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Sweeny: Judge’s Series In Boston Was Awful, But Don’t Overreact To It

July 17th, 2017 at 6:52 AM
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By Sweeny Murti
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It’s not because of the Home Run Derby. It’s not.

Aaron Judge went 1-for-18 this weekend in the Yankees’ first series after the All-Star break. The Home Run Derby champ was held to a measly single that went about 25 feet with an exit velo so low you could peddle a bike faster.

OK, so Judge came out of the break and hit a slump. It’s a slump. And it’s not the Home Run Derby’s fault. I promise you. Even Tino Martinez agrees with me.

“We all just get a little more tired in the second half,” Tino told me Sunday night. “And the pitchers tend to be a little more careful with you down the stretch. So Aaron is going to have to understand that they are not going to let him beat them depending on how the guy behind him is hitting.”

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The YankeesAaron Judge bats during the first inning against the Red Sox on July 15, 2017 in Boston. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Tino is part of the anecdotal evidence etched in Home Run Derby lore that says he suffered in the second half after winning the Derby in 1997. In reality, Tino had a good second half. It just wasn’t as …

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