Last night belonged to the New York Yankees, who picked up their 95th win of the year with a 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Once again, Judge did not hit that elusive 61st homer of the season.
He had five plate appearances, lining out in his first one and walking in the final four.
Twice on those walks, Judge came around to score a pivotal run for the Yankees.
The Blue Jays never really put any effort into trying to stop him.
Top 1: L5
Top 3: BB, run
Top 5: BB, run
Top 6: BB
Top 8: BB
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 28, 2022
Blue Jays Don’t Give Judge Any Chances
You can’t blame the Blue Jays for not wanting anything to do with Judge anymore.
At this point, what team would want to pitch to him?
Even if he isn’t hitting home runs, he’s still swinging a hot bat and getting on base.
But at the same time, walks always hurt and they came around to bite the Blue Jays last night.
Even with Judge being as fearsome as he is in the batter’s box, you at least want to try to get him out.
If he’s had a bunch of hits in the game already and you don’t want him to beat you again, then that’s the time to walk him.
Instead, the Blue Jays didn’t even seem to try anything other than pitching around him, and the Yankees showed why that was a fool’s errand, as they made the Jays pay.
Would it have stopped the Yankees from clinching the AL East?
But the Blue Jays paid dearly for not pitching to Judge.