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10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE11:05 AM CT, September 24, 2022
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Aaron Judge's homer chase eclipses Yanks-Red Sox matchup

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Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

  1. The Yankees are 9-6 against the Red Sox this season (4-2 in New York, 5-4 in Boston). Eight of the 15 games in the season series have been decided by a one-run margin, with four one-run wins for each team.
  2. The Red Sox have scored 48 runs and recorded 80 hits in their last nine games, but over 60 percent of their runs (30) and more than half of their hits (41) came in two games: a 17-4 win at Baltimore on September 10 (21 hits) and a 13-3 victory at Fenway Park against the Royals on Sunday (20 hits).
  3. Home runs have accounted for 57.2 percent of the runs the Yankees have scored in home games this season, the highest percentage for any MLB team (Milwaukee is second, 54.0%). The Yankees rank fifth in percentage of runs via homers in road games this year (45.7%).
  4. Aaron Judge has a .500 batting average (22-for-44) during his current 11-game hitting streak. Judge's hit total is his highest over any 11-game span in his major-league career. It's his third-longest single-season hitting streak, behind 13- and 12-game streaks in 2018.
  5. The Red Sox have a 15-5 record in Michael Wacha's 20 starts this season. Boston's .750 winning percentage in Wacha's starts is the third-highest by an AL team in starts by one pitcher this year (minimum: 20 starts). The Astros are 19-6 (.760) in Justin Verlander's starts and the Blue Jays are 22-7 (.759) when Jose Berrios is their starting pitcher.
  6. Jameson Taillon's average of 1.65 walks per nine innings this season is the fourth lowest among AL qualifying pitchers (Kluber 1.10, Gausman 1.47, Verlander 1.55). But Taillon has allowed 64 extra-base hits this year, third most among AL pitchers, behind Jordan Lyles (70) and Marco Gonzales (68).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/22/2022 thru 9/25/2022

Every time Aaron Judge steps to the plate, the cell phones go up, as if the crowd expects him to homer on demand.

Fans have anticipated Judge's 61st homer for three games, but they still left happy after each of those contest because his team, the New York Yankees, won.

On Saturday afternoon, the Yankees and Judge will again oppose the visiting Boston Red Sox, and the slugger will make his latest attempt to match the American League home run record set by Roger Maris in 1961. New York also will seek a sixth straight win.

Since reaching 60 homers in the ninth inning on Tuesday, Judge is 3-for-10 with four walks to extend his on-base streak to 22 games. On Thursday, he hit a fly ball 404 feet to the warning track in center in the ninth inning off Boston's Matt Barnes. On Friday, Judge hit a fly ball to the track in left in his second at-bat against Rich Hill.

While the fans await Judge's record-tying homer, the Yankees (92-58) are on their best run since the All-Star break. Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres drove in a pair of runs apiece and Jose Trevino got the game-winning hit in the eighth inning of a 5-4 win over Boston on Friday, New York's 13th victory in 17 games.

"He's making good swing decisions," New York manager Aaron Boone said of Judge. "It's going to come. But it is a peek behind just how great a player he is, that when he doesn't hit the ball out of the ballpark, he's still impacting us in a big way -- getting on base, his outfield play, on the bases.

"So, with obviously all the noise around this and the excitement around this understandably, he's still going out there and just putting together good at-bat after good at-bat."

Judge takes an AL-best .315 average into Saturday, just ahead of the .314 mark of Boston's Xander Bogaerts. During his on-base streak, Judge is batting .449 (35-for-78) with 11 homers and 19 RBIs.

"He's one of the best in the game, if not the best," Hill said.

Bogaerts got a day off on Friday after going 0-for-5 on Thursday. In the latest defeat, the Red Sox were unable to score after Alex Verdugo hit a tying homer in the sixth inning. Boston struck out 12 times and dropped to 6-11 in the season series.

Judge will take his next crack at 61 vs. Nick Pivetta (10-11, 4.35 ERA), against whom he is 5-for-11 with two homers.

Pivetta is 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA in four starts against the Yankees this season, having allowed eight homers in 18 2/3 innings. Judge took him deep for his 32nd homer on July 16 in New York and his 56th homer on Sept. 13 in Boston.

Pivetta is 0-3 with an 8.78 ERA in seven career appearances (six starts) against the Yankees and is 0-3 with an 11.57 in three career starts in New York.

Overall, Pivetta is 2-6 with a 5.83 ERA in his past 14 starts. However, he earned a win on Sunday when he allowed three runs in five innings of a 13-3 victory over the visiting Kansas City Royals.

Domingo German (2-3, 3.12 ERA), who has pitched 2 2/3 innings in two appearances since Sept. 7, will start for the Yankees on Saturday.

German is 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 11 career appearances (nine starts) against the Red Sox, whom he held to one run on five hits in six innings in a no-decision on Aug. 12 at Boston.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 24, 2022

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