How high can it go?
Aaron Judge’s home run total at the end of this season will almost certainly be in the record books. The outfielder has 60 home runs with 15 games left in the regular season, one shy of Roger Morris’ all-time AL home run record.
The question remains, how many home runs can the Yankee star hit? In accordance with Sportsbetting.agthe over/under for Judge’s home run total this season is 64.5, projecting him to comfortably break the record.
“We originally opened the odds on Judge to break Morris’ record on June 25, and he was a 3-1 outsider to do it,” Robert Cooper, director of trading at Sportsbetting.ag, told the Daily News. “Those odds have fluctuated over the last three months, and of course are now discounted as it seems a foregone conclusion.”
The judge sent The baseball world is in a frenzy with his historic season. His battles have become televised as the final stretch of this season ends. The hype #99 created had the same effect on the gambling world.
“The general buzz and the stakes were significant,” Cooper said. “Normally at this time of the season, the baseball pen is down, except for teams trying to make the postseason. But with the judge and [Albert] Pujols is a constant storyline in the news cycle, there has been a lot of interest surrounding these guys and their teams. The pursuit of records has been great for baseball and great for our industry.”
Puhols is chasing history, and the Cardinals legend is just two homers shy of 700 career home runs. The 42-year-old has hit 19 homers in 98 games this season.
While the long ball is what gets the attention, Judge is on the verge of making more history outside of his historic home run chase. The Yankees superstar currently leads the American League in batting average, home runs and RBI, an incredibly rare triple crown.
Only 10 players in MLB history have won the Triple Crown since RBI became an official statistic in 1920. The last player to do so was Miguel Cabrera in his 2012 MVP season.
According to Sportsbetting.ag, Judge is a -150 favorite to win the AL Triple Crown, despite being just one point ahead of runner-up Xander Bogarts in batting average. Judge entered the final month of the season with a .296 batting average. He hit .475 in 16 games in September, raising his average for the season to a league-leading .316.
The buzz surrounding Judge doesn’t stop at his historic total.
“The other judging props we’ve created around the records and the Triple Crown have been extremely popular with punters,” Cooper told The News. “We’re seeing non-stop bidding every day as the excitement gets louder.”
Gambling lines tell a story. Judge is expected to break the AL home run record with ease and has a 63.6% chance (based on current odds) of winning the Triple Crown, which would be considered insane before the 2022 season begins, or any season in baseball history.