Aaron Judge finishes off torrid May by breaking a Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Yankees record

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 31: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates with Alex Verdugo #24 after hitting a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the third inning at Oracle Park on May 31, 2024 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Aaron Judge has been unstoppable in May. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

About one month ago, there were concerns that New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge had begun his descent. As of April 22, he was hitting .174/.308/.337 with three homers 31 strikeouts. With Judge at 32 years old, it was very conceivable that his hard-swinging, high-strikeout approach was starting to catch up to him.

Let’s just say there aren’t as many concerns now.

Facing the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Judge clubbed his 19th and 20th home runs of the season to take sole possession of the MLB lead in long balls. With runners on the corners, one out and the count full, Judge took a well-placed splitter from Giants starter Jordan Hicks and deposited in the left-field stands.

Judge followed that up with another homer in the sixth inning, sending an inside sinker to dead center for his first multi-homer game of the season. He’s also the first player in MLB to reach 20 home runs.

Judge was previously tied at 18 homers with Baltimore Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson and Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker.

The first homer didn’t just give Judge the MLB lead, though. Per MLB Network, it also broke a record previously held by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig for the most extra-base hits ever hit by a Yankee in May, with 25.

It’s an admittedly specific statistic, but it still shows just how unstoppable Judge has been since he turned it on. He entered Friday hitting an unfathomable .355/.479/.871 in May, and reached 14 homers for the month with the two off Hicks. He now leads the AL in doubles, homers, walks, slugging percentage, total bases and OPS.

That effort, in addition to AL on-base percentage leader Juan Soto and a surprisingly strong Yankees rotation, has the Yankees holding a 39-19 record entering Friday, good for first place in the AL East.

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