Even though the Miami Marlins (6-19) have the worst record in Major League Baseball, at least outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is doing everything in his power to keep the team afloat. The right-handed batter’s hot streak at the plate is the only light being shed on the fan base at the moment.
The 23-year-old is currently on a five-game hitting streak that includes a .421 batting average, three home runs, eight RBI, one double, six runs and only three strikeouts. Two of the three home runs occurred in Sunday’s 6-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs in which Stanton went 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBI and three runs.
Stanton has not just been performing well over the five-game hit streak. In fact, he has been performing at a high level since his return from missing six consecutive games with an injured shoulder. Since then he is batting .300 with all nine of his RBI on the season coming in that span.
The Marlins may have only won three of their last 11 contests, but at least they believe they have a shot to be victorious with Stanton suiting up.
“It’s huge for this team,” Miami second baseman Nick Green told Marlins.com. “Everybody expects him to hit a home run or get a guy in every time. Having him get his confidence back is the biggest thing to try and lift our team up.”
Stanton may be only batting .243 in 70 at-bats through the first 25 games this season, but at least his power numbers rank among the best on the team. Unfortunately, his 24 strikeouts also rank No. 1 on the Marlins, but that is something he has improved drastically during the hit streak.
It will be interesting to see if Stanton’s performance eventually rubs off on the other Miami players so that the team can get something going this year.