Media has questioned the Yankees’ offensive approach and execution so far in the 2022 playoffs, and rightfully so: the team has produced just four runs in the first two games of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, and the two runs from Thursday’s game came thanks to errors from pitcher Framber Valdez.
However, Judge remains confident in his team.
He believes that if every member of the Yankees roster does his job, the team has a fair shot at winning the series.
“We’ve been in this spot before. Every single guy in this room knows what they need to do to get us to the next step,” SNY tweeted, the quotes being from Judge.
"We've been in this spot before. Every single guy in this room knows what they need to do to get us to the next step"
– Aaron Judge pic.twitter.com/FEaHuzWcvG
— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) October 21, 2022
The problem for the Yankees is that every guy is going through a different situation at the plate.
Several Yankees Are Slumping At The Moment
Oswaldo Cabrera is expanding the zone and even failing to make contact on pitches inside the strike zone.
Giancarlo Stanton, despite two home runs in the playoffs, is still trying to find his timing at the plate.
Matt Carpenter has struck out seven times in seven plate appearances, and his swing decisions were terrible during a ninth-inning at-bat last night with the game on the line.
Judge started off the postseason with a boatload of strikeouts, but is making better contact now.
Here is a positive about the game and maybe some possible forecasting:
Judge went 1-4 with all 4 BIP being 100+ MPH.
111.7 MPH Lineout (.810 xBA)
101.4 MPH Single
103.9 MPH Flyout
106.3 MPH Flyout (.910 xBA)
— NYY Pitching (@NYYPitching) October 21, 2022
He can’t do it alone, however.
If several Yankees hitters can get out of their respective slumps and string together competitive at-bats, then there is some hope.
Otherwise, this series might be over early.