Elite Youth Nico Siragusa Jersey Cool factor: After being hit by Ventura, Machado immediately knew what to do — as obvious as heading to first base after a walk. With no hesitation, he dropped his bat and flung his helmet to the side while heading to the mound. The 99-mph pitch to his ribs clearly stung, as Machado skipped a couple of steps to conceal a fleeting limp. Everything Machado does on the field is smooth, and this was no different.
Harper, meanwhile, adds a bit of eff-you to all his moves. After Strickland’s pitch sprang off his hip, he pointed (cool), flicked his bat aside (really cool) and chucked his helmet like 50 Cent throws a first pitch (not very cool).
Judge’s success has come as a surprise to many after he struggled in his first big league stint in 2016. Judge struck out 50 percent of the time in 2016 (42 times in 84 at-bats) and looked lost at the plate. He was practically an automatic out with two strikes, often chasing pitches out of the zone for strike three.
Determined to right his 2016 wrongs, Judge worked on his approach at the plate during the offseason and the results have been better than anyone could have predicted. Entering play Tuesday, the 6-8 right fielder has a .319/.419/.687 slash line and leads all of baseball with 17 home runs.
Elite Youth James Develin Jersey He has recorded a 2.89 WAR this season, trailing only Mike Trout among position players, and his .419 OBP ranks also ranks second in the American League behind Trout.
There’s no question Judge has been excellent in 2017, but can he keep it going?
Judge recorded just two roundtrippers in 19 games from May 5 to May 27 and saw his average drop from .337 to .316. But he walked 11 times during the stretch to keep his OBP high.