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Perspectives: June 15, 2022

by Paul Semendinger

June 15, 2022


This has been an absolutely fantastic season thus far for the Yankees. The Yanks right now have a record of 45-16. That is truly remarkable. The 1984 Tigers, who set the standard for early season (and late season) greatness were... 46-16. That's right, the 2022 Yankees have caught up to the 1984 Tigers.

Offensively, except for Aaron Judge, this Yankees team has truly been a collection of excellent players all coming together to be greater than the sum of the individual parts. When one looks at the team, there aren't as many standout performances as one might think for a team doing this well. For example, there are only two Yankees starters hitting over .280. Of the Yankees who have appeared in at least 40 games, here are the top five hitters:

  1. Aaron Judge - .313

  2. Jose Trevino - .300

  3. Giancarlo Stanton - .273

  4. Isiah Kiner-Falefa - .272

  5. D.J. LeMahieu - .262

This doesn't discourage me, at all, because it's actually fun to see the team comprised of a collection of players who are each contributing in their own way.


The Yankees do have a four players who are on pace to hit over 30 homers this year:

  1. Aaron Judge - 24

  2. Anthony Rizzo - 15

  3. Giancarlo Stanton - 13

  4. Gleyber Torres - 12


Aaron Judge has been outstanding. He is standing out as a giant this year with amazing stats. Currently Aaron Judge leads the American League in the following categories:

  • Slugging Percentage - .674

  • OPS - 1.059

  • Runs - 52

  • Home Runs - 24

Judge is also in the Top 10 in the following categories:

  • WAR (position players) - 2nd (3.3)

  • Batting Average - 8th (.313)

  • Hits - 4th (71)

  • Total Bases - 2nd (153)

  • RBI - 2nd (48)


It, of course has been the pitching that has also carried the Yankees thus far. Here are the starters' ERA's:

  • Gerrit Cole - 3.33

  • Luis Severino - 2.80

  • Nestor Cortes - 1.96

  • Jameson Taillon - 2.93

  • Jordan Montgomery - 2.70

And, in 28 games, Clay Holmes has an ERA of 0.30


I wonder what the Yankees will do to try to improve this team. This is where being a GM is often a lose-lose proposition.

One can make the argument that the team is rolling and that it's best to leave well-enough alone. I understand that.

But then one can also argue that the team can improve by getting more production out of some outfield spots (for example).

This is what makes baseball fun. It's great to speculate and predict and to hope and wonder.

For now, I'm just enjoying as much of this as I can. Seasons like this do not come around very often.

Let's Go Yankees!



Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Jun 15, 2022

I appreciate the humor from all.

If Aaron Judge had 148 RBI's in June, I'd give him $50million a year! :)

The typo is fixed.


Jun 15, 2022

Imagine replacing Gallo

by trading him along with Chapman

an an outfield prospect

to the Dodgers

for Bellinger

and a lefty pitching prospect


Jun 15, 2022

148 RBI'S in June........PAY THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!


Jun 15, 2022

I wish Judge had 148 RBI in mid-June, but I think that's a typo.

Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Jun 15, 2022
Replying to

I'd like to have the guy who's ahead of Judge's 148 RBI right now! 😜

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