Judge has 159 strikeouts this season, second in the majors to Minnesota’s Miguel Sano, who was also an All-Star. The low average and whiffs recall the frustration of last summer’s cameo, when Judge hit .179 and fanned in half his at-bats.
Now, after months of stardom, Judge knows he can weather a slump. He has seen more high fastballs in the second half and chased more pitches out of the strike zone, but has reason to believe he can adjust.
“If I feel good, I’m happy with that,” Judge said. “The results will come or won’t come. It’s just about sticking with the process, sticking what I know is going to work. If I do that, good things usually happen.”
He does not need to see that for himself. When Judge sends a ball into orbit, he puts his head down and trots. Even the pitcher wants to sneak a peek.