Published On: Wed, Apr 18th, 2018

Yankee Stadium continues to boo struggling Stanton, hitting .086 at home

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Yankee Stadium continues to be a house of horrors for Giancarlo Stanton.

The slugger endured another miserable night at the plate Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, an infield popup, and grounded into a double play against the Miami Marlins. He finished 0-for-7 with one walk and four strikeouts during the brief two-game series against his former club.

Predicted to feast on opposing pitchers at Yankee Stadium and exploit the short porch in right field, Stanton has struggled to get much going in the Bronx. The reigning National League MVP has had trouble making contact at home, striking out in 20 of his 35 at-bats, and is now hitting .086/.179/.171 with one home run and three RBIs at Yankee Stadium this season.

SPLIT AB AVG HR SO
Home 35 .086 1 20
Road 31 .323 2 9

Stanton gave a brief “no” when asked by reporters if he knows why he has struggled on the road when compared at home.

Not only has the hitting not been kind for Stanton, but the fans in New York have not done much to make their newest slugger feel welcome. He was booed every time he recorded an out during the series with the Marlins, with the loudest cheers coming during his eighth-inning strikeout Tuesday as he whiffed on a 92-mph fastball right down the middle of the plate.


(Courtesy: MLB.com)

“(I’m going to) worry about the positive things, even if there’s not many things,” Stanton told reporters. “That’s all you can do. It’s early. You’ve got to own it, and understand. Find a way to get better, find a way to get out of it.”

Stanton will have plenty of time to try to correct his home woes. Following an off-day Wednesday, they Yankees open up a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays, followed by a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins.

Boone has hit Stanton third in the order during his first 16 games with the Yankees, though manager Aaron Boone said he’s open to moving Stanton down in the order.

“During the Toronto series – depending how their pitching lines up – I might flirt with splitting different guys up but not moving him down too far,” Boone said.



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