Aaron Hill lands on DL for fast-starting Jays

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The AL East is down a second star second baseman after Aaron Hill was placed on the disabled list Monday because of a strained hamstring.
While Brian Roberts appeared DL bound from the moment he suffered a strained abdominal muscle, the Hill moves comes as a surprise. Expectations were that he’d be back early this week after hitting off a tee Sunday. Obviously, he didn’t feel nearly as well as hoped after arriving at the ballpark today.
With Hill sidelined, the Jays’ lack of depth will quickly become apparent. Long-time minor leaguer Mike McCoy and defensive specialist John McDonald are the fallbacks at second base.
If the team had a legitimate fourth outfielder, one could argue for putting Jose Bautista at second instead. However, that wouldn’t make any sense if it was just opening playing time for the newly recalled Jeremy Reed. McCoy figures to get most of the action for now.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: