2022 Aaron Judge home run pace tracker

Sarah Langs


By Sarah Langs
www.mlb.com

Aaron Judge has hit 59 home runs this season. What could be on the docket for the rest of the season? Here’s a look at his homer pace and potential context.

That would be the most in a season in Yankees history. Roger Maris’ 61 in 1961 is also the American League record.

Most HR in a season, Yankees history:

1961 Roger Maris: 61
1927 Babe Ruth: 60
1921 Babe Ruth: 59

Judge is on pace for 65 home runs. That would be one homer every 2.7 team games over the Yankees’ final 16. Here’s how that pacing compares to Maris and Ruth in their 61 and 60-homer seasons, respectively.

In 1961, Maris hit 56 home runs in the Yankees’ first 146 games, the ’22 club’s current total. That was a rate of one every 2.6 team games. He hit five homers the rest of the way in the team’s final 17 games, as they played 163 with an early-season tie. That’s a rate of one every 3.4 team games.

In 1927, Ruth hit 53 home runs in the Yankees’ first 146 games. That’s a rate of one home run every 2.8 team games. He hit seven the rest of the way, in a 154-game season, with a 155th in the form of a makeup game due to a tie — so, over the course of nine team games. That was a rate of one home run every 1.3 team games down the stretch.

So far this year, Judge hit six home runs in April (played in 20 games), 12 in May (27 games), 11 in June (28 games), 13 in July (25 games), nine in August (27 games) and eight so far in September (15 games).

In ’61, Maris hit one home run in April (played in 15 games), 11 in May (26 games), 15 in June (32 games), 13 in July (28 games), 11 in August (31 games), nine in September (28 games) and one in one October game.

In ’27, Ruth hit four home runs in April (played in 15 games), 12 in May (28 games), nine in June (23 games), nine in July (31 games), nine in August (26 games), 17 in September (27 games) and none in one October game.

WOULD BE MOST IN MLB SINCE

It would be the fifth 65-plus homer season in MLB history. There have been eight with at least 60.

Most HR in a season, MLB history:

2001 Barry Bonds: 73
1998 Mark McGwire: 70
1998 Sammy Sosa: 66
1999 Mark McGwire: 65
2001 Sammy Sosa: 64
1999 Sammy Sosa: 63
1961 Roger Maris: 61
1927 Babe Ruth: 60

The most home runs by a right-handed AL batter in a season is 58, by Hank Greenberg in 1938 and Jimmie Foxx in 1932.

Here’s how many homers each 60-homer hitter had through 146 team games — the Yankees’ current total, which has Judge at 59.

Most HR in a season, MLB history — with totals through 146 team games:

2001 Barry Bonds: 73 — 63
1998 Mark McGwire: 70 — 62
1998 Sammy Sosa: 66 — 58
2022 Aaron Judge: 65 (current pace) — 59
1999 Mark McGwire: 65 — 55
2001 Sammy Sosa: 64 — 54
1999 Sammy Sosa: 63 — 59
1961 Roger Maris: 61 — 56
1927 Babe Ruth: 60 — 53

Judge currently has a 20-homer lead over Kyle Schwarber for the MLB lead.

That would be the fifth-largest difference between Nos. 1 and 2 in home runs for a season, behind only:

1921 Babe Ruth: +35
1920 Babe Ruth: +35
1926 Babe Ruth: +26
1928 Babe Ruth: +23

WHAT ABOUT THE TRIPLE CROWN?

We already know that Judge leads MLB, and thus the AL, in homers and RBIs, but he has a chance at leading all Triple Crown categories in the AL, too. The last winner was Miguel Cabrera in 2012 — before that, no player had won a Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

Here’s where Judge stands:

Here are the upcoming announced probable pitchers facing the Yankees, and Judge’s home run history against each, if any.

Tuesday vs. Pirates — TBA
Wednesday vs. Pirates — RHP Roansy Contreras: has not faced

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