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Monday, August 28, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: GIANCARLO STANTON REACHES THE 50 MARK IN HOME RUNS

It seemed like just yesterday where yours truly celebrated the fact that Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton reached the 40-homer mark for the first time in his career.  With injuries interrupted more than a few of his previous years, it was a "FINALLY" moment only for the fact that Stanton should have gotten there earlier in his career.  What I did note on that day was that with the pressure of reaching 40 homers now fallen by the wayside, it was likely that Stanton would go bonkers from that point onward with the power in a more relaxed state.  Well you can say I nailed that prediction as Stanton reached the 50 homer mark Sunday afternoon and it only took him 15 games to get those 10 additional bombs.  Clearly the front-runner for MVP, Stanton now has the following insane numbers going into Monday's action:

.296
50 HR
108 RBI
102 R
2 SB

Those are blockbuster statistics and look at the batting average!!!!  We all know how Stanton has struggled mightily at times in that category and him hitting .296 right now is icing on the cake for this incredible season Stanton is having.  And it was gains Stanton made in the strikeouts department that is primarily the cause for the average boost as his current 23.5 K/9 rate is a vast improvement from the 29.8 mark of a year ago.  Walking at a very high 12.0 BB/9 clip, Stanton is also an on-base machine who is not missing anything right now at the dish.  With all that Stanton has done this season, he has put himself right there as the number 2 pick in 2018 fantasy baseball drafts behind Mike Trout and the numbers look like they could be downright silly by the end of his 2017 campaign.  So this is what a fully healthy Stanton can do.  Wow.


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