We are 1/4 of the way through the season, and Judge is stuck at 6 HRs and a 0.255 batting average. Even with his 10-day injury absence, the falloff from last year is considerably sharper than expected (no one expected another 62 HRs). He is just not making the kind of quality contact he made all of last year. There are too many weak fly ball outs. Has his hip been bothering him all along? Is he fully healthy?
With a 9-year $360 million contract, his performance this year is worrisome indeed. Right now Rizzo is carrying the offense. If we are going to leave the basement of the AL East, Judge has to start hitting like, well, Aaron Judge.