Yankees: 4 slash lines you wouldn’t believe are real three weeks into 2021 season

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Giancarlo Stanton #27of the New York Yankees (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

1. Giancarlo Stanton

At this point, Giancarlo Stanton is the most disliked Yankee and it feels like it’s not even close. He was the subject of boos during the first weekend of the season and they’ve consistently poured onto him ever since.

And sadly, it’s for good reason. Unless the man is hitting a home run every other night, his production will probably never make up for the amount of times he strikes out, how infrequently he gets hits, and how he hardly ever comes through in clutch situations — at least in the eyes of Yankees fans.

So far, the $325 million slugger is hitting an unthinkable .158/.238/.333 across his first 15 games and 63 plate appearances. Somehow, the permanent DH has already gotten three games off, which is far too many for a guy who doesn’t sniff the field and for the amount of money he’s making.

He’s got four extra-base hits (three home runs, one double) and has struck out 21 times. Part of the reason? He’s swinging at pitches out of the zone at a 35% clip. He’s swung and missed at strikes 18% of the time. He’s seen a first-pitch strike 60% of the time and is still batting .158. How?!

When will it end? We really do not know. Are other players around MLB performing this poorly? Absolutely. But there’s no collection of players this talented in the same lineup struggling as if it’s their first cup of coffee at the big league level. That’s why Yankees fans have every right to be concerned.