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2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 18, 2022 - 11:10AM #1
TheManMike
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As of 9/18/22, Judge is 4 points behind Twins Arraez for top batting average in the AL. He is already owning the league in HRs and RBIs. If Judge ends up winning the Triple Crown, to me that is an automatic to win MVP since winning the Triple Crown is almost a rare feat considering the competition each player has. Ohtani is great, but what Judge is doing right now is beyond great. Not to mention, the Yankees are actually leading their division. Angels likely won't make the playoffs despite having 2 MVP caliber players on the team.
2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 18, 2022 - 11:35AM #2
Giancarlo
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Sep 18, 2022 -- 11:10AM, TheManMike wrote:

As of 9/18/22, Judge is 4 points behind Twins Arraez for top batting average in the AL. He is already owning the league in HRs and RBIs. If Judge ends up winning the Triple Crown, to me that is an automatic to win MVP since winning the Triple Crown is almost a rare feat considering the competition each player has. Ohtani is great, but what Judge is doing right now is beyond great. Not to mention, the Yankees are actually leading their division. Angels likely won't make the playoffs despite having 2 MVP caliber players on the team.



If the season were to end today, Judge would have to get the MVP.   His WAR as a hitter is higher than Ohtani's combined WAR pitching and hitting.


He's also been doing all of his offensive damage while mostly playing out of position in CF, and he's been a very solid CF'er.   Ohtani has only DH'ed.  Ohtani's hitting numbers are strong but not otherworldly like Judge's.    He's had his best year as a starter, but he's only thrown 148 innings which will hurt his chances at a Cy Young award.


I really like Arraez - that's someone I hope the Yanks go after one day as a FA.   But he recently tweaked his hamstring and that might throw him out of sync and give Judge an opening for the batting title.

2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 18, 2022 - 5:14PM #3
Jon
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.317 Arraez


.316 Bogaerts


Judge still in third at .315


2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 18, 2022 - 5:37PM #4
Jon
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Spoke too soon. Judge's double puts him at .316.


Arraez: .3167


Bogaerts: .3164


Judge: .3162

2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 18, 2022 - 9:15PM #5
Rob
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Judge has made up something like 10 points in the BA race over the last week or so.

2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 19, 2022 - 12:23AM #6
Jon
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Sep 18, 2022 -- 9:15PM, Rob wrote:


Judge has made up something like 10 points in the BA race over the last week or so.




That's what hitting .500 for September will do. Laughing

2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 19, 2022 - 12:23AM #7
Jon
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In the seasons since Cabrera won the Triple Crown in 2012, several star sluggers have been pursuing a Triple Crown down the stretch -- including Vladimir Guerrero Jr. just last year. Here are five recent players who came up just short.






Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (2021, AL): Vlad Jr.'s Triple Crown push was a big storyline in the MVP race against eventual winner Shohei Ohtani, but although he tied for the AL home run crown with 48, he finished second in batting average (.311, behind Yuli Gurriel's .319) and fifth in RBIs (111, 10 behind league leader Salvador Perez).






Marcell Ozuna (2020, NL): Ozuna led in home runs and RBIs during the shortened season, but his .338 average put him third, behind the Nationals’ Juan Soto (.351) and Braves teammate Freddie Freeman (.341).






Christian Yelich (2018, NL): Yeli's NL MVP campaign for the Brewers featured a batting title and narrow misses in homers (36, two behind Nolan Arenado) and RBIs (110, one behind Javier Báez).






J.D. Martinez (2018, AL): Martinez was the AL RBI champ and finished second in both homers (43, five behind Khris Davis) and batting average (.330, 16 points behind Red Sox teammate Mookie Betts).






Miguel Cabrera (2013, AL): Miggy nearly won two straight Triple Crowns, bringing home the batting title but finishing nine homers and one RBI behind Orioles slugger Chris Davis.



2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 19, 2022 - 2:13AM #8
TheManMike
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Sep 18, 2022 -- 11:35AM, Giancarlo wrote:


Sep 18, 2022 -- 11:10AM, TheManMike wrote:

As of 9/18/22, Judge is 4 points behind Twins Arraez for top batting average in the AL. He is already owning the league in HRs and RBIs. If Judge ends up winning the Triple Crown, to me that is an automatic to win MVP since winning the Triple Crown is almost a rare feat considering the competition each player has. Ohtani is great, but what Judge is doing right now is beyond great. Not to mention, the Yankees are actually leading their division. Angels likely won't make the playoffs despite having 2 MVP caliber players on the team.



If the season were to end today, Judge would have to get the MVP.   His WAR as a hitter is higher than Ohtani's combined WAR pitching and hitting.


He's also been doing all of his offensive damage while mostly playing out of position in CF, and he's been a very solid CF'er.   Ohtani has only DH'ed.  Ohtani's hitting numbers are strong but not otherworldly like Judge's.    He's had his best year as a starter, but he's only thrown 148 innings which will hurt his chances at a Cy Young award.


I really like Arraez - that's someone I hope the Yanks go after one day as a FA.   But he recently tweaked his hamstring and that might throw him out of sync and give Judge an opening for the batting title.




I don't wish harm on anyone who doesn't deserve it, but it would be nice to see Arraez sit for the remainder of the season especially since the Twins are looking like a team that will miss the playoffs this season.

2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 19, 2022 - 2:18AM #9
TheManMike
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Update: As of 9/19/22, here are the top 3 players battling for the AL batting average:


Arraez: .317


Bogaerts: .316


Judge: .316



ONE POINT BEHIND! Go Judge!!

2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 19, 2022 - 4:42AM #10
Jon
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Sep 19, 2022 -- 2:18AM, TheManMike wrote:


Update: As of 9/19/22, here are the top 3 players battling for the AL batting average:


Arraez: .317


Bogaerts: .316


Judge: .316



ONE POINT BEHIND! Go Judge!!




Less than a point.


Arraez: .3167


Bogaerts: .3164


Judge: .3162

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