing this month that just ended, the truth is that I never understood how the Atlanta Braves let him go, after such a great performance on his part, which led them to the championship two seasons ago against the Houston Astros. ''It will dawn and we'll see''.