Judge's strikeout in the top of the seventh inning was his 16th of the Yankees' American League Division Series matchup with the Cleveland Indians, setting an all-time record for most whiffs in a single postseason series, per MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.
Judge, 25, put together a rookie season that saw him thrust himself into AL MVP contention. He hit .284/.422/.627 with 52 home runs and 114 runs batted in, setting a single-season record for homers by a rookie.
However, Judge's propensity for striking out nearly derailed his campaign. He struck out in 37 consecutive games across July and August, setting an all-time record with that streak.
Those issues were a little less prevalent in a return to form in September, but Judge has been nowhere close to MVP-caliber during this postseason. His seventh-inning strikeout put him at 1-for-19 in the series.
"He continues to be patient," manager Joe Girardi told reporters. "They're making a lot of good pitches on him, there’s no doubt about that. But he’s maintaining the strike zone when he gets a pitch to hit—and a lot of times, he's able to hit it."
Judge's lone hit of the series was a two-run double in the Yankees' Game 4 victory.
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