Today in New York, we talked a lot about Andrew Benintendi. The outfielder, acquired by the Yankees, made his debut in his new colors.
Clearly, he has been talked about because he comes to fill a need, that of having Joey Gallo play as little as possible.
But Aaron Judge took the liberty of reminding him, by the sheer power of his stick, that Yankee Stadium was his home.
How? By hitting a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth to allow the Yankees to win the game 1-0 against the Royals in what was quite a defensive game.
For the third time in his season (and career), the Judge hit a walk off home runwhich ties a franchise record held, in the regular season, by Mickey Mantle.
Ultimately, the Judge has more homers (39) than Joey Gallo has hits (37) this season, which is really special. I don’t know if it shows more that the first is dominant or that the second is not achieving anything this season?
But what’s even more special is to see that the Judge could become the third player in Yankees history to hit 40 long balls before August.
For those who still doubt it: yes, the Judge will hit the jackpot when he has the opportunity to do so during the off-season.
The #99 will finish the season on the right more often than not following the acquisition of Benintendi, but with everything he’s done at center this season, he’s established his value as a center fielder nonetheless. Barring an injury, nothing can stop him.
- Two homers for Matt Chapman and a big defensive play for George Springer in a Blue Jays win. The club’s center fielder did not have a match, but John Schneider assured that it was nothing serious.
- Nice transaction for the Mets.
- A name to watch if the Blue Jays want to get Ian Happ.