New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has become more comfortable with playoff baseball as he’s now playing in his third straight postseason.
Aaron Judge, despite not being able to produce as heavily in 2019, is now in his third straight postseason. The slugging outfielder only played in 102 games, having battled numerous injuries this year.
Nonetheless, Judge was able to do enough to help the New York Yankees reach the postseason. Being that it’s the third playoff appearance of his career, Judge reflects on his early playoff days and how his comfort level has grown through the years.
“[The] first year is like a practice test, where you go through the motions your first time into it,” Judge said of his experience in the playoffs, per Dan Martin of the New York Post. “[In 2017], I could sit up here and say I wasn’t nervous, but I was nervous, excited. I think after you get a couple games in, get that feeling of what postseason is about, you settle down a little bit.”
Judge is 3-for-6 with four walks and three runs scored. His efforts have helped the Yankees jump out to a 2-0 ALDS lead over the Minnesota Twins.
The Yankees had Sunday off and will travel to Minnesota for Game 3. The potential series-clinching matchup for the Bombers will be at 8:40 p.m. ET on Monday.
Judge hit second in the lineup and played right field in each of the first two playoff games. However, it’s still unclear where in the field he’ll play and what spot in the order he’ll bat for Game 3, as the lineup has yet to be released.