Stanton finally broke out of his cold start to July. He walked three times against the Braves Wednesday but smacked a two-run double in the first that capped a four-run inning. The Marlins did not need any more from there as the team, behind a stellar start from Jacob Turner, defeated the Braves 6-2 ending its five-game losing streak.
There is no doubt that Stanton has been struggling. Since hitting his 100th home run of his career back on June 17, Stanton has only hit one home run since then. Injuries and the fact that he has no real protection around him in the lineup play a huge part as to why Stanton has not only struggled in this recent stretch, but altogether this season as well. He only has eight home runs after hitting a career-high 37 last season.
With the break coming up, Stanton and the rest of the team gets a much-needed rest before a grueling two and a half months before season’s end. With his career as a Marlin hanging in the balance for another 20 days, the slugger should get hot as the month comes to a close as he refocuses after these last three games.
Stanton told reporters after Wednesday’s win that he was furious with himself during his slump but after the game, you would think he has much more confidence in himself at the plate.