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Stanton unbending about his approach

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PHILADELPHIA -- Giancarlo Stanton is becoming increasingly stubborn with his approach at the plate, and that's a good thing for the Marlins' three-time All-Star right fielder.

The results are telling the story, as Stanton is riding a four-game hitting streak, batting .529 (9-for-17) with three home runs and seven RBIs.

PHILADELPHIA -- Giancarlo Stanton is becoming increasingly stubborn with his approach at the plate, and that's a good thing for the Marlins' three-time All-Star right fielder.

The results are telling the story, as Stanton is riding a four-game hitting streak, batting .529 (9-for-17) with three home runs and seven RBIs.

The hot streak raised his slash line to .300/.367/.614 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs. Since the start of the road trip, Stanton's batting average rose from .244 to .300.

With Stanton, it's always been a matter of staying healthy and being in the lineup on a regular basis. Because when that happens, the numbers follow. But also in his career, he's had a tendency to lose patience at the plate, and let that revise his approach.

Now, if that happens, he's instructed hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo and assistant hitting coach Frank Menechino to point things out right away.

"If they spot anything, get on me now," Stanton said. "Not, [oh] it's a bad game."

Basically, Stanton has bought into the process.

"Trusting it fully," he said. "Understanding you can go 0-for-5 tonight, with the best approach, the best everything, and understanding that's OK. And not go, 'I went 0-fer' and I've got to change something. Then if that doesn't work, I've got to change something again."

After going 3-3 in their first six games of the road trip, the Marlins were rained out on Tuesday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. No makeup date has been set.

At 10-8, Miami is primed to make a push in the National League East. If Stanton can return to his All-Star form, the Marlins' offense will receive a major boost.

Video: MIA@SD: Stanton crushes two home runs in San Diego

Manager Don Mattingly believes all three of Miami's outfielders -- Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich -- can all hit 30 homers. One key to success is not having Stanton feel he has to carry the club.

"He also knows we've got a good club," Mattingly said. "I think he knows we've got a bunch of guys that can play. He's, obviously, a huge part of it. But he doesn't have to take it all upon himself. It's not going to be, 'If Giancarlo is struggling, we can't win.' I think it's a matter of the better he does, the easier it is for us to win."

Stanton is among the most feared hitters in the game. His maximum exit velocity, per Statcast™, is 115.6 mph this year, and his 10 barrels are tied for second most in the Majors behind Detroit's Nicholas Castellanos' 12.

Stanton's average fly ball/line drive exit velocity is 99.8 mph.

To maintain consistency, Stanton is less worried about his mechanics at the plate and more focused on having a plan and sticking with it.

"It's done being mechanics," the slugger said. "I've been here seven years now. It's less and less mechanics and more your approach, and timing."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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