Giancarlo Stanton has had laughable moments as a member of the New York Yankees this season. His pinstripe career began with him getting booed inside Yankee Stadium during his first home game of the season where he struck out five times in one game. Then on April 8th, just four days later he would have another 5 K game, and end his day going 0-7. April was a horrid month for Stanton and the Yankee’s fans wasted no time showing their displeasure with the 2017 National League MVP (April 8th).
You just hate to see it. Since hitting rock bottom, Stanton has gradually improved each month and is finally looking like the version of Stanton we saw a year ago. After a 7-2 win over the Yankees, Stanton is hitting .281 (21st) with 30 HRs (5th), 76 RBIs (5th), .879 OPS (12th), and 3.3 WAR (17th). Those rankings are of American League hitters. If I had to pick Stanton’s numbers through 117 games, I would’ve thrown out similar numbers.
My point is that Stanton while taking a weird route to get here, has met expectations. What he is doing right now is what he’s always been. He is an inconsistent power hitter that will hit 10 homeruns in a week then tail off for a month. He is still a great hitter and will end each season with great stats, but has never shown an ability to be consistent. Here are his numbers by month:
April: .218, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 40 Ks, 11 BBs, .661 OPS
May: .264, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs, 29 Ks, 8 BBs, .847 OPS
June: .298, 8 HRs, 17 RBIs, 36 Ks, 11 BBs, .950 OPS
July: .323, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs, 30 Ks, 7 BBs, .876 OPS
August: .373, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 13 Ks, 6 BBs, 1.077 OPS (Through August 12th)
As you can see he had an embarrassing April but has been a solid slugger since with a rising batting average each month. He is on pace for a great August and could finish as a top ten MVP Candidate at this rate. Everyone needs to get off Stanton’s back and realize that without Judge he has carried this Yankee team since July 27th. It seems like the Yankees fans are routing against their superstars and cannot wait for them to make a mistake so they can boo them relentlessly. Boston has a tough media, but at least we have a fantastic fanbase.
So can we please stop making fun of Stanton for striking out five times twice in the same season just because that has not happened in the live ball era and he managed to do it in the same week. Also cut the guy some slack so what he struck out to a position player on the Chicago White Sox.
Whoops didn’t mean to put that there, but seriously people stop that.
Scott Neville – Head Baseball Writer – WTF Sports