Aaron Judge took his first career ejection personally as he has been on a planet which few can reach ever since.

In his last seven games he is slashing .381/.535./.952 with five RBI, six walks and three home runs, one being a 467ft shot to the left field bleachers in Target Field to begin what ended up a 4-for-4 day at the plate.

The Yankees captain earns the top spot on Week 7 of our #HighFive List.

  1. Aaron Judge

Ever since being ejected a few Saturday afternoons ago, Aaron Judge has gotten back to being one of the best hitters in the Majors.

He hit just .220 with six home runs through the entire month of April and already has five to go along with a .378 average more than halfway through May.

Despite the slow start, Judge finds himself near the top of the American League leaderboard in most hitting categories including leading the A.L. with 14 doubles and 34 walks while ranking in the top five for OPS, home runs, slugging and on base percentage.

Judge’s Yankees will host the Chicago White Sox for a three-game series this weekend.

  1. Marcus “Stro Show” Stroman

Marcus Stroman bounced back from his worst start of the season and threw a gem against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday night to earn the second spot on our #HighFive List.

He got his third win of the year by throwing six shutout innings and allowing only two hits on two strikeouts and three walks.

“Mechanically, I thought I was battling a little at the beginning,” said Stroman.  “But I thought as the game progressed, I started to feel stronger and stronger.”

Stroman’s record now stands at 3-2 and he lowered his ERA to 3.33.

As a staff the Yankees have the second lowest earned run average in the Majors at 2.95, slightly behind their longtime rival Red Sox.

His next start will be Monday against the Mariners in a series that could see the return of shortstop J.P. Crawford to Seattle’s lineup.

  1. Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts takes the third spot on this weeks #HighFive after a week that included him moving solely into fifth on the all-time leadoff home run list with 50 and four multi-hit games.

That lead-off home run was Betts’ seventh of the year and came by way of a bro-on-bro crime against San Francisco Giants starter Jordan Hicks.

After going 0-for-5 last Friday night against the Padres, Betts has registered two hits in each of his last four games.  He also finds himself ranked second on Major League Baseball’s “Hitters Power Rankings.”

His Dodgers will welcome the Cincinnati Reds for a four-game series this weekend were they will face fellow #HighFive member Hunter Greene Saturday night.

  1. Hunter Greene

Hunter Greene calls Arizona home in the off-season so it was no surprise he looked comfortable in his start in Phoenix against the D-Backs earlier this week.

 

He got the win after going seven innings and giving up just two earned runs on five hits and six strikeouts.

His 72 strikes thrown out of 101 pitches were the most strikes he has thrown in any start during his career.

“I had to come through for the guys right there,”  said Greene in his postgame interview.  “We have been working hard so I was just trying to do my job.  I have worked on my fastball and it will continue to get better throughout my career.  I know how good it is and how good it can be so I just need to trust it.”

Greene’s ERA now stands at 3.27.  His next start will come in his hometown of Los Angeles when he faces a star-studded Dodgers lineup this Saturday night.

  1. Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton rounds out this week’s #HighFive as the Yankees became the first team to ever have three players make the same #HighFive list.

For years now nobody in Major League Baseball has hit baseballs harder than Stanton and that trend has continued into 2024.

MLB began releasing new data that can collect batters’ swing speed as well as barrel rate (hitting the ball on the sweet spot of the bat).

Stanton’s average swing hits 80 mph which is the highest in the Majors.

Over his last seven games he has a .310 average with three home runs and four RBI.

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It is also important to note that Stanton has played in 39 of 41 games this year.

His best ability has always been availability, and if he is there to consistently provide protection for Judge and Soto, the Bronx Bombers will be a tough out.

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