Aaron Judge’s biggest weakness has always been the breaking ball, and it took less than one trip through the American League for pitcher’s to catch on. It goes like this:
Curveball outside. Strike one.
Fastball out of the zone. Ball one.
Fastball up in the zone, or inside – fouled off. Strike two.
Curveball in the dirt. Strike three.
It has become almost a certainty that Judge will strikeout once or twice per game, and his batting average has fallen under .200. Judge is certain to get plenty of playing time this September, and he will have to adjust or he simply won’t make it in the big leagues.