Aaron Judge Home Runs: How to Watch Yankees-Red Sox, Live Stream, TV Channel as the No. 61 HR Chase Continues

Aaron Judge continues his search for home run history on Thursday night when the Yankees host the Red Sox. Judge hit three home runs in two games on Sunday and Tuesday (the Yankees were rested Monday) to advance to 60 for the season. His next hit, No. 61, will tie him with Roger Maris for the most in AL and Yankees single-season history.

Judge hit No. 60 Tuesday night in the ninth inning, the home run to left-center sparking a wild Yankees comeback against Pittsburgh reliever Wil Crowe. Judge is now one of only six players with a 60-home run season in the MLB and tied with Babe Ruth for eighth in a single season. Judge played well Wednesday, though he didn’t hit a long ball, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and scoring two runs. He came to the plate for a fifth down with a home run in the eighth inning of a blowout win, but walked on four pitches.

Can Judge move up the rankings on Thursday night and catch (and potentially pass) Roger Maris? This is what you need to know about the game.

Yankees vs. Red Sox broadcast information

Weather: 7:15 p.m. ET | Date: Thursday, September 22
Location: Yankee Stadium, New York
television channel: Fox
live broadcast: fuboTV (try free), MLB.tv

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MLB home run leaderboards

Judge enters Wednesday’s game tied for eighth on the MLB single-season home run list and tied for second on the American League single-season home run list. Have a look:

Most home runs in a season, MLB
1. Barry Bonds, 73, 2001
2. Mark McGwire, 70 years old, 1998
3. Sammy Sosa, 66, 1998
4. Mark McGwire, 65, 1999
5. Sammy Sosa, 64, 2001
6. Sammy Sosa, 63, 1999
7. Roger Maris, 61 years old, 1961
T8. Aaron Judge, 60, 2022
T8. Babe Ruth, age 60, 1927

Most home runs in a season, American League
1. Roger Maris, 61 years old, 1961
T2. Aaron Judge, 60, 2022
T2. Babe Ruth, age 60, 1927
T4. Hank Greenberg, age 58, 1938
T4. Jimmie Foxx, age 58, 1932
6. Alex Rodriguez, 57, 2002

scan report

The Red Sox send veteran right-hander Michael Wacha to the mound to start Thursday. Wacha, 31, is in the midst of a professional renaissance. After seven years with the Cardinals, 2013-19, he endured rough seasons with the Mets and Rays before signing with the Red Sox for 2022. In 20 starts this season, he is 11-1 with a 2.61 ERA (160 ERA+ ), 1.03 WHIP and 92 strikeouts in 114 innings.

As you can see from that stat line, Wacha isn’t a high-volume strikeout guy, so the chances Judge can put the ball in play multiple times are pretty good.

Wacha has been good at keeping the ball in the yard this season. He has allowed 11 home runs, which is 0.9 per nine innings against a league average of 1.1 HR/9.

Though much better at home (1.72 ERA at Fenway Park), Wacha isn’t bad on the road, having thrown a 3.36 ERA with six homers allowed in 61 2/3 innings on the road. He pitched seven shutout innings against the Yankees this year in their only previous meeting, though that was at Fenway. In fact, he had great success at Yankee Stadium last season (0.71 ERA in 12 2/3 innings).

Now for the big takeaway, something that will surely be highlighted with great effort in the broadcast: Judge is 0-for-14 with nine strikeouts in his career against Wacha.

This isn’t a predictive stat and it’s still a small sample, but sometimes head-to-head data can be an indicator that a matchup suits the pitcher or hitter. Sure, we can rule out the three at-bats from 2017, but the other 11 were either last year or this year.

Plus, Wacha is averaging 5 2/3 innings per start, so the Red Sox bullpen will figure in at some point, too. Judge has had some success against notable bullpen members such as Matt Barnes (2-for-7 HR), Ryan Brasier (3-for-7 HR) and Kaleb Ort (1-for-2 HR).

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