After 5 straight games scoring at least 8 runs, the Yankees reached the 60 game mark scoring 353 runs and belting 102 home runs, the latter a new Yankee record, and the former the third highest Yankee total of the expansion era.
Leading the Pinstripers is phenom Aaron Judge, boasting leading marks in the AL triple crown categories, other AL firsts in WAR, walks, runs, total bases and runs created, and 2nd place in OBP, SLG, OPS, oWAR and right field TZR. More after the jump.
Five straight games of 8+ runs is the longest Yankee streak of the expansion era, and part of 21 such games over their first 60, tied with the 114-48 club of 1998 and the most since the DiMaggio Yankees of 1939. Those ’39 Bombers are also the last Yankee team with more than the 11 games of 10+ runs that this year’s club has posted over its first 60 contests. At its current pace, New York will score 953 runs for the season, within range of the 1998 (965) and 2007 (968) clubs that have the highest Yankee totals since their 1930s teams.
New York’s 102 homers are 7 more than the last Yankee world championship team in 2009, and 23 more than the 1961 club that famously featured a pair of Yankees chasing the Babe‘s then record total of 60 in a season. Mickey Mantle had 19 round-trippers at this point in the 1961 season with Roger Maris at 22, one more than the 21 dingers that Judge has belted (the most home runs by a Yankee after 60 games are 27, by Ruth in 1928 and Mantle in 1956). Projected to a full season, New York would belt 275 round-trippers this year, 30 more (!) than the record total of the 2012 team, and 35 more than the 1961 club.
Judge’s 21 home runs project to 57 for the season, a total that would smash Mark McGwire‘s rookie record of 49 in 1987 (McGwire had 20 home runs at this point of the season). Judge’s current .344 BA is within striking range of Ichiro‘s .350 mark in 2001 (ichiro was at .356 after 60 games), the highest rookie BA since George Watkins’ .373 in 1930. Judge’s current .450 OBP has been bettered only by Shoeless Joe Jackson (.468 in 1911) in a rookie season, while his current SLG (.718), OPS (1.168) and OPS+ (202) all lead the best rookie season totals.
Judge’s current 4.1 WAR projects to 11.1 for the season, a total that would surpass Mike Trout‘s rookie record of 10.8 WAR in 2012. Judge’s (.450) and Trout’s (.461) OBP marks so far this season are on pace to match or better Jim Thome‘s .450 OBP in 1996, the best of the expansion era in an age 25 season. Similar story for SLG with Trout (.742) and Judge (.718) trailing only Babe Ruth’s .847 in 1920 among 25 year-olds. For OPS and OPS+ at age 25, Trout (1.203/222) and Judge (1.168/2.02) sandwich Mantle (1.177/221 in 1957) and trail only Ruth (1.379/255). For WAR per PA among qualified age 25 seasons, Trout and Judge this season are trailing only Ruth and Mantle.