Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Yankees: 3 takeaways from Aaron Judge’s winner against the Astros

The New York Yankees have the best record in baseball. This isn’t going to change anytime soon. The Bronx Bombers beat the Astros on Thursday night.

The Astros and Yankees have played one of the best games of the 2022 MLB season, at least so far.

After trailing 6-3 on Yordan Alvarez’s 3-run homer, the Yankees responded with a hit from Aaron Hicks. Of all the players, Hicks was the common denominator for this offense. However, he still rang the doorbell because someone had to be home to make a statement.

Hicks’ home run came after Keel Tucker made what some thought was a game-saving catch for the Astros.

Shortly thereafter, Isiah Kiner-Falefa went on base and attempted to steal the second. Unfortunately, he was called out, but the call was borderline at best.

Yankees-Astros takeaway: Has Isiah Kiner-Falefa been robbed?

Kiner-Falefa was called on a very close steal attempt.

Seems a little safe to us, but what do I know? Even with a replay review, the call was supported. Still, the Yankees will have the last laugh.

Yankees-Astros takeaway: Aaron Judge plays hero

Judge recorded the departure single in time, as he has recorded several times this season. There’s a reason he’s the AL MVP so far.

New York is on fire and can’t seem to stay for more than a day at a time. Winning at their house requires more timely batting and, of course, insurance runs. Houston both lost on Thursday night.

Yankees-Astros Takeaway: Judge Aaron Arbitration Hearing Timely

On Friday, Judge and New York will go before a judge (ironically, no?) to determine whether his last two seasons should earn him $17 million or $21 million in the upcoming league year Dollar. Chances are, the judge will come forward in favor of… the judge. He’s been the best player in New York for a long time. For some reason, taking him to court was a risk the Yankees were willing to take when they had tough offseason negotiations with a potential MVP to become a free agent.

On the eve of the upcoming single, expect some good news from the judges.


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