Rookie Phenom, Aaron Judge, is on pace to add the American League Most Valuable Player Award to his already-impressive resume.

Now that the All-Star break is a thing of the past, Aaron Judge shifts the conversation with leading AL MVP votes at the halfway-mark of the 2017-2018 season. USA Today Sports ranks Judge in 1st place with a vote total of 107, over 30 more points than Houston Astros’ George Springer (75).

Judge continues to carry the powerful momentum from his championship-like performance at the Home Run Derby, leaving the league in complete awe with every swing. He enters the second-half of the season with a .329 batting average, and leads the league with 30 home runs.

This guy bats the hell out of baseballs.

During the New York Yankees’ 3-0 loss to the Boston Redsox last night, fans at Fenway park held their breathe late in the game when Judge hit another incredible bat. The Yankees slugger hit the ball over 400 feet, nearly scoring a two-run homer until center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made the catch of his career.

Judge can’t carry his team by himself, the Yankees are headed nowhere if they don’t get any more help from the supporting cast. Yankees manager Joe Girard tries to make light of the situation and yet has a positive perspective amidst serious doubts surrounding the club.

“We are going in the right direction,” manager Joe Girardi said.

Girard assures the team is going in the right direction, but they appear to be going in the same path after their neutral weekend in Boston. Yankees left right off where they were just before the weekend’s four-game marathon at Fenway Park, 3.5 games behind the Redsox.

It’s simple for this New York team, they will need to step up and fill in the void along with their rookie sensation. Following reports that the Yankees are setting sights on David Robertson and Todd Frazier, Judge will need all the help he can get.

Can Aaron Judge restore the Yankees?

Photo by Arturo Pardavila on Flickr (Original version)UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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