Giancarlo Stanton CRUSHED this one.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 2, 2018
Giancarlo Stanton did something that he and the New York Yankees have been waiting for all season long, is it the start of a hot streak?
Take a huge sigh of relief, Giancarlo Stanton finally broke out of his slump and hit one into the seats.
The home run, a two-run shot, came in the top of the third inning with the Yankees already up 2-1. Brett Gardner had led the inning off with a double, followed by strikeouts of Aaron Judge and Greg Bird. Thanks to Stanton, the Yanks didn’t waste an opportunity with a runner in scoring position.
For Stanton, the home run was his 12th big fly of the season, and what was more impressive, was that it came against a right-handed pitcher.
Giancarlo Stanton came into that at-bat 23 for his first 134 with two homers vs. righty starters #Yankees
— Mike Mazzeo (@MMazz30) June 2, 2018
His struggles have been well documented, coming into the game hitting just .243. But what’s much worse was his numbers in previous seven games where he was hitting .077 with 11 strikeouts, and one home run in 27 at-bats. All of this unfolded after he had raised his average into the .260s two weeks ago.
The Yankees and Stanton obviously did not expect for him to perform like this. After his stellar Yankee debut, the thought was that this was going to be a fun ride with the 28-year-old. The team has continued to win, but Stanton has not made the major impact that was expected.
What could be a factor in all of this, is the fact that he’s still adjusting to a different environment. After spending eight years in the National League, Stanton is having to learn a new league, on top of the new adjustments opposing pitchers, are making against him.
We can only hope that this is the beginning of an extended hot streak for Stanton. If he can get back to the type of player we know he can be, the Yankees can only get better. Just saying that doesn’t sound realistic, but it is.