1. Triple Crown
While you were salivating over Judge’s home run total, he was slowly creeping up the AL batting average leaderboard. He’s now tied for second place with a .316 average with Red Sox star Xander Bogaerts and just behind Twins’ second baseman Luis Arraez (.317).
Arraez was batting .335 a month ago. Bogaerts was batting .342 two months ago. Judge was hitting .293 a month ago. That’s how much he’s been dominating the second half of the year.
Judge has all but officially locked up home runs (59 to Yordan Alvarez’s 37) and RBI (127 to Jose Ramirez’s 113). As long as he keeps putting bat on ball, it’s extremely realistic he becomes the league’s first Triple Crown winner since Miguel Cabrera in 2012 (and just the seventh since 1942).
That year, Miggy batted .330, but Judge has walked a total of 109 times this year (17 intentional) compared to Miggy’s 83. Hey, back in 2012, they kept pitching to Cabrera! Don’t kill the messenger! He ended up with 44 homers, 40 doubles, 139 RBI and a 164 OPS+.
What’s even cooler about this is that Judge has a chance to record the best OPS+ as a Triple Crown winner should be continue on this torrid pace. He has to beat out Ted Williams’ 216 and 205 marks from ’42 and ’47 as well as Mantle’s 210 mark from ’56, though.
If he can steal the batting title from a Red Sox player and then figure out a way to best a Red Sox/baseball legend in this well-within-reach triumph? This season might have a few more ways to become even more legendary.