Aaron Judge seems determined to put an end to any discussion of who the American League MVP is, scoring his 58th and 59th home runs of the season in the New York Yankees’ 12-8 road win against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The judge now has 20 more home runs than any other player this season, and is two home runs off the Yankees and American League record of 61 in a single season, set 61 years ago in 1961 by Roger Maris. With the 59th of him, he set a new Yankees and American League record for a right hander.
It was a fantastic day for the Judge, who finished four out of five to the pot, even adding a two-point double to the ninth inning to give his team some breathing room.
In a game where the two teams combined for 28 wins, Anthony Rizzo and Oswaldo Cabrera collected three each for the Yankees, while Tyrone Taylor and Kolten Wong each had three for the Brewers, including a home run each.
It was a poor start for Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, who forfeited four runs in five innings while knocking out eight batters, but was still credited with the win as the Yankees never gave up the lead after leaving. game.
The win takes the Yankees’ record to 88-58, leaving them with a five-and-a-half-game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East, while seven and a half games remain behind the Houston Astros for the best American League record.
Soto shines in the victory of Padres
Juan Soto has been in turmoil for the past month, but started to come out with three wins in the San Diego Padres’ 6-1 away win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Soto, 23, was acquired by the Padres in a successful maturity exchange that saw the Washington Nationals receive one of the largest loot in league history, but has yet to live up to its high price.
After just 10 hits in the last month (10 out of 74, .135 batting average), Soto went three out of four on Sunday with a walk, a single, a double and a home run. It was his first home run in September.
Meanwhile, on the mound, Yu Darvish was excellent for the Padres, knocking out eight batters in six goalless innings while allowing only one hit and one walk.
Alvarez remains hot for the Astros
Aside from the Judge, there is probably no hottest hitter in the league right now than Yordan Alvarez, who scored four more RBIs in the Houston Astros’ 11-2 home win over the Oakland Athletics.
While Soto only had 10 wins in 30 days prior to Sunday, Alvarez now has a 10-game winning streak and has 13 wins in his last six games after a couple of doubles against Athletics.
In any other year, Alvarez would be considered a real chance to win AL MVP, as he boasts the third-highest number of home runs in the league (37), the second-best hit rate (.630) and the third-best base over-rate. (.407) – but follows Judge in all three categories.
On the mound, Framber Valdez forfeited two points from six innings, giving him his 26th league-leading “quality start”. No other pitcher has more than 23.