When Giancarlo Stanton hits Cincinnati like … well … like he hits a belt-high fastball in a few short weeks for the Home Run Derby, it’s a good bet that the Great American Ballpark may not hold many of his prodigious pokes.
But, that’s not what the Scout Hot Sheet is all about. It’s about the past seven days, and over the past seven days, neither pitcher nor ballpark has been able to stop Stanton, or contain him.
The Miami Marlins slugger has mashed a big league-best five home runs in the past seven days, averaging one dinger per five at-bats, while driving in 12 RBIs – also best in the Majors.
Stanton’s nine extra-base hits and 32 total bases also pace both circuits, with only the Reds’ own Joey Votto coming close in the total base department, collecting 23 – more than two trots around the bases fewer than Stanton.
Stanton’s .520 average places him third in the big leagues over the past week, but both Bryce Harper and Miguel Cabrera -- the two hitters ahead of him – played in two fewer games, and each had eight fewer at-bats.
Stanton’s .586 on-base percentage was good for fourth in the big leagues, but, again, Cabrera, Harper and Mark Teixeira -- who placed ahead of Stanton in OBP -- each played in two fewer games.
In the slugging department, it’s no wonder that Stanton is king in big league ball, with a 1.280 mark setting him ahead of Cabrera (1.000) over the past seven days. Add that all together, and you get a big league-best 1,866 OPS, a full .266 ahead of second-place Cabrera.
Though the Fish started off the week by getting trounced at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays, 11-3, 4-3 and 7-2, Stanton and Miami bounced back, taking three out of four back home against the Colorado Rockies, with Stanton going 7-for-14 with two home runs and eight RBIs.
Stanton has been heating up as the season enters its middle third, having hit safely in each of his last seven games and 12 of his last 13. During that stretch, he’s upped his season batting average from .228 to .261, tallying 13 extra-base hits.
On Saturday, Stanton accounted for all of Miami’s scoring in a 4-1 win over Colorado, rapping his 12th double of the season to center in the bottom of the first to plate Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich, and then popping his 23rd round-tripper of the year to left in the bottom of the sixth to cash in Yelich again, as the Marlins skated to a 4-1 win.
Stanton also powered a 6-0 win over the Rockies on Thursday, slamming a three-run homer on a laser shot over the left field wall the bottom of the first, and driving in another on an infield single.