In the meantime, though, you’ll read pieces proclaiming that Judge’s performance so far is on par with other 60-homer seasons of the past. But a lot of those other performances came from guys with names like Sosa, Bonds and, yes, our friend Mr. McGwire during seasons in which their home run totals were almost certainly, uh, aided. So, it’s not really a fair comparison.
None of this is to say I want Judge and Bellinger to fail. It would be great if they’re both approaching 50 homers with a few weeks to go, creating the Great Rookie Home Run Race of 2017. But know this: Since McGwire’s 49 homers in 1987, the most any rookie has hit is Albert Pujols’ 37 in 2001. Baseballing is hard, especially for rookies. Even good ones.
It would be fun to watch Judge and Bellinger take their NFL Cheap Jerseys Nike unprecedented power show into October, but don’t expect the surge to last that long.
None of the fresh talent and clever schemes at the skill positions will matter unless the Vikings fix a line that was a disaster last season. Free agent tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers will play right away and end the revolving door of last year.
Third-round pick Pat Elflein was taken high for a reason, and the Cheap Lacrosse Jerseys Ohio State center will likely find a home fast somewhere on the line. The same likely goes for fifth-round guard Danny Isidora. Veteran guard Alex Boone is healthy, and it helps them if he stays that way. Youngsters like T.J. Clemens and Jeremiah Sirles, pressed into service last year, have windows to make an impression. This line needs all the help it can get.