Aaron Judge makes MVP case with scary Yankees power: Sherman


Twenty-seven home runs in a 60-game season would equal 73 home runs.This PSA is brought to you by those watching Aaron Judge this young season.

There is so much to hate in the 2020 campaign. So much to worry about every day – sometimes every hour. But the judge swinging a bat is neither of them.

As we search for the familiar in the midst of the freak, we got something that looked like a Red Sox-Yankees game on Sunday night. Lots of pitchers. Lots of locations. Lots of circuits. Lots of trails.

The judge, all 6 feet 7 inches from him, towered above all. He had a fifth consecutive game. He knocked twice. The second was pitched at 468 feet with two outs in the eighth inning. He broke a tie. This gave the Yankees a 9-7 triumph and a three-game sweep from the Red Sox.

The judge is the first Yankee to make a homer in five straight games since Alex Rodriguez in September 2007. He is the first Yankee to do a homerun six times in the first eight games of the season since A-Rod, also in 2007. A-Rod has completed 54 home runs. and won the AL MVP that year.

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What would an MVP mean in this shortened season? What would it mean to hit a prorated 73 home runs, the one-season record Barry Bonds set in 2001? These questions will be for the story to determine if this MLB campaign can even reach the finish line.

But when there’s such lingering worry about playing next week, let alone September or October, take the joys where you can get them. And the judge swaying as the season is his own Derby Home Run falls into that category. The judge has a .903 shooting percentage, propelling the Yankees to a major league-best 7-1 record.

“I really think he’s on a mission right now,” said Aaron Boone.

That, says the Yankees manager, just got injured. The judge broke a rib, the Yankees believe, last September, but she was not diagnosed until the spring. He couldn’t have started the season on time if COVID-19 hadn’t closed the game.

It wasn’t certain that Judge would reach even the late start of this season. When the judge acknowledged that he was healed and could trigger perhaps the most formidable swing in the world, “it lit another fuse for him,” Boone said.

And with James Paxton and his decelerating fastball from Sunday, the Yankees were going to have to fight their way to a sixth straight victory. Paxton admitted, “I’m concerned” after his fastpitch average continued to be 4 mph lower than last year’s 95.5. He was not helped by poor outside defense from Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks. But Paxton was hit hard as he put the Yankees into a 2-0 deficit in the first which Judge erased with a three-point explosion in the second.

In all, Paxton allowed five (three earned) runs in three innings, gave eight runs on 12 hits in four innings in two starts, and, to date, has become the most disturbing item on the Yankees’ active roster. .

Michael King was relieved and in four innings he only gave two hits, but it was home runs from Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts who came close to winning this game for the Red Sox with excellence on both sides of the ball. These two rounds were the only ones where the Yankee pen was scored in 15 ² / ₃ rounds in this series.

Still, the Red Sox were leading 7-6 with two strikeouts and none when Mike Tauchman and DJ LeMahieu made sure to give Judge a swing in the eighth inning. Tauchman had entered to defend Andujar and marched, then stole a base to position himself for the opposite field from LeMahieu, tying the single to the right.

This led to the judge taking on Matt Barnes. Gleyber Torres was on deck struggling while the judge was on fire. So when the Red Sox reliever fell 2-0 behind, it looked like he was ready to replace Judge if necessary and try to get out of the set against Torres. But then he got a curved ball in the inside corner and the judge made you wonder what the stadium would have been like if there were fans to react.

“It would have been fun to hear the crowd after the Judge home runs,” said LeMahieu.

Instead, you could just discern the euphoria of the Yankee dugout. They had a two point lead. They had a six-game winning streak once Zack Britton scored 1-2-3 in the ninth. Right now they have the scariest power hitter in the game.

“He’s just a great player who feels really good and is about to be locked up,” said Boone.

Oh yeah, Boone doesn’t think Judge – six homers in eight games – is completely locked down yet. It was also a public service. This one to the major league pitchers that a better version that even this judge could hide.


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