A new name, a new game? The artist formerly known as Mike Stanton was struggling. He was putting up Albert Pujols-like numbers – that is the Angels version of Pujols. No home runs in 2012 despite a new ballpark, new manager, new uniforms, higher expectations, new teammates and a future as bright as the Miami sun itself.
Now, after seven games on this road trip, Giancarlo Stanton has 6 home runs. The power has awoken and he is mashing the ball. In fact, so strong is he that the scary thing is he is not even getting all of the ball – and he’s crushing it.
Last night he dropped one into the left field warehouse in San Diego. Tonight, he lifted a lined drive over the wall to left field – a laser that could have gone through anyone crazy enough to stand in the way.
So, what happened? Why is it clicking? Tom D’Angelo put together a very nice piece that discusses how moving his hands back has really helped Stanton stay back on the ball and get his timing right. Now, his swing is crisp and whispers about his health are dissipating.
Stanton had gone a career long 97 at bats without a homer until April 29th, which was at Marlins Park. Now 7 games into a 9 game road trip and he has hit 5 more home runs. He’s ripping the ball and doing it with more confidence. Ozzie Guillen isn’t sold on all the technical talk, but says he is quite simply swinging at strikes now. A 10 game hitting streak with 6 home runs is pretty impressive no matter how it is done.
Whatever is going on, Giancarlo is finally doing his best Mike Stanton imitation. He is hitting the ball and driving in runs and it is no coincidence that the Marlins are starting to win games more regularly again.