Aaron Judge home run watch: Tracking the Yankees slugger in 2022
With his prodigious home run power, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees is on the verge of a historic season. He may not catch Barry Bonds' all-time record of 73 home runs in 2001, but several other important milestones could be attainable.
Judge could become just the sixth player in baseball history to hit 60 or more home runs in a season (joining Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Maris and Babe Ruth).
He could also approach the Yankees franchise record of 61 homers Maris set in 1961. And since Bonds, McGwire and Sosa all played for National League teams, Maris' total of 61 is still the American League record.
How many home runs does Aaron Judge have?
Judge's three-run blast off Oakland A's left-hander JP Sears on Friday night gave him 49 home runs this season.
How many home runs is Aaron Judge on pace to hit this season?
With 49 homers in the Yankees' 126 games, Judge is averaging 0.39 home runs per game. Continuing on that that pace for the rest of the season, he would finish with a total of 63.
How likely is it Aaron Judge will catch Roger Maris?
Judge needs 12 home runs in the Yankees' final 36 games to tie Maris' AL and franchise record.
That means he'll need to average 0.33 home runs per game (or one homer every 3 games) over the rest of the regular season to get to 61.
How likely is it Aaron Judge will catch Barry Bonds?
Judge needs 24 home runs in the Yankees' final 36 games to tie Bonds' single-season record.
That means he'll need to average 0.67 home runs per game (or one home run every 1.5 games) over the rest of the regular season to get to 73.
Who hit the most home runs in a single season?
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
What is the Yankees' remaining schedule?
Aug. 25-28 at Oakland (Judge: .182, 1 HR in 3 games vs. A's in 2022)
Aug. 29-31 at L.A. Angels (.000, 0 HR, 0 games)
Sept. 2-4 at Tampa Bay (.204, 4 HR, 13 games)
Sept. 5-8 vs. Minnesota (.250, 1 HR, 3 games)
Sept. 9-11 vs. Tampa Bay
Sept. 13-14 at Boston (.277, 3 HR, 12 games)
Sept. 16-18 at Milwaukee (.000, 0 HR, 0 games)
Sept. 20-21 vs. Pittsburgh (.444, 1 HR, 2 games)
Sept. 22-25 vs. Boston
Sept. 26-28 at Toronto (.238, 3 HR, 16 games)
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 vs. Baltimore (.397, 9 HR, 15 games)
Oct. 3-5 at Texas (.200, 0 HR, 2 games)
Patriots offense looked bad in the first quarter
It probably wasn’t the start Jones hoped for on Friday. The Patriots starting offense looked bad in this third preseason game. To make this all worse, Jones and his teammates were playing against the Raiders backups.
The starting offense took the field first in this matchup and quickly went three-and-out as they got beat up front. Jones’ first play was positive with an 8-yard strike to DeVante Parker. That set up the Pats with a second-and-2. That was as good as it got. On the next play, running back Rhamondre Stevenson was hit for a loss for four yards. Then on third-and-6, Jones was sacked by Malcolm Koonce for a loss of 13 yards.
Koonce was initially blocked by Isaiah Wynn, but was then blocked into Jones, by Michael Onwenu, as the quarterback was trying to roll out to his left.
The second series started with a hold call. It ended with an interception. To make matters worse, after getting some momentum with a Jones’ 13-yard scramble, Ty Montgomery was carted off the field at 6:48 of the first quarter with an ankle injury. Stevenson had two nice runs after that, but the drive ended in disappointment when Jones was intercepted by Raiders linebacker Luke Masterson at 5:16. It was an ugly throw as Jones didn’t see the linebacker and threw it right to him.
The third series was another three-and-out. Jones was hit on his first pass attempt, which fell incomplete. Stevenson’s run on second down went for two yards. Hunter Henry hauled in a pass on third down, but was stopped a yard short of the first-down marker.
"It wasn't very good out there," said Jones. "We're all going to come together and be strong... We're going to keep growing and climb the mountain. That starts with me... Everyone is working hard, but it doesn't matter if you can't perform on game day."
Jones had some good moments in the second quarter
The Raiders took their second-string offense out of the game following two series. Jones and the Patriots, however, took the field to start the second quarter as they were clearly looking for some confidence.
This fourth drive wasn’t perfect, but it at least saw the Patriots move the ball and score some points.
Jones hit Nelson Agholor for a gain of 13 to move the chains early in the series. It almost looked like it would end as the quarterback threw a deep pass incompletion to Parker on third-and-3. The offense stayed on the field and converted on fourth down as Kendrick Bourne hauled in a 12-yard reception. The next play was a beauty as Jones threw a rocket to Hunter Henry in a tight window for a gain of 16.
"After the interception, I just tried to clean the plate and start fresh," said Jones. "Sometimes that's getting the frustration out and moving on."
That put the Pats at the 14-yard line, but they dealt with more adversity. Jones was sacked by Tashawn Bower for a loss of six on the next play, but Stevenson responded with a nice 13-yard run. The Patriots thought they had a touchdown on the next snap as Jones hit Parker for a 7-yard score, but the play was nullified as Parker was called for offensive pass interference.
On third-and-13, the offense took one more snap and Jones instantly felt the Raiders pass rush. The Patriots quarterback ran backwards before throwing the ball away. Nick Folk finished the drive with a 35-yard field goal at 9:15 of the second quarter.
Jones' night was over after that.
“We all wish we played better. At this point we have to evaluate the film and just see what we can do better,” said Jones. “We’re trying to get it all together. It’s going to happen. We have to go out there and execute better. That’s what it all comes down to. Individually, I think we can we all can play better. Once that happens collectively it will look a lot better. Good drive at the end obviously wish we scored, but we want to try to do that every drive and keep the consistency there. Just not a good enough effort from us or from me.”
The Patriots defense wasn’t great, either
As bad as the Patriots offense looked to start Friday’s contest, the defense didn’t fare much better. The Pats trotted out several of their projected starters against former Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham and the Raiders' backup offense.
The results weren’t as bad as the offense, but it wasn’t great. The first drive saw Stidham hit DJ Turner for a gain of 14 and then Jesper Horsted for 30 yards. That set up a Daniel Carlson 23-yard field goal. Following Jones’ interception, it took Las Vegas five plays to get in the end zone. Stidham hit Cole Fotheringham for 20 yards. Two plays later Zamir White ran in for a 4-yard touchdown at 3:25 of the second.
Stidham finished the game 4 of 6 for 72 yards. The Pats defense looked better on the third series against third-string quarterback Chase Garbers. Raekwon McMillan stuffed Brittain Brown at the line for no gain on first down. On third-and-3, Matthew Judon hit Garbers, who threw the ball away.
The starting defense was finished after that. The backups came on the field and that saw cornerback Terrance Mitchell give up a 45-yard pass play to Tyron Johnson. Mitchell thought he had safety help on the deep pass play, but didn’t. The Raiders turned that drive into a 50-yard Carlson field goal.
“Didn’t have a real good night tonight in any phase of the game,” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick. “That’s obvious. Might have left in on the practice field on Tuesday and Wednesday. Certainly practiced a lot better than we played out there. Need to clean up a lot of things here… Didn’t play with a lot of consistency. A couple touchdowns called back, didn’t play good defense, didn’t play well in the kicking game. I obviously have to do a better job… We’ll get back to work this week.”