Fri Sep 23 2:55am ET
By The Associated Press
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge reacts after hitting a fly out during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols watches his flyout during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
A look at Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals as they approach major home run milestones:
Season HR Total: 60
Thursday's Game: Fell a few feet short of a record-tying 61st homer, hitting a 404-foot drive caught just in front of the center-field wall that nearly won the game in the ninth inning. Also walked three times and struck out once in a 5-4 victory over Boston in 10 innings that clinched a playoff spot for the Yankees.
Friday's Matchup: The Yankees host the rival Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. ET on Apple TV+.
Current HR Pace: Judge is on pace to hit 65.2 home runs this season.
Next HR: Judge's next home run would tie him with Roger Maris for the AL record. Maris hit 61 for the Yankees in 1961.
Career HR Total: 698
Thursday's Game: Drove two balls to deep left field, one for a single and one for an out on the warning track. Went 1 for 4 for the Cardinals in their 5-4 victory at San Diego.
Friday's Matchup: The Cardinals play at the Los Angeles Dodgers at 10:10 p.m. ET on Apple TV+.
Current HR Pace: Pujols is on pace to hit 20.4 home runs this season, so he's on pace for a career total of 699.4.