The judge sealed his 43rd career at home on Monday night, joining a strong squad that included Anthony Rizzo’s three-round blast and Jose Trevino’s first career polyhedral as the Yankees became the first team to score 70 wins this season with 7 wins. -2 victory over Mariners at Yankee Stadium.
“As I said every day, it was my teammates who helped me this year,” Judge said. “I just try to match their energy and align what they do, especially when you have DJ LeMahieu there at the top of the lineup up to 0.300, constantly at the base and the counting works. It helps everyone.”
After Rizzo went deep in the first half, crushing his fourth home in six games while making the start to Domingo Germain with a quick lead, the judge made contact in the second half with his two-footed shot from left hand Marco Gonzalez. A 420-foot explosion that Statcast predicted for the judge landed in the visitors’ plaza.
Judge, who also doubled before Rizzo exploded, needs 17 home runs in the Yankees’ last 58 games to score the ninth of the 60-player season in history. Although Judge doesn’t say much about it, he’s targeting Roger Maris’ 61-time singles season AL tag, which was set in 1961.
“The judge is doing something beyond what’s special in this day and era of baseball, everything he’s doing for that franchise,” said Rizzo. “It’s fun to be a part of.”
Judge was announced as the Player of the Week award for the second time in a row prior to Monday’s game, having cut .348/.483/1.000 (8 vs. 23) with seven runs, five hurdles, 10 RBIs, six walks and steals One rule in six games.
“For me, I hear back-to-back player weeks — even for someone in the middle of an MVP season, that’s like ‘wow,’” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “There is a level of dread. The season he builds and collects has continued to raise this bar.”
The judge said, “It’s great. I try not to think too much about it. Like I said, I’m more excited about the victory I had today than anything else.”
Judge is the fourth Major Leger (and second Yankee) to hit no fewer than 43 home runs through his club’s first 104 games of the season, joining Babe Ruth (44 in 1921), Mark McGuire (44 in 1998) and Barry Bonds (45 ) in 2001).
“It’s fun watching what he does,” Boone said.
Evros is expected to be in the Yankees fold on Tuesday, while Boone said he is still waiting to hear when Montas and Trevino will arrive in New York. The incoming trio could indicate an upcoming move for Germán, perhaps to the Bullpen or to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
“We didn’t really talk about it,” Germain said through an interpreter. “I understand the deals are done, but I haven’t spoken to them about it. Regardless, for me, I have to focus, do my job and train properly for the next outing.”
Trevino hit Homer solo in the fourth and another in the eighth, marking the 18 multi-ranked games Yankee have scored this season. He has had a high of nine in 74 bats (200 bats) having scored nine in 156 games (489 bats) during his first four seasons.
“I just put the ball on the racket and see where it goes,” Trevino said.
Given the Yankees’ enthusiasm for Trevino’s increased power output, the assistant said he’s even more excited about the new arms he’ll soon have a chance to work with — including the Trevino-Trivino battery. So is Judge, who said he plans to log on to Twitter and read more about the moves later that night.
“You can always get better,” Judge said. “I don’t think anyone in this room is satisfied with what we’ve done so far. We’ve gotten off to a great start, but as a team, we’ve done our part and [the front office] They do their part.”
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