In the American League, the headlines usually are New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and his 25 home runs so far.
And he deserves it, to be honest: He’s had one of the best seasons in modern Yankees history.
In fact, he has a strong case for being the hottest and best hitter in AL this season, even above the judge.
With two home runs in Wednesday’s opening game against the New York Mets (so far: they’re still playing at the time of writing this piece), Alvarez is up to 21.
He is very close to the judge, and both are seen high above the ground in the junior circuit.
With two home runs, Alvarez’s OPS reached some incredible levels.
Astros writer Michael Schwab tweeted, “Yordan leads MLB in highest Ops with 1.073.”
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— Michael Schwab (@michaelschwab13) 22 June 2022
He gave an out after the tweet was sent, and his real-time OPS currently stands at 1.069.
It’s been an incredible season by a world-class slugger from the left side of the plate.
Alvarez may not have much defensive value, which could hurt him in the MVP race, but he can certainly hit a baseball far.
He is currently hitting .317/.408/.661 with 21 blows, 45 runs scored, and 51 RBI.
He is on pace to reach the first 40-homeer season of his youth career, and will eclipse the 100-RBI mark as long as he remains healthy.
With two knee surgeries and a sizable frame already under his belt, he’s a moderate injury risk, but make no mistake: He’s looking like the most impressive hitter in the league these days.