If you had been asked this time last month, this is the last record you would have expected Aaron Judge to break this season.
With his ninth-inning strikeout in Wednesday night’s game against the Mets, Judge has now struck out in 33 consecutive games, breaking Adam Dunn’s record for non-pitchers.
Judge’s streak dates back to July 8, just before the All-Star break. He is batting .191 with seven home runs and 55 strikeouts during that period. He has struck out multiple times in 18 of the 33 games.
Dunn set the previous mark in 2012, a year in which he led the majors with 222 strikeouts, one shy of Mark Reynolds’s all-time record. Dunn struck out in the first 32 games of the season. The streak could technically be counted as 36 games, since he struck out in the last four games of the 2011 season as well.
After hitting .329 in the first half, Judge’s July and August slump has dropped his season average to .290. The Yankees have been able to weather the rookie’s struggles at the plate, though, going 18–14 during the streak.
But Wednesday night wasn’t all bad for Judge. He also hit a towering 457-foot home run.