Bannered by hulking outfielder Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees have the most terrifying offense in the majors this season, so far. The Pittsburgh Pirates could attest to that after Judge and the rest of the Bronx Bombers smothered them for what seemed like an eternity in a 16-0 loss at home Wednesday night.
Aaron Judge was also happy to see his teammates wake up at the plate in the Pirates game, and thinks the collective performance could spark another hot stretch for the Yankees.
“Games like this help guys get rolling,” Judge said. “Guys had good at-bats, put a couple of balls in the gaps and all of a sudden guys take off for a week or two or a whole month or even the rest of the season.”
The Yankees, who snapped a two-game losing skid with that victory, took a bit of time to heat up against Pittsburgh. But once they got their rhythm, there was nothing the Bucs could do to stop them. The Yankees scored their first runs in the fifth inning and had 11 runs in the final two frames. Judge went 3-for-4, including a grand slam home run in the eighth inning that dug the Pirates a much deeper hole.
So far this season, Judge is hitting .287 with an MLB-leading total of 30 home runs along with 64 RBIs. His .993 OPS is fifth in the big leagues. These are the numbers that should net him a massive payout for his next contract, regardless if it’s from the Yankees or any other team. There won’t be a shortage of suitors for the center fielder who is in the middle of his best season yet in the pros.
With Aaron Judge hitting bombs on an almost regular basis, the Yankees currently sport MLB-best numbers of .332 wOBA and 118 wRC+.
The Yankees’ offensive outburst also helps the narrative of what should be a must-watch series at Fenway Park against bitter rivals Boston Red Sox, beginning this Thursday night.