Yankees: DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit might’ve clinched batting title and HR crown in Saturday win


Yankees stars DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit likely both hit their marks on Saturday and earned the AL batting title and home run crown.

All season long, the Yankees have been a roller coaster ride, with two exceptions: DJ LeMahieu, who has done nothing but hit when active, and Luke Voit, who refused to step aside and stop hitting dingers, despite his ever-present Foot Stuff.

And after Saturday’s win over the Marlins, it appears both men are on the verge of making baseball history.

LeMahieu, with a 4-for-5 day, has now raised his average to .359, leaving Tim Anderson of the White Sox in the dust (pending insanity) in the American League batting race. Voit, pouring it on, ripped his 22nd home run of the year to deep right, putting him three clear of another Sox, Jose Abreu.

Sure, something wild could happen (it often does!), but it appears the Yankees are about to finish the 60-game season with the league batting champ and home run king, something that hasn’t been accomplished since Hank Aaron (.355 average) and Eddie Mathews (46 dingers) of the 1959 Braves did the very same.

Is this a 60-game season? Absolutely. Do you like your asterisks on top, or on the side?

But would you really bet against The Machine and Nuke Voit taking home these honors if the campaign were extended to 162?

Though individual honors don’t matter in the long run (unless you’re the Rays — print the banners and the t-shirts!), it’s certainly a point of pride to perform in a season where, largely, things haven’t fallen the way the Yankees expected.

Voit anticipated feasting on the protection provided by Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, and LeMahieu signed up to set the table for those two powerful kings. Instead, both men were forced to take on a bigger burden, and delivered with league-leading aplomb.

No matter how you feel about the Yankees entering the postseason, we need to take a break to give these guys their just desserts.

Voit and LeMahieu are the best the Bronx have to offer, and they may have salted away a little bit of history on Saturday afternoon, keying a must-win game.