Since being acquired from the Miami Marlins in December of 2017, Giancarlo Stanton has had a roller-coaster career in New York.
Giancarlo Stanton has gotten a fair amount of criticism from the New York Yankees faithful. After the Bombers acquired Stanton and his $325 million contract, It’s fair to say, between injuries and postseason performance, Stanton has not lived up to the hype. But with a shortened 60-game season starting in just four days, this could be Giancarlo Stanton’s chance to endear himself into the hearts of fans.
Stanton was acquired in December of 2017 for Starlin Castro, Jose Devers, and Jorge Guzman. Upon coming to the Yanks, his biggest bugaboo – injuries – thankfully never reared their ugly head. All in all, Stanton played 158 games and hit 38 home runs and drove in 100 RBI while hitting .266 with a .343 on-base percentage. Upon diving deeper into the numbers, you can see his journey to those final statistics had some twists and turns.
He only hit .218 with a .304 OBP in April. This month was highlighted by an 0-5, five strikeout performance against the Tampa Bay Rays in the home opener. If you’re analyzing Stanton’s 2018 season on a graph month by month, it would have the shape of a mountain rather than a plateau. After his awful April, his May shown significant signs of improvement, when he hit .264 with a .330 OBP. His June and July were even better where he slashed .298/.373/.577 and .323/.360/.515, respectively.
Finally, his August showed a slight regression in terms of average, hitting just .267. Having said that with a .372 on-base and slugging .578, his run production numbers thrived. He hit nine homers during the dog days of Summer, marking the most he hit in any month that season. Unfortunately, his regular season ended on a sour note, slashing a rough .213/.306/.436.
Stanton caught the most judgment for his performance in the 2018 ALDS, where he went just 4/18. He went 0/6 with runners in scoring position the entire postseason.
The Injury Bug Strikes Back
Just like almost every other Yankee, Stanton was hit hard with injuries in 2019. The slugger played in just 18 games in which he hit .288 with a .403 OBP. Stanton was put on the IL on April 1, 2019, with a left biceps strain and didn’t return until June 18. Just over a week later, the bug bit again, causing Stanton to be put on the IL with right knee strain this time. He didn’t return for another three months until September 18.
Finally, Stanton missed the final five games of the ALCS against the Astros with a quad issue, which wasn’t quite the best look.
It’s Time for Stanton to Shine
Earlier this spring, Stanton was shut down with a calf problem and was potentially slated to miss the start of the season. With the season being postponed until late July, however, Stanton has had time to fully heal in preparation for a short 60-game sprint. With the Yankees being a top World Series contender, Stanton only has to stay healthy for two months, plus the postseason. If he can remain healthy and put up big numbers and lead the Yanks into a deep postseason run, he can endear himself into the hearts of fans.