Giancarlo Stanton Continues His Home Run Binge as Marlins Sweep Rockies
The Miami Marlins have almost no chance of making the post season this year– they were 14 games behind N.L East leader Washington and 8 and a half back in the Wild Card chase as of the end of play on August 13th– but there’s still some excitement around the club (besides the possible sale of the franchise to a group including Derek Jeter).
In the Marlins’ 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on August 13th, Giancarlo Stanton hit an opposite field home run for his 42nd of the season and 250th of his career.
It was the fourth game in a row that Stanton had homered; expanding that further, he’s hit home runs in nine of his last 10 games and 21 times in his last 33 games. The 42 homers this season are a career high for Stanton and he also has tied Gary Sheffield for the franchise record. The Marlins swept the weekend three game series with the Rockies.
Stanton has incredible power to all fields. We recall seeing him in person a few years ago when he came in as a pinch hitter and hit an absolute rocket to the opposite field that traveled both farther and faster than most players can pull the ball. Stanton has had some bad luck with injuries that have cost him some playing time– including taking a pitch to the face in September 2014 that resulted in multiple broken bones and ended his season. Stanton turns 28 in November and is entering what is usually the prime of player’s career, so opposing pitchers have that to look forward to.