The New York Yankees have shot right to the top of the MLB standing due to a 24-9 start, and the stellar play of Giancarlo Stanton is a huge reason why. Stanton hits cleanup in most lineup configurations, and he’s been providing all of the thunder that fans expected to see after his quality finish to the 2021 season.
Stanton came into his Sunday afternoon matchup against the Chicago White Sox hitting a robust .300 with 10 home runs. He’s hitting those dingers in meaningful games, as homers like his three-run jack in a comeback win against the Blue Jays show that he’s stepping up when his team needs him.
Stanton has been a bit of a lightning rod in his Yankee career because he hasn’t hit 59 home runs every season as he did in Miami, but he’s primarily shut his haters up this season. Brian Kenny, however, is still very one of the leaders in the Stanton hate parade.
Kenny spent an entire segment trashing Stanton and his performance with the Yankees, saying there is a lot of “famine” against good pitching. The funniest part of this segment had to be Kenny, known as one of the more analytic minds on TV, tieing himself into knots trying to disprove advanced stats that illustrate how Stanton is crushing the ball.
Brian Kenny went off on a tangent ripping Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton ranks near the top of the league in average exit velocity and barrels per plate appearance, a sign that he’s getting the fat part of the bat on the baseball pretty frequently. Naturally, Kenny tried to discredit Stanton by asking what he was doing when he didn’t barrel the ball.
I don’t know, Brian. Probably getting on base? Getting clutch RBI singles like he did against Chicago? Just a thought!
The “famine” against good starting pitching line is a complete fallacy as well. While the Yankees have generally been disappointing in the postseason, Stanton has a .297 average with a 1.108 OPS and nine home runs. He’s feasted on those “good” starting pitchers plenty in October.
Sluggers like Stanton are going to go through peaks and valleys. That’s just the nature of this style of play. Right now, Stanton is in a groove, as he’s spraying the ball all over the yard and taking the opposing pitcher deep when the situation requires it.
The Yankees have been one of the best teams in the league on the strength of some surprisingly elite starting pitching and a middle third of the lineup that can compete against anyone. Maybe a few more Stanton moonshots can change Kenny’s opinion.