Giancarlo Stanton has only played against the Red Sox 48 times in his MLB career, but he’s absolutely owned them. And it all started back in 2018 when he began his tenure with the New York Yankees.
The latest chapter in his dominance of Boston came on Saturday night when he clobbered a clutch two-out go-ahead grand slam in the top of the eighth inning, a game that the Yankees won 5-3.
That brought his lifetime totals vs the Sox to a .281 average and .878 OPS with nine home runs and 31 RBI. He also has 10 doubles and 18 walks in those 167 at-bats. For all those Yankees fans who get frustrated with Stanton during his slumps, just remember he does this against the team’s most hated rival.
And even better? He’s backing it up with some trash talk.
Following Saturday night’s game, Stanton was asked what was going through his mind when he was waiting in the on-deck circle during Anthony Rizzo’s at-bat.
His response proves that he’s seeing red right now. His contributions during August and September have saved the season.
Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton had an awesome postgame quote Saturday.
Rizzo was hit on the knee and advanced to first, loading the bases for Stanton. It wasn’t what Red Sox manager Alex Cora had planned for because the goal was for Darwinzon Hernandez to get Rizzo out in the lefty-lefty matchup. Big thanks to Rob Manfred for the three-matter minimum rule.
No wonder Stanton was thinking “they better get” Rizzo out because he took a 94 MPH offering and uncorked it into the streets of Boston to give the Yankees the lead. He broke the game open on Friday night with a three-run homer and then won the series with that swing of the bat.
He’s completely flipped the script on the Red Sox, who were comfortably leading the AL Wild Card race and started the year 7-0 against the Yankees. Not so much anymore…
The regular-season matchups between these teams may be over, but there’s a good chance they meet in the postseason for the AL Wild Card game. And we’ll just say Cora better have a more effective plan to face Stanton, who now has revealed to the world he has a mental edge over the Red Sox.