Judge, Pujols FAQ: How to watch, pace, more

The baseball world remains intently focused on the Yankees’ Aaron Judge and the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols as they make simultaneous pursuits of history.

Judge is not only one homer away from tying Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 homers from 1961, he’s also contending for the Triple Crown — the league lead in batting average, homers and RBIs. Pujols, meanwhile, joined Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds in the 700 home run club with two clouts at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.

As anticipation continues to mount, here’s everything you need to know.

HOW TO WATCH

Friday

The Cardinals (LIVE at the Dodgers) are part of this week’s Friday Night Baseball doubleheader on Apple TV+. Friday Night Baseball is currently free and does not require a purchase or subscription. Fans can access Friday Night Baseball games on Apple TV+ in the following ways:

Launch the Apple TV app and select the game directly from there.
From the MLB.TV app, tap on Apple TV+ Game to be redirected to the Apple TV app (where available).
Visit https://tv.apple.com/ and log in with or create an Apple ID.
Saturday

Judge: The Yankees’ matchup against the Red Sox (1:05 p.m. ET) will air on the YES Network and on MLB Network (out of market only) and MLB.TV (out of market only). MLB.TV is available for the rest of the regular season for $29.99.

Pujols: You can watch Cardinals-Dodgers (9:10 p.m. ET) on Bally Sports Midwest or MLB.TV (out of market only).

Sunday

Judge: ESPN will have live national coverage of the Yankees’ series finale against the Red Sox (7:08 p.m. ET).

Pujols: The Cardinals’ series finale against the Dodgers will air on Bally Sports Midwest (4:10 p.m. ET). You can also watch on MLB.TV (out of market only).

REMAINING SCHEDULES

Yankees (13 games remaining)

Friday-Sunday: vs. Red Sox
Monday-Wednesday: at Blue Jays
Sept. 30-Oct. 2: vs. Orioles
Oct. 3-Oct. 5: at Rangers

Cardinals (11 games remaining)

Friday-Sunday: at Dodgers
Tuesday-Wednesday: at Brewers
Sept. 30-Oct. 2: vs. Pirates
Oct. 3-Oct. 5: at Pirates

HOME RUN PACE

Judge: With 60 homers through 149 team games, Judge has averaged one home run every 2.5 team games this season. If he keeps up that pace, he would finish with 65 homers, the most anyone has hit in a season since Barry Bonds had an MLB-record 73 in 2001. It would be the fifth 65-plus homer season in MLB history. There have been nine with at least 60.

Pujols: The 42-year-old has hit one homer every 7.9 team games in 2022, a pace that would leave him shy of 700 if it continues. That said, he has gone deep 12 times in 42 team games since Aug. 10, a rate of one homer every 3.5 team games.

WHERE THEY RANK

Most HR in a season, MLB history:

2001 Barry Bonds: 73
1998 Mark McGwire: 70
1998 Sammy Sosa: 66
1999 Mark McGwire: 65
2001 Sammy Sosa: 64
1999 Sammy Sosa: 63
1961 Roger Maris: 61
2022 Aaron Judge: 60
1927 Babe Ruth: 60

Most career HR, MLB history:

Barry Bonds: 762
Hank Aaron: 755
Babe Ruth: 714
Albert Pujols: 698
Alex Rodriguez: 696

TRIPLE CROWN WATCH

Judge has sizable leads in the home run and RBI departments, but he’s in a close race for the AL batting title. Here’s where he stands in each category (through Wednesday):

AL home run leaders:

  1. Aaron Judge: 60
  2. Yordan Alvarez: 37
  3. Mike Trout: 36

AL RBI leaders:

  1. Aaron Judge: 128
  2. José Ramírez: 117
  3. Kyle Tucker: 102

AL batting average leaders:

  1. Aaron Judge: .316
  2. Xander Bogaerts: .314
  3. Luis Arraez: .313