While the world waits to see if Aaron Judge will match the single season home run record in the American League set by fellow New York Yankees legend Roger Maris, there are other aspects of his game that could potentially be swept under the rug.
An important part of his stellar season has been the fact that he has been able to stay healthy after a few injury-plagued seasons.
But more than anything else, his OPS is on a completely different level, especially since the All-Star break.
Judge has the highest OPS in all of baseball since the start of the second half, with it sitting at 1.329.
MLB OPS Leaders since All-Star Break:
1. Aaron Judge – 1.329
2. J.T. Realmuto – .990
3. Nathaniel Lowe – .986
4. Shohei Ohtani – .968
5. Yordan Álvarez – .965
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) September 26, 2022
Judge On A Tear In Second Half
While home runs have been the story for Judge in 2022, his OPS since the break is quite good.
You really can’t get much better than that.
These are big names on that list, one of which was the AL MVP last season.
Realmuto is second to Judge and doesn’t even come close to him in OPS.
But that’s just how dominant and clutch Judge has been all season long.
He clearly was fueled by the fact that he and the Yankees were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension by Opening Day, and now he’s having the best possible season before he hits free agency and teams will be swarming to make him offers.
There are nine games left for Judge to tie and break Maris’ home run record.
He’s almost a lock for the AL MVP award this year.
Can he stay hot and help lead the Yankees into October?
Only time will tell.