Aaron Judge, Yankees
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The New York Yankees need Aaron Judge to stay in form throughout the season. In 2023, the captain had a terrible injury that kept him out of 35 games on the trot. He had a freak accident at the Los Angeles Dodgers fence, and after a collision, he hurt his toe really badly. Later, it turned out that the superstar slugger of the Bronx Bombers had a torn ligament in his toe. That’s the reason why he had to stay out for almost a couple of months. As a result, it had a direct effect on the team as they lost momentum. Eventually, the Yankees failed to make the postseason.

It turned out to be their worst season in the last 30 years. That’s how important Aaron Judge is for the team. Later, in a press conference ahead of the 2024 spring training, the AL 2022 MVP said that he will have to take constant maintenance of his toe until the end of his career. Moreover, even in the Spring Training, the Yankees captain was not free from injuries. He had an abs injury that made him miss a few Grapefruit League games. All these factors played a role in the slow start of Aaron Judge in the ongoing season. However, in the month of May, the 2022 AL MVP is turning it around.


Latest AL Player Of The Week: Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge, Yankees
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On Monday, Major League Baseball announced that the Yankees outfielder cum captain won the American League Player of the Week. He had a slow start to the ongoing season, with his first home run coming after seven games. But April is history, and May has been special so far for the 2022 AL MVP. Aaron Judge turned things around as he has been hitting beautifully. Moreover, due to his hitting prowess, he is already among the top home run hitters this season. In the past week, Aaron Judge proved again why he is one of the best sluggers in the game.

That’s the reason why the Player of the Week honor goes to the superstar outfielder. It was his 10th Player of the Week honor in his career. Moreover, Aaron Judge has been hitting an impressive .500 in the last six games of the past week. He also has an OPS of 1.830 which is just ridiculous. On top of that, he hit five doubles and three home runs, seven walks, and five RBIs. Moreover, in the whole month of May, so far, Judge is hitting .386 over 17 games. He has slugged 7 homers this month already.

Can The Yankees Captain Win The Player Of The Month?

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Over 17 games, Judge has been hitting .386 with a 1.433 OPS. The Yankees captain slugged 7 home runs along with 14 RBIs, nine doubles, and scored 16 runs in May so far. On top of that, Judge’s strikeout percentage dropped significantly from 27% to 20.3%. He managed to drop it by almost seven percent. That’s how good the 2022 AL MVP has been this month.

Moreover, the team needed Aaron Judge to show some life and promising signs after an early season slump. That’s exactly what happened in the month of May and it’s not yet over. If the Yankees captain manages to keep up the momentum till the last game against the Los Angeles Angels, he will be a favorite to win the AL Player of the Month.

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