The 30-year-old is chasing history in more ways than one.
For one, he has launched 60 home runs, and he’s currently looking to tie Roger Maris‘ American League home run record of 61.
AARON JUDGE! 60 HOMERS! pic.twitter.com/dzrHDIoSfX
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) September 21, 2022
He’s also chasing the AL Triple Crown and is looking to become the first player since Miguel Cabrera (2012) to win that honor.
It’s clear that the four-time All-Star is on another level right now, and one wild stat does a great job of illustrating how dominant he has been.
Here it is:
- This season, the average OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) across the majors is .707
- Judge’s slugging percentage alone is .703
In order words: Somehow, someway, Judge’s slugging percentage alone is on par with the league average OPS.
You could remove his on-base percentage from his OPS, and he’d still have a better OPS than 20 percent of qualified MLB hitters.
That’s not normal.
A Year To Remember
It’s probably safe to assume that baseball fans won’t forget about Judge’s 2022 season anytime soon.
As things stand now, Judge leads the AL in each of the following categories:
- Batting average (.316)
- On-base percentage (.422)
- Slugging percentage (.703)
- OPS (1.125)
- OPS+ (215)
- Home runs (60)
- Runs batted in (128)
- Runs (125)
- Total bases (376)
- bWAR (9.9)
With 13 games left…
Aaron Judge: .316 AVG (1st in AL), 60 HR (1st in AL), and 128 RBI (1st in AL).
— The Call Sports Talk NY (@TheCallSports) September 23, 2022
Judge is the favorite to take home AL MVP honors, so he may very well end up shattering home run records, taking home the AL Triple Crown, and also winning the AL MVP award all in one season.
Yankees games are likely going to have a lot of viewers over the remainder of the regular season.
The Road Ahead For Judge And The Yankees
The Yankees haven’t clinched the AL East yet, but it’s only a matter of time before they do.
The team has a 7.5-game lead over the second-place Toronto Blue Jays, and realistically, there just isn’t enough time left for the Blue Jays to make up that deficit.
Once the Yankees do clinch, their focus will surely shift to the postseason, and it’s going to be very interesting to see how Judge adjusts.
After one of the greatest regular seasons in baseball history, he’ll have to find a way to push the reset button and zero in on playoff baseball, which is essentially a new season.
But the superstar has shown throughout his career that he’s a solid playoff performer, so there’s really no reason to think his dominance won’t carry over into the 2022 postseason.
For his playoff career, Judge owns an OPS of .843, and he has launched 11 home runs in 35 games.
The Yankees are looking to claim their first World Series title since 2009, and there’s no doubt that Judge would love to help the team accomplish that goal.
He has already played in five different postseasons, but he’s yet to get a taste of the World Series.
Time will tell if that changes in the 2022 playoffs.