Yankees observations from first series of 2023: Volpe runs wild, Cole and Brito excel, Judge and Stanton power
Judge and Stanton look powerful for Yankees
Coming off an American League-record 62 home runs in 2022, it was only fitting that Aaron Judge belted a baseball over Monument Park at 109.3 mph and 422 feet in his first at-bat of 2023.
Against the Giants, Judge went 6-13 at the plate, with two of his six hits being homers. In the bottom of the third inning on Sunday, facing a 1-0 count against Ross Stripling, Judge belted a line drive over the left field wall for his second homer of the series.
Two batters later, Giancarlo Stanton also hit his second homer of the series. On the first pitch of his second at bat against Stripling, Stanton unloaded. 117.8 mph and 485 feet later, he'd hit his second Stantonian blast.
Judge and Stanton are two of the biggest and most feared hitters in baseball. If the duo stays healthy, look for them to potentially combine for upwards of 90 trips around the bases.