Lest Ye Be Judged
Aaron Judge has been scuffling. He has still managed to get a hit in almost every game, and most of those big ones. Even so, when they started their 18 games-in-a-row stretch, Judge was hitting .339/.481/.629. Before last night’s game, he had slumped to .295/.418/.550.
Then he went 3-4 while posting a .800 OBP and not striking out once. Better yet, his three hits produced three RBI, and his home run against Boston’s closer, Craig Kimbrel, iced the game and sent the Bronx into paroxysms of joy.
Judge isn’t about ready to start his next hot streak, perhaps his best of the year; he already started it. And this time he is finally going to be joined by Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton has so far shown to be the master of the one-day outburst. For instance, on April 22nd, he was hitting .198/.293/.407., with four home runs, but it was clear he was about to get better. And indeed he went out the next night and hit a home run against the Minnesota Twins en route to a 3-4 day with two RBI and three runs scored.
And then the next night he went 0-4. Yankees fans know that has been the pattern all year.
Not that he hasn’t improved over the last two weeks; as of now, he is slashing .237/.327/.504 with nine home runs, eight doubles, and 23 RBI. You could see him over the road trip and the incessant winning growing into his pinstripes.
Still, that is not nearly enough for the middle of the order, reigning NL MVP.