Aaron Judge wasted no time on Saturday. Yankees slugger took the first pitch he saw from Tigers rookie Beau Briske and drove it deep into the right-center field seats. With another scintillating pitching performance, the judge’s blow was about all the Yankees needed for a 3-0 win over the Tigers at Yankee Stadium.
On the back of another strong start – this time by Luis Severino – the Yankees (38–15) won their fifth straight game, maintaining the best record in baseball and securing another series. The Bombers have won or split 15 of their 17 complete series this season. They now have eight shutout wins.
Severino went on to score seven innings, scoring 10 runs and allowing only one walk. The right-handed batsman swung the Yankees through in an impressive streak. His debut has bowled at least six innings in nine straight starts and 12 of his last 13 starts since May 22. It was the 13th time a Yankees starter had gone in at least seven innings, the most among the majors.
Anthony Rizzo also finished 13th of his season and his second in as many games. After a streak of cold in the month of May, the first baseman is showing signs of warming.
The judge, however, has not seen any decline this season.
His 378-foot leadoff homer was his major league hit, his 21st dinger of the season. The 30-year-old is now on pace to score 62 home runs during a 162-match season.
“I mean anything is possible with him,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of the Yankees slugger. “It’s obviously a huge number and we have a long way to go to get there, but I wouldn’t hold back on anything he can do.”
The last time a player scored 60 or more home runs in a season was 21 years ago with Barry Bonds scoring 73.
The Judge certainly has the motivation to have a historic season.
Earlier this season, Judge declined a contract offer made to the Yankees for 2022 and also made an extension offer that would cost more than $230 million. The slugger placed a bet on himself and so far sees the potential to cash in with a record-setting contract when he enters the free agent market this winter – if he continues to stay healthy for a second season in a row.
The judges are already putting their names in the Yankees record books along with some impressive names.
He had the high-tying four hits of the season in Friday versus Detroit, including his 20th homer of the season. He is the fifth player in Yankees history to hit at least 20 homers in the club’s first 52 games, Babe Ruth (23 in 1928, 21 in 1930 and 1926, and 20 in 1932 and 1927), Mickey Mantle (1956). in 21 homers). ), Luc Voight (20 in 2020) and Tino Martinez (20 in 1997).
It was the second time in Judge’s career that he was the first player in the Majors to reach 20 homers in a season, a feat he first achieved in his rookie season in 2017 (when he finished with 57 homers). . The only other players in Yankees history to hit 20 homers twice in a season for the first time in baseball were Ruth (seven times), Joe DiMaggio (twice) and Mantle (twice).
In the judge’s career, the Yankees have gone 118-41 when he does a homer. Since 2020, the Yankees are 46-12 years old when he does homer. This year, it’s 13-4 in a bomber game involving a judge tank.