Stanton's power continues to impress
NEW YORK -- In many ways, May has been an all-or-nothing month for Giancarlo Stanton. The two-time All-Star was locked in on Saturday, and crushed a pair of scorched home runs that helped lift the Marlins to a 9-5 win over the Mets at Citi Field.
Stanton enjoyed his second multi-homer game of the season, and 15th in his career. Stanton now has 15 homers and 44 RBIs on the season.
The 25-year-old blistered a low-liner to center off Jonathan Niese in the third inning. In the ninth, he added an insurance run with his monster blast off Alex Torres.
"The first he hit, we thought was going to hit the wall," manager Dan Jennings said. "That ball stayed the height all the way through until it carried over the fence. We've all seen G. He's capable of putting us on his back, and doing a great job. Today was a big day for him. Today it was a big day for all our hitters."
As tracked according to Statcast™, Stanton's first homer, a low liner to center, was projected to land 422 feet from home plate. And his second drive was projected to land 455 feet from home plate.
Stanton's May has certainly been up and down. He's now 20-for-104 (.192) in the month, but he's blasted nine home runs and driven in 23. He's added two doubles, giving him 11 extra base hits in the month.
Niese got the best of Stanton in the first, striking the right fielder out. It was a different story in the third.
"I didn't see him too well the first AB," the slugger said. "He brought the cutter in before that. I swung over that and fouled it off. I wanted to see something I could drive, get the barrel to it, and be on time. I didn't think that was gone off the bat. I lost the trajectory a little bit."
J.T. Realmuto and Jeff Baker also homered for the Marlins, who collected a season-high eight extra-base hits.
"We're not going to score this much every game," Stanton said. "But if we can have the at-bats that we had, and just lock it in when we need to, more and more wins will pop up."