Yankees’ Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton are firing on all cylinders

The numbers are obscene, like they’re straight out of a video game.

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were a two-man machine in May, batting on power, batting on average and drawing walks. There were stunning home runs, searing line drives, and game-changing at-bats.

“When you have two elite players and they play as well as they do, it’s a lot for the opposition to deal with,” manager Aaron Boone said, “and it’s certainly fueled our offense.”

They’ve led the Yankees to a 13-4 record this month and a 21-4 mark overall dating back to April 17, a hot stretch that’s started even the team’s elite pitching squad and to overshadow the greatly improved defense. Since Judge and Stanton became teammates in 2018, they’ve only occasionally hit each other that well.

The numbers are just off the charts. In 15 games this month, Stanton has seven homers, 21 RBIs, postings of .333/.418/.737 and boasting a 1.155 OPS. Judge has eight home runs, 17 RBIs, cuts .323/.403/.742 with 1.145 OPS in another game with five more at-bats.

Aaron Judge, right, celebrates with Giancarlo Stanton.
Aaron Judge, right, celebrates with Giancarlo Stanton.
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This is only the third month that both players have had 17 RBIs or more each while playing together, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Those months were last August and September. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this is also only the third month that both players have each hit at least seven home runs. This also happened before last August and September.

“They carried [that] End of the second half of last season. They got us into the playoffs aggressively last year,” Boone said Friday, shortly after the Yankees-White Sox game was postponed at the stadium due to rain. “Both were great in the second half and they picked that up and obviously both guys have had great starts and are really at the top of their game.”

But this month is far from over. Eleven games remain and neither player seems to be cooling off. Judge has four homers in his last seven games and Stanton has at least one hit in seven of his last eight games along with five long balls.

“It was a lot of fun to see them excel at the same time,” said Gerrit Cole. “Certainly something unique that I have never seen before.”

Since the two became teammates, health has been the only thing holding them – and the Yankees – back. But over the past year, the two have appeared in at least 140 games each, hit 74 homers and 195 RBIs combined, and led the Yankees to the AL wildcard game.

This seems to be just the beginning for her. They’ve been even more dangerous this season — they’re both potential All-Stars and potential MVP candidates — and their team has had one of the best starts in the franchise’s long history.

“As long as they’re in the lineup, you’re feeling pretty good. They’ve been through quite a lot together here in the last few weeks,” said DJ LeMahieu. “Nothing surprises me about either of them. They are both two of the best players in the league.

“When they both go off at the same time, it’s pretty impressive to watch. If you score before them, you just want to get to base.”

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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