Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday he has no plans to move Aaron Judge down in the order during the ALCS, despite Judge setting an MLB playoff record 16 strikeouts in the five-game ALDS victory over the Indians.
"I never talked about moving him down," Girardi said.
Judge had one hit in 20 at-bats against Cleveland, a two-run double off Trevor Bauer in Game 4. Judge hit a two-run homer in the wild card win over the Twins.
"I don't want to lose sight," Girardi told reporters in Houston before Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros. "Yes, he struck out a lot. Some of them were borderline pitches? Yes. Were they long at-bats? Yes. Did we face a really good pitching team? Yes. There were a lot of guys that didn't have a lot of hits. I don't want to lose sight that he has four RBIs in six games either in the playoffs."
For Game 1, Judge batted second in front of Gary Sanchez with Didi Gregorius fourth against Astros lefthander, Dallas Keuchel. When righthander Justin Verlander starts Saturday for the Astros, Girardi expects to return to Judge-Gregorius-Sanchez at the 3-4-5 spots.
On Friday, with lefthander Dallas Keuchel starting, DH Matt Holliday got his first playoff start.