The New York Yankees‘ matinee against the Oakland A’s on Wednesday afternoon was very likely to prominently feature the longball. Even though lefty starter Cole Irvin was the third straight A’s starter with an ERA under 3.50 appearing in the series, the Yankees are … well, they’re just that hot.
Despite the supposedly deadened ball, June 2022 is officially the month with the second-most homers in Yankee history, ranking behind only Aug. 2019, when the baseball was an absolute live wire.
Therefore, YES Network’s Jack Curry and Chris Shearn weren’t exactly going out on a limb predicting dingers, even against a strong starter like Irvin (who’d surrendered about one per 7.5 innings entering this contest).
What was more impressive was that, in a game of one-upsmanship, both prognosticators turned out to be right, and were able to gloat behind the scenes to the other as the Yankees erased an early 3-0 deficit.
On the pregame, Shearn preempted Curry’s prediction segment by announcing that Giancarlo Stanton was going to go deep in the contest, knocking his fifth homers in six games. Undeterred, Curry regained his footing and went with Aaron Judge instead.
Both were right.
Jack Curry and Chris Shearn of YES Network predicted Yankees’ future vs A’s
Got the winning lottery numbers too, guys? Man, it would be nice if lining up the Powerball were as easy as predicting when the Yankees’ record-approaching power bats were planning to go deep.
The Judge shot was his 29th of the season on June 29th, an extremely noteworthy number. Though “pace” is impossible to predict (after all, wasn’t Judge nearly silent for the season’s first 13 games before he exploded?), he’s still well-positioned to sneak ahead of the Roger Maris number and get to 62 bombs.
Is that “likely”? Of course not. So many things still have to break right to make it happen. But it means that a Judge and Stanton dual home run game is still a pretty solid bet.
Oh, and who do we have to pay to get Stanton’s theatrics to the All-Star Game? He’s now sitting at 19 bombs and an .856 OPS. That’s plenty good enough.
Curry? Shearn? Are you guys on that one, too?
The Yankees finished off the win on Wednesday and are now 25-1 all time when both Judge and Stanton homer in the same game. It’s a nice thing.