Sport Three Up, Three Down: Home run hitters are heating up

17:20  21 april  2017
17:20  21 april  2017 Source:   Yardbarker

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" Three Up , Three Down " is our Tuesday topic at the sportspa.blogspot.com during the MLB season. In these articles, we attempt to showcase three of the hottest hitters in baseball, and also three players whose fantasy stock has taken a hit. These players are Up / Down in my eyes

" Three Up , Three Down " is our Tuesday topic at the sportspa.blogspot.com during the MLB season. In these articles, we attempt to showcase three of the hottest hitters in baseball, and also three players whose fantasy stock has taken a hit. Since it's pretty difficult to narrow it down to three

Welcome to this week's edition of Three Up, Three Down — your weekly catch-up of the three best highlights (and lowlights) from around the league. We're here for all of the cheers and the jeers, because it's baseball. You can't have a winner without someone losing along the way.

This week, we have some hot and cold outfielders, along with some evidence that robotic umpires may not be such a bad idea.

Up: Yoenis Cespedes goes on a grand home run tour

Yoenis Cespedes may not be the league leader in home runs anymore — trust me, we'll get to that later — but he made a strong surge to the top of the dinger leadearboard this past week. He had a stretch where he had five homers in three games, and almost all of them were of the monster variety.

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three up , three down . The most famous Major League ballplayer who was truly a two-way player was Babe Ruth, who in his early career was an outstanding pitcher but later played in the outfield — and was one of the greatest home run hitters of all-time.

Cespedes has a tendency to explode in bursts, and he did just that with that power surge from last week. It's no shock that he broke out like this — it's part of the reason why he signed such a lavish contract over the offseason — but it's always entertaining and mesmerizing to watch him swing the bat when he's in the zone like he was. It's a safe bet that this probably won't be the last time this season he goes on a tear that makes ballparks across Major League Baseball look extremely small when he hits the ball.

Down: C.B. Bucknor calls the worst game of his career

It's natural for fans to get angry at umpires for missing calls here and there. It's part of human nature to feel that way when other humans make mistakes that have an adverse effect on something that we care about. However, it's another story when the mistakes are constant, and that's the case with C.B. Bucknor as an umpire.

WATCH: Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea

  WATCH: Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea Watch the highlights as Jose Mourinho got the better of former club Chelsea as Manchester United won 2-0 at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho got the better of former club Chelsea as Manchester United injected life into their top-four hopes - and the Premier League title race.

MLB’s Top 50 Home Run Hitters of All Time. Three hundred and sixty-eight of Andruw Jones’s home runs came in an Atlanta Braves uniform, highlighted by a 51 HR campaign in 2005. David Ortiz still has time to climb further up this list but currently sits at 503 all-time home runs , including a

The three selections in the Three Up section all are more valuable in a fantasy league than in real life, while the Three Down players contribute in ways that If he moves over to an American League team, maybe he’ll get him some at-bats as a designated hitter and spare us from watching plays like this one.

Bucknor has had some bad games during his time as an umpire, but his magnum opus of horrible umpiring came on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park during a Braves/Nationals game. His strike zone was all over the place, and he was somehow convinced that a swinging miss from Chase d'Arnaud to end the game was actually a foul tip. We're only in mid-April, but it'll be shocking if any MLB umpire can "top" the performance that C.B. Bucknor delivered behind the plate this past Tuesday.

Up: Eric Thames returns from Korea with a vengeance

While Yoenis Cespedes may have gone on a tear recently, anybody could have seen that coming. Meanwhile, it would be very dubious on your part if you were to claim that you saw the power surge of Eric Thames coming. Not only is he leading baseball in home runs, he's hitting the  ball at an incredibly productive clip at the moment. He's hitting for power, he's hitting for contact, he's just plain hitting and he's making the Brewers look like geniuses for bringing him back stateside from South Korea.

