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  W: K. Allard (1-2)   L: G. Cole (13-8)   S: M. Moore (4)
5:05 PM PT6:05 PM MT7:05 PM CT8:05 PM ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 PM MST7:05 PM EST7:35 PM VEN4:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, October 4, 2022
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas  Attendance: 38,832

Aaron Judge eyes Triple Crown as Yanks face Rangers in DH

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New York Yankees at Texas Rangers

  1. The Yankees and Rangers played a three-game series against each other in New York earlier this season (May 8-9) in which each team scored only five runs and the two clubs combined for only 28 hits. The Yankees won two of the three games despite scoring only one or two runs and recording no more than five hits in each game.
  2. Yankees batters have averaged 3.96 pitches per plate appearance this season, the most by any AL team and fourth-highest in the majors, behind the Brewers (4.05), Dodgers (4.02) and Giants (3.98).
  3. There have been nine instances of an MLB player hitting 60 or more home runs in one season. The three instances by Yankees players are the only ones where the player hit more homers on the road than at home: Babe Ruth in 1927 (32 road, 28 home), Roger Maris in 1961 (31 road, 30 home) and Aaron Judge in 2022 (31 road, 30 home).
  4. Luis Severino has allowed 14 home runs in his 18 starts this season. Severino is 4-1 with a 1.20 ERA in the eight starts in which he did not give up a home run (45 innings) and 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in the 10 starts in which he allowed at least one homer (50 innings).
  5. Texas has the worst record in the majors since August 27 (8-25, .242), despite outhomering its opponents, 43-32, over that span. Home runs have accounted for 52.4% of the Rangers' runs in their last 33 games (66/126) but only 30.7% of their opponents' run total (55/179).
  6. The Rangers are 20-11 in games Martin Perez has started for them this season and 46-81 in starts by all other Texas pitchers. The only other pitchers in whose starts the Rangers have a winning record this year are Taylor Hearn (7-6), Brett Martin (1-0) and Jesus Tinoco (1-0).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 10/3/2022 thru 10/5/2022
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Aaron Judge could have two opportunities to reach the elusive No. 62 homer mark on Tuesday as the New York Yankees play a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

The question is if the Yankees (98-61) will play their MVP candidate outfielder in both games.

Judge has been sitting at 61 home runs since tying Roger Maris' American League single-season mark on Wednesday.

In the Yankees' 3-1 win over Texas on Monday, Judge went 1-for-4 with a check-swing single.

Manager Aaron Boone said during his pregame radio show on Monday that he has had several talks with Judge about dealing with the pressure of chasing a record that has stood for 61 years.

"Just little conversations that I've had with him all the time," Boone said. "Look, nobody is more equipped to handle it, and deal with all the madness around it. But at the same time, he is human. It has been a lot. Hopefully, he can knock it out."

Along with his chase for 62 home runs, Judge has a chance to win the Triple Crown. Judge leads the AL in homers and RBIs (130), and his .311 batting average is second to the .315 mark of the Minnesota Twins' Luis Arraez.

"A Triple Crown would be amazing," Judge said. "I think we're still a long way from that."

New York will start Jameson Taillon (14-5, 3.83 ERA) for Game 1, while the Rangers (66-93) will turn to Jon Gray (7-7, 3.93).

In Game 2, Gerrit Cole (13-7, 3.51) will close out his regular season for the Yankees. Texas had yet to announce a starter.

Taillon has faced the Rangers twice in his career, going 1-0 with a 5.91 ERA in 10 2/3 innings. The 30-year-old right-hander has logged 171 1/3 innings and 146 strikeouts on the season.

Gray is winding down his first season with the Rangers.

This will be his second start against New York this year. On the road on May 9, Gray didn't allow a run in 4 1/3 innings during a no-decision. Judge walked and grounded out vs. Gray in that contest, their only head-to-head matchup.

In two career starts against the Yankees, the right-hander has a 4.32 ERA and no decisions.

In Game 2, Cole will make his 33rd start, and he is closing in on a 200-inning season. The 32-year-old is at 194 2/3 innings, and he leads the majors with 248 strikeouts.

Cole faced the Rangers on May 8 at home, and he gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings with a walk and 10 strikeouts in a no-decision.

Lifetime against Texas, Cole is 5-3 with a 3.91 ERA in 12 starts.

While the Yankees can use these final games to rest regulars, the Rangers have spent most of the second half evaluating their young players while providing opportunities for some veterans to go for personal milestones.

Marcus Semien scored his 100th run on Sunday, and the second baseman also has a chance to have a 25-homers and 25-steal season. Entering the doubleheader, he is sitting on 26 homers and 24 steals.

Semien also takes pride in playing every day.

"I play a lot of games, so I want to get on base and score runs," Semien said. "I feel like in the years coming, I want to set my goals even higher. Let's see what I can do."

--Field Level Media

Updated October 4, 2022

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