Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton bats third for the last-place Miami Marlins. Batting first is 21-year-old outfielder Christian Yelich and second is 31-year-old rookie third baseman Ed Lucas. Behind Stanton is first baseman Logan Morrison who is batting .273 with 19 RBI and nine doubles since returning from injury. Stanton has 47 walks this season, one more than last year, but has struggled getting the ball to the outfield.
With the names that were mentioned around him in the lineup, you can tell why Stanton has been struggling this season. Miami does not have any protection for him in the lineup. If you look at the Detroit Tigers‘ lineup they have Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez in the heart of the order not to mention Austin Jackson at the top of the lineup. And you wonder why Cabrera is contending for another Triple Crown this season.
Stanton is only batting .238/.353/.443 with 13 home runs and 35 RBI. His power numbers are significantly down from last season when the team had Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio, both speedy lead-off guys, in the lineup. His struggles are certainly due to the distractions that occurred when the front office decided to have another fire sale. With that, there is not enough to build around Stanton in the lineup allowing opposing pitchers to pitch around him, not giving the slugger a chance to hit.
Going from 37 home runs to 13 is not something you need to come out and blame on the front office, but the poor moves made in the offseason are taking a toll on Stanton and you can see it from his play on the field.