Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton stays hot since go to outfield: ‘It makes a difference’s
Giancarlo Stanton has been playing semi-consistently in the outfield for almost a month, so it certainly was not a shock to see him manning right field when the Yankees started an interleague series Monday night in Atlanta.
Beginning for the eleventh time in the Yankees’ previous 23 games in the outfield, Stanton additionally proceeded with his hostile flood through that stretch, shooting another homer and driving in three runs in the sizzling Yankees’ tenth consecutive success, 5-1 over the Braves at Truist Park.
“I think [playing defense] has helped kind of just not focusing on hitting,” Stanton said after the game. “You always want to be your best in the box, and feel like you’re in the best mind frame. But that also means turning it off for a second and using that focus somewhere else. … So yeah, it helps in some way.”
The 31-year-old Stanton didn’t play in the field at all last season nor in any of his initial 100 appearances this year until beginning in left field July 30 in Miami, where he was a four-time All-Star outfielder during his initial eight major alliance seasons.
Stanton’s utilization in the outfield lately additionally to a great extent has cleared the assigned hitter spot for Luke Voit, assisting with mitigating a logjam at a respectable starting point and the corner-outfield spots after the exchange cutoff time acquisitions of outfielder Joey Gallo and first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
“I think if anything, physically it’s helped him, moving around and keeping his body going,” said Aaron Boone. “It’s been a seamless transition right back out there. Looks like he’s been playing regularly all year, the last couple of years.
“As soon as we started doing it, you always know there’s gonna be a conclusion drawn. It’s because he’s in the outfield, he’s doing this or isn’t doing that. Sometimes it’s just baseball, and the ebb and flow of the season. … That said, it’s very possible that being out there has helped him a little bit.”
Voit was named the American League Player of the Week sooner Monday, yet he was not in the setup with the DH spot killed in National League parks.
Stanton maybe got an early advantage on the current week’s honor with a performance shot against Braves starter Huascar Ynoa initiating Monday’s subsequent inning, pushing a 2-2 slider away over the divider in appropriate for his 21st of the period.
Stanton later snapped a 1-1 tie in the 6th, with a rankling two-run twofold to left at 119.2 mph before Boone twofold changed him out of the game in the base half. Over his last 23 games since his underlying re-visitation of the outfield, Stanton is batting .316 with five homers, 13 strolls and 18 RBIs.
“He’s a unicorn, he does things every night that are a little bit different than anyone else,” Boone said. “Every time he hits one, I think everyone gets a kick out of going to the [score] board [to see] how hard he hits it.”
With that in mind, Stanton said his partners normally joke with him “is that all you got?” When Boone’s “unicorn” remark was transferred, Stanton added, “That’s pretty cool. He’s seen a lot of baseball, so it’s cool if I can do something that guys out there every day for years are seeing something new.”