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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin are hitting like pitchers.

Gary Sanchez, the one and only Baby Bomber. Friday, September 2, 2016

August 13 Tyler Austin (1B) and Aaron Judge (RF) became the only teammates ever to homer back to back in their first plate appearances (PA). Judge then homered in his second game. Even including their auspicious starts, Austin has hit like a pitcher and Judge looks lost, striking out in 49% of his at bats (AB)...

Even the most delusional of Yankee fans must now realize that their euphoria about the Baby Bombers was misplaced, at least for the time being regarding Austin and possibly Judge. It's likely that Girardi will keep Austin on the bench and play Judge judiciously. Gary Sanchez is the one and only Baby Bomber. Case closed.
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Last night the Yankees were shutout in Baltimore 8-0. Judge was 0 for 3 with two more strike outs (SO). He now has 28 SO in 56 at bats (AB); 50%. His OPS+ is 65.

Austin struck out in his one AB and his OPS+ dropped to 13, which clearly is like a pitcher.

Gary Sanchez was 0 for 2 plus a walk. His OPS+ dropped to 215.

August 1 the Yankees traded their best hitter, Carlos Beltran (Yankee OPS+ 137), for minor league players who cannot help the Yankees this season and are unlikely to ever help them. Other than Sanchez, the only Yankee with OPS+ above league average of 100 is shortstop Didi Gregorius at 101.

Aaron Judge has 63 PA. In 2016 28 pitchers have at least 50 PA. 13 have negative OPS+, whatever that means. 11 have OPS+ greater than 26, which is double Tyler Austin.  3 are higher than the OPS+ 65 of Judge. Here are the top 11 hitting pitchers:

Rk Player OPS+ PA Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Jake Arrieta 102 61 2016 30 CHC NL 26 56 6 15 2 1 2 6 4 0 26 0 1 0 1 0 0 .268 .317 .446 .763 *1
2 Patrick Corbin 97 51 2016 26 ARI NL 31 47 7 15 3 1 0 4 1 0 12 0 3 0 0 0 1 .319 .333 .426 .759 *1/H
3 Jose Fernandez 66 52 2016 23 MIA NL 26 44 3 12 2 0 0 6 1 0 8 0 7 0 1 0 0 .273 .289 .318 .607 *1/H
4 Noah Syndergaard 62 58 2016 23 NYM NL 27 50 6 7 3 0 3 6 6 0 31 0 2 0 1 0 0 .140 .232 .380 .612 *1
5 Madison Bumgarner 54 81 2016 26 SFG NL 30 72 6 12 3 0 3 7 8 0 36 0 0 1 1 0 0 .167 .247 .333 .580 *1/H
6 Adam Wainwright 52 55 2016 34 STL NL 28 50 5 8 5 1 2 11 1 0 16 0 4 0 1 0 0 .160 .176 .420 .596 *1/H
7 Jason Hammel 47 61 2016 33 CHC NL 31 58 6 14 3 0 0 7 1 0 23 0 2 0 0 0 0 .241 .254 .293 .547 *1/H
8 Zack Greinke 44 53 2016 32 ARI NL 23 45 4 11 1 0 0 3 3 0 7 0 3 2 0 1 0 .244 .280 .267 .547 *1/H
9 Robbie Ray 30 52 2016 24 ARI NL 27 47 3 9 2 0 1 2 1 0 24 0 4 0 0 0 0 .191 .208 .298 .506 *1
10 Carlos Martinez 30 53 2016 24 STL NL 27 49 3 12 0 0 0 4 0 0 8 0 3 1 0 0 0 .245 .240 .245 .485 *1/H
11 Stephen Strasburg 26 56 2016 27 WSN NL 23 48 3 10 1 0 0 2 2 0 11 0 6 0 2 0 0 .208 .240 .229 .469 *1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/3/2016.

Bumgarner has the most SO: 36 in 72 AB: 50%, same rate as Judge. Syndergaard has the next highest SO and a worse rate: 31 in 50 AB: 62%. Next is Arrieta, the only pitcher above league average with OPS+ 102, 26 SO in 56 AB: 46%.

Aaron Judge is performing as a good hitting pitcher, maybe number four. So, how come so many Yankee fans and media people haven't noticed?

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