LADY AT THE BAT: Aaron Judge Biggest Negative Of Boston Series Loss

Monday, August 21, 2017

Aaron Judge Biggest Negative Of Boston Series Loss

After Friday's devastating loss, it was hard for most Yankees fans to believe that their team could win even one game in the latest Red Sox series. But, win one game they did. However, there weren't too many other positives to point to. The negatives far outweigh them.

The biggest negative (the one people are talking about most, anyway) was and is Aaron Judge. Judge almost made it through yesterday's game without striking out. It would have snapped his record single-season consecutive-game K streak. It might have turned some of the attention away from him for a while. No such luck.

After the game, Judge stood near his locker wearing a huge ice wrap on his left shoulder. In response to reporters' questions about it he said the shoulder, "doesn't bother me at all." Really? Then why was it being iced?

Of course, it is possible that there is nothing at all seriously wrong with Judge's shoulder. Position players do wear ice wraps on their shoulders after games sometimes. It's just hard not to think the worst knowing how bad Judge has been since the All Star Break.

During that same talk with the press, Judge admitted, "I'm not getting the job done."  Also, in response, seemingly, to calls for him to be dropped in the order, he insisted, "I want to be there. I'm a three hitter, I'm the middle of the order. I've got to be that guy for the team." He concluded, "It's a little disappointing not to get the job done, but nothing you can do about it. You can't pout, you can't cry. You've just got to keep working and moving on."

So, why hasn't Judge been dropped in the order?  In response to another fan's question about it, WFAN's Sweeney Murti offered this theory:
I think Joe Girardi has choices now (Gregorius and Headley, for example). But, we all know how stubborn the manager of the Yankees can be. His stubbornness was why it took him so long to remove Aroldis Chapman from the closer job.

Today is an off-day for the Yankees. If I were Girardi, I would also let Judge sit tomorrow for the opener of the Detroit series. We'll see if that happens.

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