The New York Yankees steamrolled everything in their path in the month of August, but it’s worth pondering how many more losses they would’ve had if Giancarlo Stanton hadn’t caught fire at the plate.
Fresh off smacking a walk-off single to save the Yankees from an otherwise humiliating showing against the Orioles on Friday, Stanton is currently enjoying his finest stretch as a hitter since New York traded for him back in 2018.
Following that game, Stanton is hitting .343 with 10 home runs and 27 RBIs over his last 27 games. He’s also reached base safely in 19 of his last 20 contests, to go with nine dingers and 19 RBs over that span.
Perhaps the most refreshing part of Stanton’s resurgence is that he hasn’t needed home runs to be productive. During this hot streak, the four-time All-Star has been smacking base hits to all parts of the field.
As far as the home run is concerned, however, it goes without saying that Stanton is one of the best of his generation. For anyone who needed confirmation of that, the Yankees slugger is closing in on joining the HR record books.
Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is closing in on home run history.
After his solo shot on Friday night, his 26th of the season, Stanton is just four home runs shy of tying Ron Santo (342) for 100th on the all-time list.
A Hall of Famer and Cubs legend in every sense of the word, passing Santo would be a tremendous feat for Stanton.
If you can believe it, there will actually be more to brag about for Stanton if he blasts four more home runs by the end of the season. Unfortunately for him, it could land him in some hot water with Yankees fans, because club great Tino Martinez currently sits 102nd all-time with 339 career HRs.
Just when Stanton was finally starting to “earn” his Pinstripes and do away with the narrative that he’s a detriment to the lineup!
In all seriousness, this is definitely something for fans to keep an eye on over the final month of the season…though it could be over by the end of next week at the rate Stanton’s been cranking home runs in the second half.
We’d also argue that Stanton passing Martinez on the all-time HR list would actually help his standing among fans. After all, Martinez won four championships with the Yankees and is one of the most respected players in franchise history.
Coincidentally enough, both players were boo’d early their Yankees careers, so Stanton closing in on Martinez actually has a lot of symbolism behind it.
For all the hardships that Stanton has endured this season, and his entire Yankees tenure thus far, becoming a part of MLB history is nothing less than he deserves.
It’s obviously out of our control, but we really hope he’s able to do it in front of a packed Yankee Stadium crowd.