Thursday, April 19, 2018


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That was a quote from a friend of mine the other day in reference to Giancarlo Stanton.

"You see how much he strikes out? Stanton's terrible.  Derek Jeter's a genius dumping him," he said as he sipped his beer and re-adjusted to the game at hand.

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Here's the reality folks.  When Giancarlo is hot, he's hot. But that doesn't dismiss the fact that the guy strikes out an awful lot and has most of his career.  Couple that with him trying to adjust to the American League, being a New York Yankee and the pressure of a big market... there is no question he is having difficulty. It's a head game and Giancarlo is losing it.

Does Stanton suck? Well, it's April, I won't go there... yet.  Plus, collectively, you can't expect 1 guy to get a team wins every night.  It's collective and if we are using the word "suck"... look at the pen. The bullpen's stinking up the joint.

Now there is chatter that we need to move Stanton down in the order. I'm being honest here... I love this idea. Less pressure and it allows him to work out the kinks and mind games he's going through. To be fair, it makes perfect sense... writes:

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"Giancarlo Stanton's April struggles seemingly are worth a response and it could be coming Thursday night when the 8-8 and third-place Yankees return from an off day to begin a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Boone admitted after the Yankees’ 9-1 blowout loss to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night that he "might flirt with" dropping Stanton out of the cleanup spot to lower in the order. How low would Boone dare drop Stanton? Probably not much. Regardless, here’s a suggestion for Boone to use for the Yankees-Blue Jays series...

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5. Giancarlo Stanton, DH 2018 stats: .197 average, 66 AB, 9 runs, 13 hits, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 HR, 10 RBIs, 7 BB, 29 K, 1 SB, 0 CS, 16 Analysis: I know some people want to drop Stanton all the way to sixth or seventh, but that’s too low at this point in the season. For now, I’d stick him in the fifth hole and see if he can get hot hitting behind Sanchez. It’s only 16 games in and that’s too soon for me to drop him into a spot where it looks like you’ve lost confidence in him. Also, going by Stanton’s track record for every season but one, he’s always been a very slow starter who starts getting hot in late April or early May."

Love it. Drop him in the lineup. Let him get his head right.

What do you think?

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