Giancarlo Stanton’s recent (and long awaited) run of form has been one of the main reasons the New York Yankees are the hottest team in baseball. They have the league’s best record (20-4) in the month of August.
Currently riding a 12-game winning streak, the Bombers are in Oakland for a four-game series and captured the opener on Thursday night after blowing a 6-0 lead. A clutch Aaron Judge RBI single in the ninth was the difference.
And while Judge has been on fire too, Stanton’s been even more important. Why? Judge has been consistent all year. Stanton has drawn the ire of fans for only getting hot in spurts and not delivering as a regular figure for the offense.
He’s flipped that narrative on its head, though, because since the trade deadline on July 30, he’s been a completely new man.
For the second night in a row, the former MVP got the Yankees on the board first with a mammoth home run to dead center field. The one on Thursday night was a beauty.
The one on Friday night topped it. And it might be one of the most insane rockets you’ll see all year.
Giancarlo Stanton’s 472-foot home run put the Yankees on the board.
How was that only 472 feet? Can we get someone to track that with a tape measure because we don’t believe the technology. That was … 600 feet.
Back on July 30, Stanton was hitting just .252 with a .794 OPS. At this moment, he’s upped that to .270 and .864. He’s got eight home runs in his last 25 games. He’s had five multi-RBI games over that span. He cannot miss at the moment. The lineup is helping him, and he’s helping the lineup.
Right after Stanton’s moonshot, Luke Voit continued his tear … after not playing since Sunday.
How can you not start this guy every night? On the bright side, it seems the Yankees are keeping him motivated and foaming at the mouth for playing time, so we’ll take it, right?
Though only detectable through the eye test, it’s evident that when Stanton is hot, the rest of the lineup catches his fever. When he can start the motor, run production effortlessly follows. You know what? It’s easier to watch. Here’s Judge a few innings later getting in on the action:
That was fast. It’s 5-0 Yankees and No. 13 is looking very real right now, but we saw what happened on Thursday night, so let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.
In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy Stanton’s tear. He’s a nightmare for opposing pitchers at the moment. He’s a leader for the Yankees’ offense. And his unstoppable bat has the Yankees roaring ahead as they look to snatch the AL East from the Tampa Bay Rays. Now only if the Orioles can help us out a bit this weekend…