Is Yankees’ Aaron Judge the best player in MLB?

Is Yankees’ Aaron Judge the best player in MLB?

Is Yankees’ Aaron Judge the best player in MLB?

It was a busy week in the MLB world, with a host of interesting trends and amazing developments in the sport.

From Tony La Russa’s decision making to Aaron Judge greatness, Ben Verlander was here to speak his mind with “Buy Or Sell?” on his podcast “Flippin’ Bats”.

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Aaron Judge, Tony La Russa and more on buying or selling this week

Aaron Judge, Tony La Russa and more on buying or selling this week

Ben Verlander reviews this week’s buy or sell, discussing whether the Angels will make the playoffs, whether Aaron Judge is the best baseball player, and more.

Will the Atlanta Braves NL East win?

The defending world champions struggled early this season, but got into action on Tuesday with a 12-game winning streak. They are currently 35-27, five games behind the Mets, and Verlander said heading into the season that he thought they could be even better this year. Now he’s not so sure.

Buy or Sell?: Sell

“I still feel good about my prediction. They can definitely get into the playoffs, and I believe they will. But I believe in the Mets. … They are going to win the division. I still think keep getting the Braves into the playoffs and it will be a problem when they get there. But I’ll say sell on them beating the NL East.”

Will the angels make the playoffs?

The Angels started the season well, then went on a 14-game losing streak that led to the resignation of manager Joe Maddon. They come into action on Tuesday in third place in the AL West 29-33, 8.5 games behind the Astros. Can they get it together to secure a post-season spot?

Buy or Sell?: Buy

“This team is starting to get back to the team they were. This team is talented enough to make it to the playoffs. That’s why I’m buying. This is my roundabout answer to say I’m buying the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are good enough to get one of the three wild card spots now. They are too talented not to.”

Is Aaron Judge the best player in baseball?

The Yankees slugger is having an epic season, leading baseball in home runs (24), slugging percentage (.686) and OPS (1,077). But is he MLB’s best player?

Buy or Sell?: Sell

“If I start a team tomorrow, who will I take?… Do I take Aaron Judge first? No. I think I’d go with Ronald Acuña or… Mike Trout. Mike Trout is one of the best of all time and he’s still playing still. And he’s still very good. … But nobody plays better than [Judge] right now, which makes this an interesting conversation.”

Is Nickelback a Good Choice for Any Single Song?

It had been less than a week since the Angels were stuck in a 13-game losing streak. In an effort to turn the tide, they took unusual measures – each player used a different song from the band Nickelback as their walk-up music. Sadly, it didn’t save the Angels from a 14th straight defeat, but the players had fun with it. Was it a good idea?

Buy or Sell?: Buy

“When you’re losing, you have to mix things up. … I buy it because I buy the thought process behind it. It didn’t work, and often say what you want about Nickelback from the people don’t like them, but I buy it because of the change.”

Was Tony La Russa’s Deliberate Walk Around the World the Right Call?

White Sox manager Tony La Russa stunned the baseball world — and stunned the Dodgers — last week when he chose to run Trea Turner with a 1-2 count. The next batter, Max Muncy, went on to shoot a three-run homer, and he later admitted he was stoked with a move he deemed disrespectful.

La Russa later defended the move, saying: “Spinner with no tricks, one or two tricks, is very dangerous against the right and especially against the left. If (Will) Smith hit behind him now it would have been something else, but Muncy is there .

“It’s an easy decision. It’s an easy decision for me.”

Buy or Sell?: Sell

“Sell. Sell. I mean, I could go on about this for hours… It’s the baseball gods who immediately step in and say ‘hey Tony, that’s not smart.’ “I looked it up, Trea Turner .197 lifetime hitter in a 1-2 count. … It’s ridiculous. And then he made the reporters feel like they were stupid.”

Shall Matt Carpenter have more home runs than singles this season?

Carpenter has been in tears since joining the Yankees, hitting .332 with a stunning 1,592 OPS in his first 10 games with the club. He has eight hits in his first 24 at bats, including six home runs. Can the power show continue?

Buy or Sell?: Buy

“I’m going to buy. Why not? This is fun. I’m going to buy that Matt Carpenter gets more home runs than singles this year.”


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