Rob Parker called Aaron Judge out in an episode of “Foul or Fair” this week on MLBbro.com.
Parker said that Judge was being outshined by teammate Giancarlo Stanton and needed to elevate his game, assume leadership of the team, and produce, like the 52-homer rookie we all thought would ascend to the face of baseball.
Judge must have been listening, because with teammate Aaron Hicks out and Stanton benched with quad issues, Judge found himself alone, without his fellow MLB bros to support him offensively.
The 2017 American League Rookie of the Year smashed two homers in his first two at-bats to power the Yankees past Baltimore 5-4 on Friday night.
Judge answered the call and carried a compromised Yankees lineup to victory over a pesky AL East division rival. It seems as if all of the Yankees-Orioles games this season have been dogfights. Judge’s two jacks put the Yankees ahead 2-1 to set the tone.
Black Knight Cedric Mullins AKA CM Storm, got two more hits to raise his season total to 45, good for fourth in all of MLB.
Those hits weren’t enough, however, to overcome the Judgian blasts that rained down on Baltimore like a helicopter without gas, hurling to the ground.
Meanwhile, the Yankees were finding a groove with Stanton and Judge finally both healthy in the lineup.
Hicks seemed to be coming around as well in recent games. However, as most people predicted, the Yankees’ two big boppers can’t stay healthy at the same time.
There’s a lack of continuity there that will probably come to sadly define this latest Yankees era, if these guys don’t ever get it together.
So the game of seesaw between Judge and Stanton continues. When Stanton is healthy Judge is out, when Judge is out Stanton is rolling. It’s a weird dynamic that the Yankees have had to deal with.
At least Judge seems to be locked in and willing to put the Bronx Bombers on his back for a stretch until reinforcements arrive and the pinstripes (2 games out of first place) can make a serious move on the AL East crown.
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge continued his torrid hitting with three more hits and three RBI in the Yankees 6-4 win over Detroit on Saturday. Judge is known for hitting moon shots, but lately, he’s cut down his swing and is hitting missiles all over the field, finding that he can accumulate just as many RBI’s by not being a boom or bust hitter, but a well-rounded one
He’s also got the talent to hit for high average so he might as well use it because that’s what the Yankees are lacking. In addition to an infield single, he smacked two doubles in the gap.
On Friday, Judge made a couple of huge statements with his booming bat at Yankees Stadium. Starting for the first time in three days, the 2018 Rookie of the Year and HR Derby champ made us All Rise by homering in two of his first three at-bats.
A 436-foot blast in the third off the batter’s eye, and then a second-deck grand slam to the right in the fourth. Judge’s second career grand slam gave starter Gerrit Cole an 8-0 lead.
AJ’s two deep shots raised his season total to seven, which is one more than slugging partner Giancarlo Stanton for the team lead. The Yankees’ 10-0 and 6-4 shellackings of Detroit shows what the Pinstripes are capable of when they have all three Black Knights in the lineup at one time
Friday night, Stanton extended his hitting streak to seven games, his longest since 9/23-9/29 of 2018. He’s currently hitting .419 (13-31) with a double, three HRs, three RBIs, and one BB (walk) over that span. The “artist formerly known as Mike” had three hits in three straight games for the first time in his career since moving into the two-hole.
Also, center fielder Aaron Hicks went (2-4) with two RBIs and added another hit and a run on Saturday.
The Yankees 2021 Soul Patrol is coming alive and Yankees fans can only hope that this is the beginning of that run they’ve been waiting for.
Week 7 of the MLB season is in the books and one of the top MLB Bro’s in Major League Baseball has finally answered our questions on whether or not he could step up and return to his MVP type form in the Bronx.
Yankee slugger Aaron Judge claims the top spot in this week’s #HighFive after his performance this week in light of his Twin Tower teammate Giancarlo Stanton being placed on the Injured List.
1. Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge sits at the top of our High Five list this week after batting .385 with four home runs and five RBIs this week. We questioned whether it was foul or fair that the Yankees needed to look into dealing Judge, but he quickly proved us wrong and earned a spot on our Rob Parker’s “Homeboi Highlights” this past Monday.
Judge is tied for third with 12 home runs and he hit at least one home run in all three games of the Yankees sweeping of the Baltimore Orioles including a two-homer game last Friday while winning AL Player of the Week.
Injuries have plagued the Yankees’ plans for a Murderer’s Row lineup. Now, with Aaron Hicks’ availability the rest of the season in question as well, Judge will need to continue to stay hot when he brings his bat back to the Bronx to take on Tim Anderson and the White Sox for a weekend series.
2. Michael Brantley
One of the most underrated hitters in all of baseball takes the number two spot on this week’s High Five list.
The Astros have faced three of their American League West rivals in the past eight games, and Brantley has been teeing off all of them.
Tonight marks José Ramírez's third career game with three doubles. It's the first for the Indians since Michael Brantley on May 3, 2018 against Toronto.
Brantley is batting .314 with four runs and five RBI during that span as his Astros have recorded a 7-2 record. He has been one of the most consistent hitters in all of Major League Baseball throughout his entire career and is earning every penny of the $32 million deal he earned from the Astros this past off season.
3. Jack Flaherty
This week Jack Flaherty moved closer to joining one of the rarest fraternities in all of baseball, Black Aces, after earning two more wins this week raising his major-league lead to eight.
