With both Bro Bombers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton struggling as of late, you would think the Yankees had dug themselves into an early hole in the AL East.

But despite the slow start for the sluggers, Melanated mound marauder Marcus Stroman has helped the Yankees remain right at the top of the AL East through the first month of baseball. 

 

 

With the addition of Stroman along with superstar outfielder Juan Soto, the Yankees came into this season with expectations of a deep postseason run anchored by Judge and a high-quality supporting cast. Alex Verdugo and MLBbro Trent Grisham were also signed to add depth and possibly start. 

 

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Would these additions coupled with Yankee mainstays DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton be enough to lighten Aaron’s burden, or does it all still fall on the captain?

 

“Judge … because he is the Yankees,” said one NL exec when asked who is most important to the Yankees’ success this season. “He’s the guy they know is going to be there forever, and although they hope the same for Soto, they don’t know yet. I think if Judge plays well, the team rolls. When he doesn’t, they don’t.”

 

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One glance at the Yankees’ current results will quickly confirm this sentiment. The Yankees are 5-5 over their last 10 games, and Judge has struggled during this span. Over his last seven games, Aaron is hitting .107/.138/.107 with three hits and zero home runs in his last 28 at-bats. On the season, Judge is hitting .174 with just three home runs and an OPS of .645.

 

Despite his early struggles, Judge has a simple formula that he believes will turn his fortunes around.

 

“(When I) Get a pitch in the zone, I got to capitalize on it because I don’t get too many, “he said after striking out four times on Saturday against Tampa Bay. “And then I get hits. I think that’s what it comes down to. Just don’t miss your pitch when you get it and take your walks when you can, not getting anything.”

 

As for Stanton, the lone bright spot so far this season was becoming the 78th player in MLB history to homer against all 30 teams. Giancarlo has struggled to find any consistency so far and is slashing just .227/.320/.364 with one home run over his last 22 at-bats.

 

 

Marcus Stroman Shining In The Bx

 

While Judge and Stanton have struggled at the plate, the next MLBbro to join them in the Bronx has held it down on the bump. Back home in the Tri-State area, Marcus Stroman has been worth every penny of the two-year, $37 million deal he signed with the Yankees. 

 

 

In four starts, Marcus is 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA, and 19 strikeouts across 22.1 innings pitched. The Stro show has been in full effect for the Yankees, as Marcus has yet again established himself early on as one of the best ground ball pitchers in baseball. His current ground ball percentage of 61.3 percent ranks in the 94th percentile amongst qualified starters. 

 

It really shouldn’t surprise us that Marcus has thrived so far in the Bronx. Remember, it was Stroman who reached out to the Yankees to let them know he would be seriously interested in joining the Yankees should they come calling. And once New York missed out on Japanese sensation Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Stroman got his wish. 

 

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The Yankees have managed to remain near the top of the division despite their bet sluggers’ inability to put the ball in play. Even if Stroman continues to deal and Stanton somehow rounds into form, the fate of the Yankees remains in the hands of the man with the “C” on his chest. 

 

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