Royals seek to avoid four-game sweep at Texas

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The following list shows the players with the lowest career home run averages, in other words the top Non- Home Run Hitters . The list is broken down into four groups, based on length of service. Three other players reached the 650 mark: Maury Wills in 1965, Larry Bowa in 1971 and Dave Cash in 1977.

In all, Martinez is up to 189 for his career and has five postseason homers to his credit, three of them with the Tigers. The leading home run hitter in baseball this year is Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz.

Eric Thames has been mashing for the Milwaukee Brewers this season. © Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK Eric Thames has been mashing for the Milwaukee Brewers this season.

It's still very early in the season, and this could end up being one of those infamous early-season mirages that happen so often in baseball. However, there's reason to believe (via FanGraphs) that Eric Thames could keep this up for most of this season and end up being a very productive player for Milwaukee. Plus, Thames' success is proof that going away for a while and coming back with a thick beard is indeed an infallible recipe for success.

Down: Starling Marte gets suspended and dooms Pirates

Over the past couple of seasons, Starling Marte has built up a reputation of being one of the most underrated star players in baseball. Things were looking up for Marte after he capped off a weekend sweep with a walkoff home run against the Braves. Unfortunately, his reputation is going to take a bit of a hit after he became the first big name to fail a test for using PEDs in 2017.

Marte will be forced to sit out 80 games, and he'll also be ineligible for the postseason should Pittsburgh make it to the promised land of October baseball. With that being said, those hopes may already be dashed for the Pirates. They're in the same division as the defending World Series champions, and Marte was the absolute last player they needed to be out for half of the season. Instead, the Pirates will have to find a way to make it work without him, and Marte will return in 80 games with that black mark on his record.

Braves call up Lane Adams in search for bench production

  Braves call up Lane Adams in search for bench production The longtime minor-league outfielder was tearing up Triple-A pitching.The Atlanta Braves will give longtime minor-leaguer Lane Adams an opportunity to improve its beleaguered bench production.

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Up: Bryce Harper could be back in MVP form

Bryce  Harper had a bit of a letdown season in 2016 after it looked like he was ready to take over the baseball world following his astonishing 2015 season that earned him the NL MVP award. It seems like Harper's trying to make up for his season of being normal by returning to the status of the elite with the start that he's gotten off to in 2017.

He currently has six homers to his name, with the sixth dinger of the season being a grand slam that basically ended Wednesday's game for the Nationals and gave them the victory. This was in addition to the monster game that he had on Sunday against the Phillies, which he capped off with a walkoff three-run home run to win it for Washington. It seems like Bryce Harper is locked in, and he could be ready to turn his 2016 season into a thing of the distant past.

Down: Blue Jays get off to an absolutely awful start

You  can't make or miss the playoffs in April, but you can definitely make things easier or harder on yourself with your performance at the beginning of the marathon. Unfortunately for our friends north of the  border, the Toronto Blue Jays have made things very hard on themselves with their 3-11 start to the season.

There's always a possibility that the Blue Jays could go on a run that's the exact opposite of the one that they're on. However, they probably would've been better off just not even getting off to this bad start to begin with, because teams that have gotten off to the start that they have don't normally make the playoffs. The past couple of years have been very fun for the Blue Jays and their fans, but now they're on a huge uphill climb to return to the playoffs, and they'll have to play some great baseball in order to make up for this horrid start.

Bulls weird media day features Robin Lopez's dog, Bobby Portis' heating pad burn .
Through questionable free agent signings, fights among backcourt teammates, an unexpected playoff revival, and non-stop injuries, Chicago Bulls fans thought they'd seen and heard it all.That is until the team held its exit interviews with the media a day after they were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs.It started with Robin Lopez bringing his dog to interviews.Robin Lopez brought his dog Muppet to his closeout interview today. pic.twitter.com/qYuI77PXxC— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) April 29, 2017He spoke to the audience while carry his dog-son named Muppet like a child.

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