Five of the hottest hitters in the majors

Nolan Arenado - Photo Credit - James Bailey

Nolan Arenado – Photo Credit – James Bailey

Hot streaks happen. It’s just a part of the game. During a long 162-game season, even a guy who finishes with a .150 batting average has some kind of stretch where he just saw the ball VERY well.

Hot streaks are what makes the game of baseball fun. Remember when Adrian Gonzalez started the year on a tear? Remember how exciting it was to watch one of his at-bats?

Most recently, Bryce Harper. He was on just another level of “good” at the beginning of May.

It’s just very exciting. Let’s look at some of the hitters that have helped their team a ton by hitting the beach ball..I mean baseball.

Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds

You could make the case that Frazier has been the Reds best offensive player for the past two seasons, and he has kicked it up a notch lately.

The Reds have played much better baseball recently, and Frazier has been the guy, batting .666 (10-15) over the past four games with 7 extra-base hits (3 HR, 4 doubles) and 5 RBIs. His 9 homers during the month of May set a career high for homers in a calendar month.

Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies

The Rockies have won four straight games and seven of their last eight.

They are still in last place, and with the division that they are in, it probably will not change. The one bright spot on their team is their star third baseman.

Arenado has been amazing lately, batting .428 (12-28) over the last seven games and driving in 14 runs. His offense has been good all season, but his glove will make him a superstar.

Billy Burns – Oakland Athletics

Burns is another guy stuck on a last-place team, but he has been a bright spot. He has taken over that centerfield position that was recently manned by Coco Crisp, and Burns has thrived in that leadoff spot.

Lately, the A’s have seen why he is their everyday centerfielder, as he has batted .394 (15-38) with 9 runs and 4 stolen bases over the last nine games.

It might be a long season for the A’s as a team, but there are bright spots. with emerging star Stephen Vogt, Burns is one of them.

Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

The D’Backs played a 17-inning game versus the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday and Goldschmidt reached base an astonishing SEVEN times during the game.

During the extra innings, the Brewers did mot even attempt to pitch to him, as they intentionally walked him three different times. That’s the power of fear.

It was not only that game though.

Goldschmidt has batted .500 (14-28), with 4 HR’s and 8 RBIs over the past 7 games and has drawn 9 walks.

Something tells me that he has had a couple of stretches like this. Something also tells me that he will have ANOTHER one like this.

Paul Goldschmidt - Photo Credit - Nathan Rupert

Paul Goldschmidt – Photo Credit – Nathan Rupert

Josh Donaldson & Jose Reyes – Toronto Blue Jays

It was only right to put these two players under the same category. You know, same team and all.

Donaldson has been the best offensive player this season for the Jays and he had an incredible week, especially against the Chicago White Sox, where he had a 5-run game, including a solo HR in the first inning and a three-run walkoff HR to end the game.

The next day, he broke closer David Robertson‘s spirits again as he hit a game-tying 9th inning HR off of him.

Overall, he is batting .440 (11-25) with 6 HR’s and 11 RBIs over the past six games and the most surprising stat was the fact that he has only struck out once during the stretch.

Donaldson’s teammate, Jose Reyes, recently returned from the DL after missing about a month with cracked ribs, and is batting .344 (10-29) with 4 doubles since returning and has driven in 3 runs.

Khristian Peel

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