Maybe this Giancarlo Stanton guy has a chance to stick around in New York.
After an admitted adjustment period, the slugger has heated up, primarily by feasting on left-handed pitching, and now the surging Yankees have a bit of home run history.
Against Oakland on Sunday, Stanton hit his 10th of the season, joining teammates Aaron Judge (11), Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez at double digits and giving New York four guys with at least 10 home runs in the team’s first 40 games for the first time in franchise history.
The 2003 Texas Rangers were the last to accomplish the feat.
As for Stanton, he was 4 for 4 Sunday and his 2018 vs. 2017 comparison keeps getting a little closer. (He finished last season with 59 homers, 132 RBI).
Giancarlo $tanton through 40 games last season: .263 BA, .872 OPS, 11 HRs, 27 RBI
This season: .252 BA, .855 OPS, 10 HRs, 26 RBI
— wallace matthews (@OysterBayBomber) May 13, 2018
Also Giancarlo Stanton’s R-L splits are insane: .192, 3 HR in 120 ABs vs. righties vs. .457, 7 HR in 35 ABs vs. lefties #Yankees
— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzNYDN) May 14, 2018
He also now has 999 career hits.
At 28-12, the Yankees are tied with the Boston Red Sox for first place in the American League East and for the best record in baseball.
Brett Anderson gave up three runs in the first inning Sunday and the A’s couldn’t recover as they dropped the series finale in New York 6-2.
Giancarlo Stanton did most of the damage against Anderson. The Yankees slugger went 4-for-4 with a two-run single in the first and a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Mark Canha added a solo home run with one out in the ninth inning.
In five innings, Anderson allowed eight hits, four earned runs, two walks and struck out four. His ERA did drop from 8.68 to 8.16.
Yankees starter Luis Severino continued his strong season. He went six innings and gave up just five hits, one earned run and two walks. He struck out seven.
After dropping two of three in New York, the A’s head to Boston where they begin a three-game series with the Red Sox on Monday.
Yankee force: Giancarlo Stanton wanted to play for his hometown Dodgers, but they decided they could not fit him into their budget, so the Yankees happily plucked him from the Marlins’ fire sale. Stanton has nine home runs, one fewer than all the Dodgers outfielders combined, through Friday. He hasn’t yet his stride — he’s batting a career-low .238 — but the Yankees have. They won 17 of 18 games against a formidable series of opponents: the Blue Jays, Twins, Angels, Astros, Indians and Red Sox. In his eight seasons in Miami, he never played for a team with a winning record, so he was delighted to sense the urgency in New York. “We’re like .500 after 14 games,” Stanton told the Athletic. “And it’s like, the world’s going to end.”
HOUSTON — After one of their best wins of this young season, late Tuesday night, Aaron Boone sought out one of the worst players from the game.
“There’s going to be many a night when you carry us when the rest of the team is struggling,” the Yankees manager told Giancarlo Stanton.
“I know,” Stanton responded.
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In what has been a predictably difficult adjustment from irrelevant South Florida baseball to ultra-relevant Yankees life, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player has been so out of whack, so bad while his teammates were so good, that it felt odd Wednesday night when Boone’s prophecy turned true at Minute Maid Park.
It doesn’t mean Stanton has cured his condition of Bronx Superstar Transition. It does serve as a reminder, however, that the Yankees have many, many ways to defeat their opponent.
Stanton slammed two homers and a double and drove home all four of the game’s runs as Luis Severino recorded his first career shutout, dominating the defending-champion Astros in a 4-0 Yankees victory. The Yankees are now 11-1 in their past 12 games, and even the day’s beginning bad news — that southpaw Jordan Montgomery will miss at least six weeks with a strained flexor tendon in his left elbow — couldn’t depress or disrupt them.
“It’s always good to hear that,” Stanton, who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Tuesday’s 4-0 Yankees victory, said of Boone’s pep talk. “It’s been a long time coming. But I’ve just got to be patient. It’s a long season. There are going to be games like this, and there are going to be games when you’re on the other side.”
He should know, as Stanton’s Yankees career began with a game like this. In the March 29 opener against the Blue Jays in Toronto, he homered twice, double and tallied four RBIs, and that output caused some folks to hope he would avoid the Yankee Tax that afflicts nearly all players of his stature who join this team as a big name. That of course proved to be wishful thinking. Even after his Wednesday outburst, he holds an underwhelming .240/.316/.479 slash line with 47 strikeouts, second-most in the American League.
Even more telling, until Wednesday, Stanton hadn’t improved alongside the weather and his teammates. During the 10-1 stretch that the Yankees brought into this game, Stanton carried a .227/.286/.341 line with 14 strikeouts. On the road, where he had thrived early, he had started this Anaheim/Houston swing riding a 3-for-20 funk with eight strikeouts.
On this lovely night, though, with the ballpark’s roof open and with Didi Gregorius on first base and two outs, Stanton connected on a first-inning fastball by former AL Cy Young Award winner (and longtime Yankees menace) Dallas Keuchel and poked it into the right-field seats, giving the Yankees a quick 2-0 edge and, amazingly, the team’s first-ever homer against Keuchel after 62 ¹/₃ innings, as per James Smyth of the YES Network.
“Good to break that, at least,” said Stanton, who launched a fourth-inning Keuchel slider over the tall scoreboard in left field for a 3-0 Yankees lead and doubled to right to score Aaron Hicks from third base for another insurance run. That he went the other way twice for extra bases, Stanton said, means he’s in sync.
Stanton now has seven homers. “At the end of the year, he’s going to have 50 home runs,” Severino said. Hmm … let’s bet the under. The big guy himself knows one night of carrying his teammates doesn’t absolve him.
“There are breakout nights, but you’ve got to go back to the drawing board and get it going. You need breakout weeks,” Stanton said. “One day ain’t going to do it. But this put us in a good place, and we’re set up to win the series. Put it away tomorrow.”
It was Stanton oozing with positivity on this night, and after his power display, that felt perfectly normal.