In his last 12 innings, Flaherty has given up two runs on 13 strikeouts while allowing just four hits in each start.
Cardinals win, 8-5, and pick up a game in the division. They are 25-18. Jack Flaherty improves to 8-0 in his first nine starts. The only other Cardinal pitcher to do that in team history? Why, that would be Bob Gibson.
His bat traveled with him from the west coast as he is batting .280 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI this year which leads all Major League second baseman.
In his last three games, Semien is hitting .538 with 6 RBI and two home runs including a three-hit performance Saturday against the Phillies.
5. Tim Anderson
The 2019 batting champion has continued his strong showing at the plate this season as he earns the number five spot on this week’s High Five list.
Tuesday Anderson saw his 12 game hitting streak come to an end. Despite that, he still hit .300 this week including having three multi-hit games. His White Sox are tied for the best record in the American League league despite losing multiple players to injury, including 2020 MVP Jose Abreu.
The former batting champ is still influencing the culture on and off the field.
Anderson’s biggest play this week came off the field when he came to the defense of his teammate Yermin Mercedes who was punished by their manager Tony La Russa for hitting a home run on a 3-0 count during a 15-4 blowout of the Twins.
The game wasn’t over! “Keep doing your thing big Daddy!,” said his Rookie of the Year candidate teammate.
T.A. has shown great leadership both on and off the field this season. With a lot of drama surrounding the South Side, Anderson will continue to be one of the best hitters in baseball.
The Yankees placed MLBbro Giancarlo Stanton on their 10-day injured list due to a left quad strain, the team announced prior to Monday’s series opener against the Texas Rangers.
Right-hander Albert Abreu will fill Stanton’s spot on the roster for the time being.
The 31-year-old slugger has battled the injury bug his entire career. Stanton has now been on the IL/DL eight times since entering the major leagues in 2010 and was sidelined for all but 41 games over the past two seasons due to a string of injuries.
The Yankees now have several inactive players. Stanton joins teammates Gleyber Torres (COVID-19), Rougned Odor (knee), Aaron Hicks (wrist), Zach Britton (elbow), Darren O’Day (shoulder), Clarke Schmidt (elbow), and others on the sidelines.
Prior to being scratched from the lineup Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles due to left quad tightness, Stanton had been healthy and having an incredible season.
Through the first 33 games, Stanton batted .282/.347/.534 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs. He caught fire in late April with a 12-game hitting streak that included six home runs and a .480 BA.
Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone told Sports Illustrated he is targeting a May 25 return date for Stanton. Boone added that no tests have been done on the slugger’s injury, but that an MRI is under consideration.
With three DH’s currently inactive, Boone said they will need to “get a little creative” for Monday night’s game.
This is the Giancarlo Stanton that New York Yankees fans were expecting when he was traded to the Bronx from the Miami Marlins prior to the 2018 season.
Giancarlo Stanton has homered in three straight games, 8 times in his last 17 games and 15 times in his last 34 games dating back to last postseason. That’s a 71-homer pace over 162 games. pic.twitter.com/gJDwOHQyTL
After winning the 2017 National League MVP award with 59 home runs and 132 runs batted in, Stanton was supposed to join Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge in creating a Murderer’s Row for the 21st century.
Instead, from 2018 to 2020, the trio played in fewer than 200 regular-season games with a combined 45 home runs.
Giancarlo has been big in the postseason, hitting eight home runs in 17 games. He mashed his way through the Tampa Rays with four knocks in five games in last year’s ALDS.
But without a championship, Stanton can’t become a made man in pinstripes. Suddenly, he’s playing up to that immense potential and carrying the Yankees’ offense.
“The Kraken” hasn’t been cracking in a while, as Sanchez is batting .155 over his last 69 games. Judge has run hot and cold all season but has homered in only five games this season, including just three of his last 17.
Add in the struggles of Aaron Hicks and DJ LeMahieu and you get a New York offense that ranks second in home runs in the American League, but tied for 11th in runs scored, and a 16-15 record for a franchise confident about finally capturing its 28th title.
Stanton was ice cold as the Yankees got off to a 5-10 start, but he has turned it around in a major way to help New York take 11 of its last 15.
Thursday afternoon, Stanton extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a solo home run into the bullpen in a 7-4 loss to the Houston Astros.
That blast left his bat moving faster than a Category 3 hurricane and doing about as much damage.
During this run, Stanton has sent missiles all over the field. He’s hitting .480, with 25 hits in his last 52 at-bats. Six of his nine home runs and 11 of his 23 RBI this season have come over that span as well.
This surge has Stanton now carrying a career-high .314 batting average. His current.953 OPS is his best since that MVP campaign and almost 60 points higher than any of his previous three seasons.
He’s in a groove.
And he’s not just ripping through the ball, he’s seeing it clearly. Stanton hasn’t struck out more than once in his last 13 games after racking up seven games with multiple Ks in his first 15 appearances.
He’s playing the best baseball of his career when his team has needed it the most, keeping New York within 2.5 games of the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox.
If it can stay healthy, the Yankees’ offense is one of the most explosive in all of baseball with power and skill in each third of the lineup.
Stanton was brought to New York to join the legendary sluggers that have called Yankee Stadium home (mostly the old one, of course). Let him lead the way through the playoffs and into another parade through the Canyon of Heroes and he will be a legend.
Meanwhile, there’s no missile defense system that can protect pitchers from the projectiles coming from the player in pinstripes.