If you’ve been following the New York Yankees over the last month or so, then you know that they’ve pretty much sucked.
Yes, they somehow still have one of the best records in baseball, but for the most part, they’ve been awful. Inconsistent offense, unreliable pitching, injuries to key players and some poor managing from Aaron Boone has the Yanks headed towards a potential play-in Wild Card game, something Yankees’ fans should not want.
With all of that said, there actually has been one bright spot for the Yankees. After struggling out of the gate, team slugger Giancarlo Stanton is in a groove and is doing everything he can to provide steady offense for his ball club.
As of today, Stanton, 28, is batting .279 with 27 dingers and 73 RBI’s. Not bad for someone who in the beginning of the season was getting booed at home and striking out five times in multiple games.
It is clear that he made the adjustments to the pitching in the American League. Remember, this is a guy who spent eight years in the National League, so when he came over to AL, he started seeing pitchers he’d never seen before.
Now that he’s seen more AL pitchers and pitching styles, he has made the necessary corrections to his swing and because of that, he is getting on base a lot more. This is something that needs to continue while both Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez are out with injuries.
Stanton is now also coming up big in the clutch. In his team’s recent series with the Chicago White Sox, he hit a grand slam on August 8, and at the time at least, hit a big 2-run bomb in the top of the 10th inning in his club’s 4-3 win.
This is huge for the Yankees. With the way they’ve been struggling and with key pieces out of the lineup, they need someone who can get big hits when they need it the most. Right guy, Stanton is the man who is doing just that.
Lastly, he’s been the team’s best player since June 1st. Since then, he’s batting about .313 with 16 home runs. His offense is carrying the Yanks and Boone implied that when he spoke to MLB.com’s White Sox reporter Max Gelman after his team’s win over the White Sox on August 8.
“He’s been such a pro through all this; he’s gained momentum, it seems, like all season long, and now we’re seeing the consistency and the quality of at-bats,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s really good at coming up with a plan for the guy’s he’s facing, and committing to it, and it’s netted him a lot of results and another big one tonight.”
The timing couldn’t be more perfect for a streaking Stanton. Now, he needs to keep it up so he can get the team’s offense rolling and heading in the right direction as they get closer to the final month of the season.