Just what the Yankees needed in the nick of time…more home runs.
While there might be a little bit of sarcasm, you can never have enough power. Particularly with a team that is looking to outscore all opponents.
In what has been a mild season in the power department for Aaron Judge, he is ramping up at the right time. After hitting just nine long ball in the first half of the season, though marred with injury, Judge is working on his second straight month of at least eight homers. In September, he has seven home runs in just 18 games.
Since coming up for good in 2017, Judge has been one of the most prolific and consistent home run hitters in the game. Pete Alonso is chasing Judge’s rookie home run record. Judge hit a home run every 12.1 at bats overall in his first two full Major League seasons. It fell to 15.3 last season, but is back to 14 this season. To say that Judge has been in a drought after hammering the ball consistently in 2017 has a lot of merit. Judge only had one month of at least eight home runs in 2017, and had six months in a row under seven, so he might finally be breaking out of the power outage at the best possible time.
The 2019 season has been remarkable for the Yankees and has completely fit the cliché of the next man up. Some better news is that the next man up now is Giancarlo Stanton as well. Stanton has played in just 13 games through Sunday in 2019 due to injury. In four games since returning from injury, Stanton has rocked two double and a home run.
With recent injuries to Gleyber Torres, Gary Sanchez, and Edwin Encarnacion, the merry go round of active players has continued for the Yankees. However, the best news for the pinstripes is that all three of these stars will be back in time for the playoffs, if not before the end of the week.
On the pitching side, New York receive Luis Severino back last week as well. The right-hander has made only two games this season, but has been spectacular. With the Yankees offensive-centric roster, the squad is much in need of a stopper on the mound in the playoffs. Severino has shown to be just that in the past. With the success that James Paxton has seen lately, they will provide a nice October one-two punch.
It has been a spoil of riches in locating diamonds in the rough for the Yankees. Now, they are getting some of their intended gems back just in time to support the first or second best record in baseball in a playoff run.