The Rockies went on to win this game 5-3 over the Marlins, which means that all eight runs scored came via solo home runs. That’s the first time in major league history that a game has been decided on more than five solo home runs. That’s a nice little fact that’ll become a trivia question some day, but that’s not what I’m taking out of this game. What I am taking out of this game all comes down to three words — Big. Dick. Stanton.
This past Friday, I wrote a blog asking what the hell is going on with Giancarlo Stanton. Entering play on Friday, he was statistically the worst hitter in all of baseball since May 7. He came into that series opener against the Rockies hitting .118 with a .426 OPS since May 7, which spanned 29 games. In the four games since that blog came out, Stanton’s hitting .500 with a 1.217 OPS. Three of the four games have been multi-hit games, as he’s gone 8-for-16 with the one home run on Monday night. Marlins fans are going to have to see a little bit more than a hot series against the Rockies, who rank 28th out of 30 teams in team ERA (4.92), but it’s a big step in the right direction.
In that blog from Friday, I highlighted how he’s been struggling on every pitch. There was no pitch in opposing pitchers’ repertoires that he struggled against more than another. It was just brutal across the board. Extremely small sample size, but it’s a reason to be hopeful for the future — of Stanton’s 8 hits over his last 4 games, he has 4 hits against the fastball, and 4 hits on breaking pitches. Nice little healthy balance for BDS. Keep it going.