Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 against Atlanta on April 21, dropping his average to .158 for the season. In the next 12 games, he went 25-for-57 to raise his average to .312 entering Friday’s game, with a 12-game hitting streak and seven multi-hit games in that span.
And he might just be getting started, manager Aaron Boone told Carton & Roberts on Friday.
“Last year he got off to a great start, but he kept getting interrupted, so in my eyes, this has been boiling,” Boone said. “I’m not surprised by it. This stretch has been special – we all look up at the board waiting to see what the exit velocity is.”
It’s a stretch that, really, extends all the way back to his short but magical 2020 postseason.
“The playoffs were special, and what gets lost a little is the staffs he was doing it against – Cleveland and Tampa were good staffs,” Boone said. “Hits and home runs were hard to come by against them and he was completely locked in.”
With the way Stanton is raking, and the way other outfielders are scuffling and other players are banged up, could we see Stanton in the outfield sometime soon?
“It’s something were talking about. Physically he’s in a good place, he does all his work, and he’s moving well. The one thing that’s a little bit of a struggle with it is getting him built up; to start him and have him play nine innings might be a challenge,” Boone said.
So, it seems, that notion would only come into play if the Yankees are really in a bind, like they almost were at the end of Thursday’s game with a short bench and a hobbled Aaron Hicks.
“Yesterday we were potentially up against it and would’ve had to get creative, but I would feel comfortable with him going out there in a pinch for a few innings,” Boone said. “Physically, he’s definitely capable of going out there, and most of his conditioning work is taking fly balls.”
Capable, Boone says, but it’s not just as easy as ‘get out there and do it,’ even for a former Gold Glove MVP and Gold Glove finalist.
“When you’re doing it back-to-back you put yourself in a vulnerable position, especially with a guy who has had chain reactions of leg injuries,” Boone said. “There’s a buildup to put yourself in a good position to do it. Like what Luke Voit is doing right now – the biggest thing is the buildup, moving around, the up downs, torqueing yourself. It’s a unique level of conditioning to get through.”
Check out Boone’s entire appearance on Carton & Roberts below!