Mired in a post-All-Star Game slump many were quick to blame on his victorious appearance in the Home Run Derby, Aaron Judge searched for answers.
Was it his swing? Did his desire to showcase his power in the derby dramatically affect his launch angle in the games that followed?cheap nfl jersey shop Was he trying to live up to his home run hitting hype from the season’s first half, and muscle out every pitch he saw?
No, no and no.
As he reviewed the swings he had taken and the pitch counts he faced, the New York Yankees right fielder came to a simple conclusion: He was chasing far too many “good pitches” from opposing pitchers.
Instead, he needed to go after their mistakes. The revelation resulted in a September turnaround he’s hoping will continue this whole season.
Recently, he has replicated it well, smacking a trio of hard base hits in consecutive games this past weekend. If he keeps doing that, 2018 could be as good — if not better — for the reigning American League Rookie of the Year.
“That was the biggest thing, just hunting the mistakes,” Judge said. “Don’t try to go out there where the good pitch is. Try to hunt those mistakes that people leave out there — because there’s a lot of mistakes over the middle.”
According to ESPN Stats & Information, cheap nfl gear for men in 55 games from July 14 (the Yankees’ first game after the All-Star break) to Sept. 12 last year, Judge hit .185 with 11 home runs and a .392 slugging percentage. In the next 16 regular-season games, he batted .385 and led baseball with 11 home runs and a 1.115 slugging percentage.