Yankees Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

New York Yankees captain Aaron Judge has had an indifferent start to the 2024 MLB season. In 13 games, he’s hitting .178 with a couple of home runs and six RBIs. For a former AL-MVP, the stats surely do not do justice to the Judge’s caliber and true potential.

But at the same time, the Yankees captain’s ill-form has left the fans concerned. Moreover, his failure to clutch against the Marlins further put fans in disarray. Amid growing buzz, MLB analyst Bryan Hoch cited Aaron Judge’s spring stint as a probable cause for his underperformance in the regular season.


Aaron Judge Struggling With Timing, Points Out Bryan Hoch!

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Judge circles the bases after a home run against the Dodgers. Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire/AP

While the New York Yankees celebrated a 10-3 start to the season, captain Aaron Judge and his struggles on the plate went largely unnoticed. The captain, widely known as a home run-hitting machine, has stocked a mere two long hits in 13 games. While he is getting on the bases more often than not, the lack of clutches has left the critics question Judge’s form. Notably, MLB analyst Bryan Hoch, while talking to the New York Post, pointed out how missed time in spring could be hampering the captain’s build-up in the regular season. For the unversed, Aaron Judge missed ten days of spring training with abdominal discomfort. He went through MRI scans, which ruled out a potential issue with the oblique. Yet, the slugger rested for a significant period to avert any chances of aggravation.

Having said that, Hoch suspects Aaron Judge is still playing catch up for missed spring training time and is massively struggling with timing on the plate. However, the analyst did mention that the Judge is getting on base more frequently, which is still a good sign. “He’s just getting in timing down. The one thing I would point to is he’s getting on base,” Hoch said. Regardless, for the New York Yankees to ensure a deep playoff run, it’s imperative for captain Aaron Judge to unleash his true potential. The club’s hitting lineup is incomplete without Judge, regardless of how Juan Soto manages to carry the offensive production. Overall, with still a large half of the season still pending, Judge has enough room to stage an inspiring comeback. A proven hitter like him just needs one good game to get back on track, and fans would hope that fateful day arrives sooner rather than later.

Yankees Skipper Not Concerned About Aaron Judge’s Form!

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Aaron Judge sent a message to his teammates with his postgame comments on Tuesday, saying execution needs to be better if the Yankees want to make the playoffs.AP

While critics are after Aaron Judge for his substandard start to the season, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone is not stressing at all. In the latest interview, he insisted that Judge will get his groove back, and it’s only a matter of time before he turns into a beast on the plate.

“I feel like his at-bats have been really good. I’m not too worried about Aaron Judge,” Boone said. Indeed, Aaron Judge is a proven destructor on the plate. He understands the game better than anybody. These short-term slumps are unlikely to defeat his morale. Moreover, with the Yankees off to a good start, Judge’s form should be the least of anybody’s concerns.

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