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After his 0-for-4 night on Wednesday, Judge is now hitting .178 to begin the regular season .AP

The New York Yankees had a hot start to the 2024 season, but not Aaron Judge. Their captain had a very slow start to the ongoing season. It was a big concern for the fans in the Bronx. Moreover, the 2022 AL MVP did not look 100% healthy from the very beginning of the current season. He hurt his abs during the Spring Training and missed several games in the Grapefruit League. Prior to the Spring Training this year, the NY side’s captain talked about the toe injury he sustained last year.

Aaron Judge revealed the torn ligament in his toe would require constant maintenance until the day he hangs up his boots. It was not good news for the Yankees Faithful. Then, the captain of the Bronx Bombers had a very slow start to the 2024 regular season. Albeit it was not a pathetic start, by his standards, it was very slow. He took seven games to hit his first home run this season. However, it seems, gradually, the superstar Yankee slugger is getting back to his groove.


Aaron Judge Is Starting To Emerge From His Slump

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A big concern at the start of the season was the absence of their ace pitcher, Gerrit Cole. But the NY Yankees have done really well to lead the AL East for the most part of the first month of the ongoing regular season. However, other than the absence of Cole, the slow start of the Yankees captain was bothering them a lot. But the center fielder of the NY side is beginning to turn a corner offensively. In the previous seven games, Aaron Judge slashed .333/.445/.704 with an OPS of .1.159 and hit three homers. Recently, the Yankees captain celebrated his 32nd birthday. His abs injury during Spring Training had a connection to his oblique area that made him miss several games. 

Nevertheless, he managed to return to the lineup in time for the Opening Day. Hence, the question is if missing a few games in the Spring Training caused his early season slump. Recently, Aaron Judge addressed that question in an interview with Inside the Pinstripes, saying, “I don’t think so.” He believes it has been just another regular slump that he would go through in a season. Moreover, Judge said he went through the same slump last summer. On top of that, the 2022 AL MVP believes the last seven games did not show the best of what he can do. Aaron Judge said, “No, his swing is not where he wants to be at present.” 

The Yankees Manager Said Their Captain Always Look For Perfection

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Prior to Game 2 between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees, Aaron Boone mentioned in the dugout at Camden Yards, “Judge looks for perfection. That’s what makes him who he is.” Other than the Yankees captain, hitters like Anthony Volpe, Oswaldo Cabrera, Anthony Rizzo, Juan Soto, and Alex Verdugo have experienced impressive starts to the 2024 season. They had a great time at the plate against the Milwaukee Brewers before the Orioles series.

Moreover, the Yankees scored 15 runs in consecutive games. Since they lost the first game of the four-game series against the Orioles, they must be looking for another offensive explosion like they had against the Brewers. According to Sports Illustrated, the sky is the limit for the Yankees in case of how many runs they can score in a game as Aaron Judge and Juan Soto are playing at an MVP level. 

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