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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Is a lingering oblique injury contributing to Aaron Judge’s slump?

NEW YORK — Despite being mired in an awful slump, New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge says he’s fine physically.

“It doesn’t affect me at all,” Judge reiterated Thursday to Yahoo Sports of the oblique injury that cost him 54 games earlier this season.

Yet something is clearly wrong.

Because when No. 99 is on, he’s one of the best players in the world.

And right now, he’s off.

And yet he’s still a substantially better player than a certain Phillies outfielder…..

 

 

QLE Posted: August 17, 2019 at 04:20 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: aaron judge, injury, slump

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   1. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: August 17, 2019 at 09:35 AM (#5872108)
(Judge is) still a substantially better player than a certain Phillies outfielder

Not a great time to dump on Bryce, as he's been doing rather well of late...
   2. Walt Davis Posted: August 17, 2019 at 05:22 PM (#5872197)
Well ... the Cubs' bullpen is a bit like a Little League awards dinner -- they make everybody a hero.
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: August 17, 2019 at 09:34 PM (#5872240)
just saw a spray chart of Judge 2019. he has made ONE out to LF all season.

ONE
   4. bfan Posted: August 18, 2019 at 08:10 AM (#5872278)
(Judge is) still a substantially better player than a certain Phillies outfielder


and a certain Padres third baseman. Machado's .808 OPS in this year of hitting is downright pedestrian, but I see much less crap on his season than Bryce's. Why is that?
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 18, 2019 at 10:15 AM (#5872292)
(Judge is) still a substantially better player than a certain Phillies outfielder


Judge is hitting .262/.387/.452 this season. Harper is hitting .252/.372/.491.

   6. rconn23 Posted: August 18, 2019 at 12:34 PM (#5872320)

"Judge is hitting .262/.387/.452 this season. Harper is hitting .252/.372/.491."

One of those guys is playing at about 60 percent with an bad oblique and is barely pulling the ball. Add in Judge's superior fielding, and Judge is still the better player.

"Substantially," is probably a bit strong though.
   7. rconn23 Posted: August 18, 2019 at 12:38 PM (#5872322)
"Machado's .808 OPS in this year of hitting is downright pedestrian, but I see much less crap on his season than Bryce's. Why is that?"

He plays half his games in one of the worst hitter's parks in baseball. Away from Petco .882 OPS, not downright pedestrian. And his defense is still excellent.
   8. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 18, 2019 at 01:05 PM (#5872327)
And more than half the country is asleep once the Padres home and intradivisional games get into the middle innings. That hurts any Western Division player other than the real superstars, and even they don't get nearly the amount of real time TV and streaming exposure that their Eastern and Central Division counterparts enjoy.
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 18, 2019 at 01:56 PM (#5872340)
One of those guys is playing at about 60 percent with an bad oblique and is barely pulling the ball.


Judge has made it through exactly one major league season without sustaining a major injury, so at some point, you have to figure that this is who he is.

There's also this:

Judge, career, on the road: .224/.353/.439
Harper, career, on the road: .271/.377/.497
   10. rconn23 Posted: August 18, 2019 at 04:59 PM (#5872387)
"Judge has made it through exactly one major league season without sustaining a major injury, so at some point, you have to figure that this is who he is."

The injury last season was getting hit in the hand by a pitch, which can happen to anyone. So, yeah, I don't think we're at that point.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: August 18, 2019 at 06:13 PM (#5872401)
Machado has a career 820 OPS, 120 OPS+; this year he's at 808, 111. You can't seriously argue that difference is anything other than trivial.
   12. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: August 18, 2019 at 06:48 PM (#5872406)
#10, man I hate that argument. Anyone can get hit in the hand and miss time, but most players dont. Anyone can strain a muse and miss time, but the great ones typically dont. Judge is very good, no doubt, but as noted, he's only had one full non-injury season. It's a big reason why he's not the best RF in the game.
   13. rconn23 Posted: August 18, 2019 at 09:17 PM (#5872425)
{man I hate that argument. Anyone can get hit in the hand and miss time, but most players dont."

No, you are are correct. A bad pitcher with bad control hit Judge and fractured his wrist and therefore Judge is not great for letting a bad pitcher hit his wrist. Seriously, dude? How is that his fault? He has played three full seasons. he has had one non-contact injury, an oblique.

Yes, getting a wrist fracture from some dumb ass Royals pitcher is … rare, but it does happen. Encarncion got hit this year, guess he's not very good either. I mean … Really?
   14. Sunday silence Posted: August 18, 2019 at 09:25 PM (#5872428)
Ted Williams wearing cast, says "hello."

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