Lastly, we’ll go over the outfield and DH offerings from both clubs.
First up, the Blue Jays bring a group of All-Star calibre talents and hopefuls. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and George Springer are enjoying productive seasons, both bringing in an OPS+ above 110. Teoscar Hernandez has begun to find his stride as well, hitting a ball a humble 461 feet this past Wednesday. Sadly, the fun ends there. Raimel Tapia, though he’s been hotter lately, hasn’t displayed any game-changing talent this year. Bradley Zimmer, while gifted in the field, wields a pedestrian OPS+ of 15.
The outfield and DH combination of the New York Yankees is interesting, to say the least. On the not-so-great end of the spectrum, both Joey Gallo and Aaron Hicks have been disappointing. The two historically good hitting outfielders have yet to put much together at the plate this year. Meanwhile, the other three players are all contributing in astronomical ways.
Giancarlo Stanton, between starts in the corner outfield and DH, is in the midst of one of the better seasons of his career. Matt Carpenter, out of nowhere, has had six of his eight hits go over the fence, lifting the Yankees to numerous victories over his 11-game Yankee career. Lastly, Aaron Judge enters this weekend as the AL MVP as of now. While playing both right and centre field, he’s put forward an 201 OPS+ while leading MLB in homers with 25.
The Blue Jays have talent in the outfield, but there’s no ignoring the greatness of Aaron Judge.
If you’ve been counting, both the Jays and Yankees have the advantage in two separate areas of their roster. Both AL teams are stocked with talent, and this weekend will be a treat not just to fans of those clubs, but to baseball fans as a whole.