I Really Didn't Wanna Blog This, But Giancarlo Stanton Became The First Player In The Live Ball Era To Go Hitless And Strike Out Five Times In A Game Twice In A Season (By April 8, Yikes!)

Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

It’s been almost 24 hours since this game ended. Still nothing from Hubbs. Not a single tweet from Frankie Borrelli. I didn’t want to blog this story. Trust me when I tell you that. I figured, hey. We’ve got a Yankee blogger, and if he doesn’t blog it then maybe the pizza camera guy will do it since he loves bragging about the Yankees so much, and if he can’t get to it, then maybe we can dig up JJ’s corpse or see what Manzo’s up to.

I wake up this morning, no Yankee blog. I think to myself, hm. That’s odd. Wasn’t there a blog up on the site about Giancarlo Stanton’s first home run with the Yankees before the game was even over? I give Hubbs the benefit of the doubt and wait until the next day, still nothing, so national baseball writer Jared has to take over. I would’ve done it yesterday, but I was too busy blogging not one, not two, not three, but FOUR baseball stories on a SUNDAY, no less. No need to thank me. Just doing my job, as I’m also doing here today.

If you haven’t been following along with this story, Frankie Borrelli said that the second Stanton struck out four times in a game that I’d be all over him. I said, no. That’s a normal occurrence for him. Not a big deal. Strikes out a lot, hits a lot of home runs. Nothing to see here. Well, then he struck out five times in a game and got booed off the field in his debut as a Yankee at Yankee Stadium. That’s national news, and in comes national baseball writer Jared to comment, since that’s quite literally my job description, to shell out some takes on national baseball stories.

Yesterday, I’m just grinding my fingernails off while Hubbs and Frankie are doing God knows what, and Stanton strikes out five times AGAIN. So, now maybe THIS is going to become a normal occurrence, I thought to myself. Come to find out, nobody in the live ball era (since 1920) has struck out five times in a game while also going hitless twice in a season. Stanton accomplished that feat by April 8, ten games into the Yankees’ season. You just hate to see that. A guy hits 59 home runs, wins the MVP award, finally gets traded to a winning organization after spending his entire major league career on losing teams, and this is what happens. Awful.

And to make matters worse, Stanton’s fifth strikeout of the day on Sunday was the final out of a game that the Yankees once led 5-0 in the first inning, while also starting that final frame with no outs and the bases loaded. That loss dropped them down to .500, too. Ugh. When it rains, it pours! Not to keep being the bearer of bad news, but it’s not just about a couple of five-strikeout games, either. Stanton has now struck out 20 times in 42 at-bats. For those keeping score at home, he’s struck out in 47.6% of his at-bats this season. Damn. Just not how you drew it up.

But I just wanted to get something up on the blog real quick, though. I’m sure Hubbs will have more on this later.