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You can’t blame the pitchers for preferring to face anyone in the New York Yankees roster who isn’t named Aaron Judge. He is the favorite for AL MVP, and the rest of the team has struggled.
The slugger continues to rewrite the record books. On Saturday, he accomplished a feat no Yankee had done in 65 years.
Judge’s three hits in Saturday’s 10-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays allowed him to reach base at least three times in a seventh straight game, which hadn’t been done by a Yankee since Mickey Mantle in 1957.
Judge’s .412 on-base percentage ranks atop the American League, but right now he’s pretty much an automatic baserunner. He has a .636 on-base percentage in his last seven games.
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Judge is on track to break the Yankees franchise record for most home runs in a season, which is held by Roger Maris at 61. .
Judge already holds the single-season record for most home runs by a right-handed Yankee, formerly held by Alex Rodriguez, who hit 54 in his 2007 AL MVP season.
Lou Gehrig hit base more than three times in nine straight games in 1937, the most by any Yankee. Babe Ruth did it in eight straight games in 1920. The all-time record is 10 games by Ty Cobb in 1925.
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Mantle won MVP in 1957 in a close battle with Ted Williams, and this year it’s yet another two-man race between Judge and Shohei Ohtani, who ranks fifth in the AL in both OPS (.891) and ERA (2.58, min. 135 innings pitched). He also ranks second in the AL with 33 homers and 265 total bases, entering Saturday.
Judge, however, leads all of baseball in home runs (55), RBI (120), slugging percentage (.683), OPS (1095), runs scored (112), and total bases ( 342). He’s also in contention for the AL Triple Crown, with his batting average rising to .307. Entering Saturday, Boston’s Xander Bogaerts led the AL with a .318 average.
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The MVP race comes down to numbers that are virtually once in a lifetime.
Oh, and in case you haven’t heard, Judge is a free agent this year, and Ohtani will hit the market next season.