Though Monday night will mark a big moment in the 2020 MLB season, as the Phillies will return from their brief hiatus after a coronavirus outbreak within the Marlins' organization, there is another milestone on the horizon.
It has nothing to do with the Phillies, though, unless you consider their disappointing recent pitching performances a relevant factor.
No, we're talking about a milestone having to do with their opponent, the Yankees. We're talking about the torrid pace at which the star outfielder Aaron Judge has been crushing home runs over the last week. On Sunday, he belted two home runs to further his streak to five consecutive games with a home run.
Though five straight contests with a home run is nothing to shrug off -- it's still a really impressive feat -- it isn't the most exclusive club in the game. After all, it's happened more than 50 times since 2000, including efforts from Albert Pujols (August of 2007) and Nelson Cruz (April and July/August of 2015).
But with a home run on Monday night against the Phillies, which would extend his streak to six, Judge would join a club which currently holds only 29 different ballplayers. Home runs in six consecutive games has occurred 32 times in Major League history, but two of the players who achieved the milestone -- Barry Bonds and Willie Mays -- did it multiple times.
The all-time record is eight straight games, an achievement reached by Ken Griffey Jr. (July of 1993), Don Mattingly (July of 1987) and Dale Long (May of 1956).
The rest of the list is as follows (via Baseball Reference):
Seven straight games: Kendrys Morales, Kevin Mench, Barry Bonds, Jim Thome
Six straight games: Paul Goldschmidt, Matt Carpenter, Giancarlo Stanton, Nolan Arenado, Chris Davis, Carlos Pena, Frank Thomas, Jason Bay, Morgan Ensberg, Travis Hafner, Jose Cruz, Barry Bonds (2x), Mark McGwire, Graig Nettles, Reggie Jackson, Frank Howard, Willie Mays (2x), Roger Maris, Roy Sievers, Walker Cooper, Lou Gehrig, High Pockets Kelly, Ken Williams
The most recent occurrence was when Goldschmidt did it in July of 2019.
Judge's current teammate, Giancarlo Stanton, is another notable name on the list. He did it as part of his 2017 MVP season, in which he clubbed 59 home runs.
Judge is 1-for-3 in his career against Jake Arrieta, who will be on the mound for the Phillies on Monday night, and is 3-for-8 with one home run against the Phillies in his career.