Battling pain in his shoulder and no one to protect him in the lineup, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton finally socked his first home run of the season against the Chicago Cubs on a 3-1, two out pitch from Cubs starter Travis Wood. The ball is said to have traveled 472 feet in Marlins Park. Stanton got all of it and crushed his first homer. It is one that he and everyone else that are still fans of the Marlins have been waiting for. It only took him 24 games to finally unload on one.
Coming into the game against the Cubs, Stanton was batting .209/.321/.299 with five RBI which is nothing terrific because pitchers only have Stanton to be worried about in the Marlins lineup. Opposing pitchers are able to pitch carefully around Stanton because it does not matter if he gets on or not because the next batter is Casey Kotchman or Joe Mahoney and those guys cannot hit for their week’s paycheck. It has been a rough start to the season for Stanton and it is only going to get rougher from here on out.
Stanton is going to be wrapped up in trade discussion as the temperature heats up. Teams that are after him include the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees. Both teams have some prospects to unload onto the Marlins and with Stanton’s small contract, they would be more than willing to take it on the payroll and pay him later. Stanton will be looking for a big payday once his time comes.