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Monday, August 20, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: GIANCARLO STANTON OUTFIELDER NEW YORK YANKEES

Carbon copy of 2017?  You bet when it comes to New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.  Outside of just a change in locale, Stanton has almost mirrored his 2017 production with the Miami Marlins, from the very slow start in April and May to the power-hitting bonanza we are seeing on a daily basis now.  Stanton's tape measure bombs certainly have been needed as the Yankees are losing players one right after the other of late but Stanton has shown that playing in New York is not too big a chore for him as he goes into Monday's action with the following numbers:

.285
32 HR
80 RBI
80 R
5 SB
29.3 K/9
8.8 BB/9
.352 BABIP

Now it does need to be said that Stanton won't be hitting 59 home runs or go over 120 in runs and RBI this season like he did in that insane 2017 performance (which smelled like a one-in-a-lifetime haul) but crossing 100 in the latter two categories to go with around 45 home runs is still a tremendous season no matter how you slice it.  Perhaps we overanalyzed things slightly in thinking Stanton would sail to 70 home runs since he would be calling Yankee Stadium home but again the fact he gets on base so much and has the best pure power in baseball means the slugger is as good as anyone in the game in those three categories.

It is always in the average where things can get a bit shaky for Stanton given his annual struggle with strikeouts and that has been a problem again in 2018 as his K/9 has jumped up sharply to 29.3. That is up from 23.6 a year ago but Stanton is still hitting over .280 due to getting a ton of BABIP help at .352.  So it stands to reason that without that BABIP help, Stanton is back to being around a .260 hitter he has been for a large portion of his career.  That is the one things his fantasy baseball owners accept though when they make the investment. 

In the end, Giancarlo Stanton has been as advertised.  His power is insane right now and his finish can clinch many fantasy baseball leagues.  

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