Aaron Judge’s recent surge has people again talking AL MVP, something his manager wholeheartedly endorses.
“I think you’re going to have to look at his numbers and he’s going to have to be considered,” Joe Girardi said.
The rookie entered Friday night’s game with a .294/..457/.853 slash line, six homers, 13 RBIs and 13 runs in his previous 10 games. He entered the night leading the AL in homers (43), runs (112), on-base percentage (.412), slugging percentage (.589) and walks (110) and was tied for fifth in RBIs (96). His 6.4 WAR (wins above replacement) was second in the AL behind Houston’s Jose Altuve (6.9), according to FanGraphs.
Girardi said he’s also shown himself to be a good defender.
“The way he’s played rightfield, this is not just an offensive player,” he said. “This is a guy that runs the bases extremely well . . . I think he’s definitely in that conversation.”
Back stiffness for Frazier
A heating-up Todd Frazier did not start Friday night after going 2-for-3, including a three-run homer, on Thursday night.
“His back was just a little stiff today,” Girardi said. “He’s available to me tonight if I need him, but so it doesn’t get any worse I said, ‘I’m going to give you today [off] and you’ll be back in tomorrow.’ It’s nothing we’re worried about. There were no tests.”
Frazier had four homers, 11 RBIs and a .463 OBP in his last 10 games. Chase Headley started at third.
Rough go for Hicks
As he tries to come back from an oblique strain, Aaron Hicks now has strep throat to deal with.
“Keep a safe distance,” he said wearily to reporters after taking some dry swings and doing some light throwing before batting practice.
Hicks, who was dressing to head home, said he felt “pretty good.”
“The oblique feels strong,” he said.
Girardi said though there’s no timetable, “I think he’ll play before the season’s out.”