In game one against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, the New York Yankees offense was firing on all cylinders in the 4-1 victory.
Should Yankee fans be concerned with Stanton’s performance at this point in the season? As of June 2, Stanton is sporting a slash line of .248/.323./470 with 11 home runs.
Stanton has been a slow starter in previous seasons, but a third of the way into the season seems no longer to be starting out, but actually underperforming.
On June 2 last season, Stanton had established himself as a .289/.354/.572 hitter with 14 home runs and was just about to take off on his historic home run pace.
While right-hander Andrew Cashner was a god-send to Yankee hitters on Friday night, Stanton continued to struggle mightily with the right-hander. On the season he is hitting .193 against righties as opposed to the .375 he is hitting against lefties.
Dan Martin of the New York Post spoke with Stanton about his struggles this season and when Stanton was asked whether he would be making any adjustments, he stated that with the changes he is already experiencing in a new city, new league, he didn’t expect to be making any big changes at the plate.
Stanton did say however:
“I’ve made tweaks and I feel like I’ve made some progress, but I take some steps forward and then some steps back,” Stanton said. “That’s kind of where I am right now. I’m working on little tweaks here and there.”
While Stanton, and fans too, are clearly frustrated with his progress this season, especially against righties, such as Cashner, the Yankees winning ways help take the sting out of the disappointment.