Who's Hot/Not - Week 1 - 2021

Yermin Mercedes (DH, Chicago White Sox)


Quick Hits:

  • Started 8/8

  • League Leader in Hits: 15

  • 310 OPS+

Analysis: Mercedes stepped into the lineup after Eloy Jimenez tore his pectoral muscle trying to rob a home run during spring training. While the White Sox acted like Jimenez died (hung a jersey in his locker, held a tiny ceremony before their first game) Mercedes has filled that spot offensively. He started 8/8, the first time since 1900, and continued on hitting .368 after (for a total of 15/27). While the average exit Velo isn’t there (24th percentile), his xBA has him top 5 at .431.

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Joe Musgrove (SP, San Diego Padres)


Quick Hits:

  • First No-Hitter in SD History

  • .99 FIP

  • 3 Hits over 15IP

Analysis: In his first start, Musgrove went six innings with eight strikeouts while giving up three hits with no earned runs. Pretty solid for your first start of the year for your hometown team. Fast forward to his Rangers start, where Musgrove became the first Padre to throw a no hitter. He was close to a perfect game until he hit Joey Gallo in the eight inning. His slider was working perfectly, nipping the bottom right of the zone for strikeouts and groundouts. That starting rotation for that Padres is nasty in a good way, and it probably won’t be the last time their pitchers make it to this list.

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