Giancarlo Stanton Early Runner for National League MVP

By Ryan Gaydos
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins somehow pulled off a miracle Friday night when outfielder Giancarlo Stanton launched a walk-off grand slam against the Seattle Mariners. Stanton finished the game 3-for-3 with two runs, a home run and five RBIs. These marks put him in the top five in runs, tied for the lead in home runs and leading the National League in RBI. A hot start puts Stanton on the top of the premature conversation for National League MVP.

The 24-year-old is back to what he was two years ago. Last season was an injury-riddled year. He gave Miami 24 home runs, but without any help in the lineup, Stanton really did not flourish to his full potential. This season has been a complete turnaround for Stanton. He has launched six home runs in his first 17 games of the season. He also drove home 26 RBIs so far. If there is anyone you should be focusing on this season as the league gets into the warmer months, it is him.

Having impactful hitters like Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones around him in the heart of the order and having people who can get on base like Christian Yelich and Adeiny Hechavarria helps Stanton see better pitches to hit rather than opposing pitchers throwing around him in the batter’s box.

Miami now has seven wins on the year. If it was not for Stanton starting the season hot, Miami does not get at least half the wins they own.

Last year, Miami did not record its seventh win until April 29. Stanton plays a big role for the team this season.

Ryan Gaydos is an MLB columnist for Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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