Aaron Judge’s attempt to break the AL home run record is a one-man race.
His pursuit of the AL Triple Crown is more complicated thanks to a batting title race involving one player sharing the field with the judges all weekend at Yankee Stadium.
Judges were 0-2 on 3 walks Thursday’s 5-4 10-inning victory over BostonWith 13 games left for both teams after Thursday’s action, Judges is batting .31589 (169 to 535) and Bogaerts is batting .31358 (164 to 523). Twins utility man Luis Alaez, who led the race for most of the season, was trailing by .31262 (515 to 161).
While everyone was watching, including the eyes of Commissioner Rob Manfred, who was in attendance Thursday, Breaks Roger Maris’ record with judge-going home runs No. 61 and 62, his batting title fight with Bogaerts was thought to serve as an interesting sideshow as the Yankees slugger cornered a potential Triple Crown. It will be the second time in the past 55 years, following Miguel Cabrera in 2012.
“They’re both bigger than life and the face of the franchise, so it fits right?” Red Sox outfielder Rob Levsnyder said he experienced the Yankees’ system with Judge and was Bogaerts’ teammate throughout the season. . “And it only deserves it [Judge] Chasing it and playing us. I think it’s great for baseball and for the fans. ”
The Yankees pitcher had a bigger goal this weekend to help the club move closer to winning the division title. However, it was thought that the Red Sox’s No. 3 hitter would also serve as an additional challenge to help his teammate’s historic season achieve yet another achievement.
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“[Bogaerts] He’s a great hitter and we have to find a way to keep him at bay and neutralize him,” manager Aaron Boone said before the game.
Levsnyder, who has called Yankee Stadium home for part of three seasons, this weekend’s crowd knows what’s at stake for the judges and may be cheering for Bogaerts a little more than usual. I thought I couldn’t. Bogaerts told The Boston Globe earlier this week: [in New York]” If he denies the triple crown judge.
But Refsnyder had some appreciation and perspective for this race, especially after playing with Arraez last year in Minnesota and giving insight into the top three contenders.
“[Judge] It’s just a hit machine,” Levsnyder said. “It’s crazy to watch. It’s pretty special. . It’s going to be cool.”
Judges was hitting . 274 with 31 home runs on July 15th. He is the only leg of the Triple Crown that was still close. His 60 homers in the Judges lead his AL by 23 (beating Jordan Alvarez of the Astros), and his 128 RBIs put him ahead of Jose Ramirez of the Guardians, who he led by 13.
As a baseball fan, Refsnyder wanted the batting title race to take place on the final day of the regular season. But when the Yankee stood in his clubhouse as a stadium visitor on Thursday, he knew he had to handicap the race.
“We have to pull Bogaerts because he’s a crazy, great teammate who embodies what we want as a franchise. [player]said Levsnyder. “I heard something was playing against someone and I was playing with them and I was like, ‘Wow. He’s up to the bill. Great teammates like Aaron. If you don’t understand and the judges can hit home runs and triple crowns, [is] Is it the greatest offensive season ever?