Batting Third: Aaron Judge, RF
The Yankees batting Aaron Judge third is only the beginning.
Gee, when you start to list this lineup piece by piece…you really start to remember why the rest of the world is scared of it.
If we don’t acquiesce to Hicks as the automatic two-hole recipient, we’ve now got the AL batting champ and a 38-homer shortstop immediately preceding Aaron Judge in an ideal lineup construction. That’s nasty. If you thought there was “no break” for the pitcher before, imagine making your MLB debut and sniffing this gauntlet? This is the kind of crew that makes you sue the Houston Astros for damages.
2021 is a make-or-break year for Judge’s Yankees future, and we’re not making any drastic changes to the way he must prepare for it. Come to the plate third, ideally with two of the strongest hitters on the team already on base ahead of you, and mash the way you did to kick off the 2020 season, when the “Face of Baseball” conversations were back in earnest.
130 games out of Judge will be the necessary minimum in 2021. Do us proud.