Leading off for the Yankees, Aaron Judge?
Yes, you read that correctly. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that Aaron Hicks will likely lead off most games for the Bombers, but when asked how he could flip the lineup, he noted Judge potentially filling that slot.
"First I think DJ [LeMahieu], especially with the way he hits left-handed pitching," Boone told the media on Sunday. "He can certainly be an option up there. We could even flirt with the big boy up there, Judge in certain situations. But I do like Aaron (Hicks) at the top of the order. [Brett Gardner] could play into that mix, especially against right-handed pitching. So it kinda depends on who's in the lineup that day, who the pitcher is, who the opponent is. I would say Aaron Hicks is probably the frontrunner to be that guy to lead off."
It would be interesting to see Judge lead off for the Yanks instead of sitting in his normal two-hole. He could place Giancarlo Stanton behind him when the situation presents itself, but given the power these two both possess, leaving them in the middle of the order to bring in runs makes more sense in theory.
Still, it is the Yankee way to keep all options open, and that's what Boone is doing with this comment.