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Jerry Sullivan's Power Take: Judge-ment time for Yankees' Joe Girardi

During his 56-game hitting streak in 1941, Joe DiMaggio struck out five times. In his last 56 games, rookie Aaron Judge has struck out 88 times. On Sunday, he extended his MLB record by striking out in his 37th consecutive game.

That's troubling for Yankee fans, who have watched Judge go from an MVP favorite to a flailing mess since the All-Star break. Judge, who was hitting .330 and slugging .701 on July 8, is batting .169 with seven homers since the break.

Suddenly, "All Rise" has given way to calls for Judge to fall in the batting order. Despite Judge's struggles, Yankee manager Joe Girardi hasn't dropped him from the No. 3 spot, which generally goes to a team's best hitter.

Girardi is a mediocrity, slow to adjust. After Judge went 1-for-16 with eight Ks in the last four games, he said Judge would stay in the No. 3 hole, though the kid acknowledged the pressure of hitting third. Girardi said no one else was hitting well enough to do it.

Maybe he hasn't noticed that Chase Headley is hitting .342 since the break, or that Didi Gregorius is batting .342 in August, or that Gary Sanchez has a 1.032 OPS this month.

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