Yankees hitters Aaron Judge and Giancarlo stanton, have represented a real terror for opposing pitchers in recent days, as both have lit up the home run department in the Major Leagues; Judge leading all of baseball with 11 and Stanton has nine; being the third with more hits from four corners.
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Similarly, on Thursday night they once again showed their power in the 15-7 win for the “Bronx Bombers” over the Chicago White Sox. In a hitter-friendly park like Guaranteed Rate Field, they were the kings hitting three homers between them (2 Stanton and one Judge) in addition to two others courtesy of Josh Donaldson, and Yoán Moncada of the White Sox.
With this game, the Judge-Stanton duo has homered 21 times in the same game, including postseason play. During that span, the Yankees are 20-1.
They impress in Statcast metrics
For their part, they had the highest exit velocities against the “whitelegs”, Judge registered 114mph with his home run against Dylan Cease, while Stanton concentrated 115.9mph in one of his homers; however, that was not his fastest drive, but a single that went 116.7 mph off Tanner Banks.
Stanton, who is considered the hitter with the best HardHit% (uncatchable connections above 95mph) in the entire League; has been in the top 5 in all of baseball in that rank in five of the eight years of the Statcast Era (2015), including twice in the top 1 percentile ranking (counting this season), while taking every season he holds rate of more than 50%.
Likewise, Aaron Judge is líder in hard hit rate this season at 65%, while alongside Stanton (17.2%) they lead in barrel percentage per plate appearance, with Judge 17.1% on that record. Being a barrel; a connection with a muzzle velocity of 98 mph or more and a launch angle between 26 and 30 degrees.
However, Stanton and the "Judge" lead the Yankees with 28 and 26 RBIs, respectively, after both produced 10 of their team's 15 runs against Chicago (6 Stanton and 4 Judge). And not only that; rather, both have gotten quite close to José Ramírez (30), who leads the Majors in this department.
Home run lead on
Aside from what Stanton and Aaron Judge did on Thursday, Astros outfielder Yordan Álvarez also had his share of the spotlight by hitting two homers in one game against the Twins, becoming the second slugger this year to reach 10 homers. .
Nonetheless, Álvarez is second in baseball's hard hit rate (61%) behind only Judge, and is fifth in barrels per batted ball average (19.5%) and barrels per plate appearance (13.2%).
Going back to the home run department, Judge and Alvarez are followed by CJ Cron, Byron Buxton, Mike Trout and Stanton; all of them with nine. Of them (apart from Stanton, who was already discussed), only Trout figures in Statcast metrics; as, for example, leading the line of barrels by batted balls with 27.9%.
Meanwhile, with eight home runs are: Willy Adames, Hunter Renfroe; both from the Milwaukee Brewers, Pete Alonso and Juan Soto; the latter with an HR against the Mets on Thursday.