The Miami Marlins are certainly glad to have Giancarlo Stanton back in the lineup. The outfielder missed 36 consecutive games over a five-week span in which the Marlins have suffered mightily without him.
Stanton has not been a big average guy this season as he is batting .229 in 83 at-bats. However, he did find his power stroke right before he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. The fact that he has hit four home runs, 11 RBI and three doubles in a season filled with inconsistency is encouraging for Miami.
What is even more encouraging is the fact that the 23-year-old has already made a difference since returning from the disabled list. In two games against the Milwaukee Brewers, Stanton is 2-for-8 with one home run and two RBI. The two-run go-ahead blast occurred in the eighth inning Tuesday night with the Marlins down by one run.
“That’s what they were doing all game, and I was pulling off everything,” said Stanton, according to Marlins.com. “I just really said whatever they do, keep your shoulder down and stay back and not come in the zone and out, which results in those end-of-the-bat nubbers or 15-hop ground balls.”
Stanton did stay back on the first pitch he saw from right-handed reliever Jim Henderson, which resulted in him crushing the slider out of the ballpark.
There is no question this season has been a frustrating one for Stanton, who has only been able to suit up for 22 games. However, as long as he stays composed and keeps his cool during games he will be able to have more big hits like the one he had Tuesday night.