This final month of the MLB season is setting up to be one of the most memorable in a long time.
MLB fans have the gift of watching Aaron Judge chase the AL Home Run record of 61.
Along with MLB legend, Albert Pujols, chase 700 career home runs.
Both of these players have made the final month of the season must-watch TV.
Usually, in September fans shift their focus to football, but many are still sticking around to see these two stars chase history.
Let us take a closer look at these two players as they look to each reach milestones.
Judge Stamping MLB History
The Yankees’ star is not only chasing 62 home runs to break the AL Home Run record.
But, he is also chasing the AL triple crown.
Judge has been on a tear of late.
Thanks to him hitting a .491 in September, Judge has raised his season batting average to .316.
That puts him .001 points behind Luis Arraez for the American League lead.
Judge also has an OPS of 1.604 in September which is by far the best in baseball.
If he can hit 62 home runs and win the triple-crown, this may go down as the best season ever.
He currently sits at 59 home runs and needs just three more over the final 2.5 weeks of the season.
#59!!! Aaron Judge's second home run of the game and he's TWO away from Maris! pic.twitter.com/PzU2brxSum
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) September 18, 2022
He is a lock for the AL MVP and now he just continues to carry the Yankees to the AL East title.
His 9.6 WAR this season is two wins above anyone else in the MLB.
Without Judge in their lineup, the Yankees would be a below-average MLB lineup hitting a .231.
Judge leads the American League in runs, home runs, RBIs, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and total bases.
The 30-year-old has an OPS+ of 213.
That would be the highest OPS+ since Ted Williams in 1957.
Judge is putting together one of the greatest contract years in MLB history.
He bet on himself and will be in for a massive new contract at the season’s end.
Pujols Looking To Become One Of Few
No one thought a 42-year-old Pujols would be able to reach 700 home runs in his final season.
Yet, the future Hall of Famer sits at 698 for his career and has hit 19 this season.
Pujols has dominated left-handed pitching all season and that has fueled his home run chase.
The slugger is hitting a .356 with a 1.168 OPS against lefties this year.
Albert Pujols ties the game up with number 698! pic.twitter.com/uOm1YGr2ud
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) September 17, 2022
With the Cardinals in control of the NL Central, Pujols should be in the lineup every day.
The Cardinals owe it to their best player in franchise history to give him as many at-bats as possible until he reaches 700.
This milestone is something that only three players have ever achieved.
No one knows if/when another player will reach 700 homers.
So Pujols should be paraded as he makes his run this final 2.5 weeks.
Pujols is also 11 RBIs away from Babe Ruth for second all-time.
It may be difficult for him to reach that number but that would be another incredible feat.
MLB fans should cherish the final few weeks of the MLB season as we get two historical statistical chases.