The New York Yankees are on fire, and a familiar face is leading the charge.
After struggling to find his rhythm post-All-Star break, Bronx bomber Giancarlo Stanton has finally begun to heat up at the plate.
He was warming up in June and July.
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August has brought an all out assault on opposing pitching.
Stanton has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games, and over the past 7 games has hit .333 with two bombs and slugged an impressive .667.
This Giancarlo Stanton home run was at the height of the wall the entire way! A much needed insurance run for the Yankees pic.twitter.com/Nyop94i9FQ
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And while his bat has been a welcomed addition to an already loaded Yankees’ lineup, it’s what Stanton has done on the other side of the ball that should excite Yankee fans across the country.
Earlier this month, Giancarlo patrolled the outfield for the first time since October 12, 2019.
Stanton has become a regular in the Yankees’ outfield again. Giancarlo has played left or right field for New York seven times in the last 15 games.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone seemed to predict how playing the outfield again would spark his slumping star.
“But there’s no question — he’s been a very good outfielder throughout his career,” said Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone when asked about putting his slugger back in the outfield. “And that’s how he’s played most of his career.
“So hopefully it is something that in the long run serves him well performance-wise, but maybe in the long run, helps him stay a little bit healthier even by being a little bit more athletic a couple times a week.”
Now this tone was a complete 180 from the Yankees’ philosophy toward keeping their quarter billion dollar investment healthy.
You see, the guy who was once a Gold Glove finalist had been basically banished from the outfield.
Now, It seems like the Yankees are ready to officially take the bubble wrap off their slugger.
Ironically enough, it was a road series in Miami where Stanton finally found his stride in the oufield.
The move seems to coincide with his increased production at the dish.
Giancarlo Stanton drives in two with a bases-loaded double on the first pitch he sees in the at bat! pic.twitter.com/HtYLOds4nh
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Stanton’s ability to play the outfield gives Boone a plethora of options going forward as the Yankees (Wild Card leaders) continue to battle in the AL East.
When Boone decided to give Stanton an opportunity to be a part of the outfield rotation again, he was vague when discussing just how much the former NL MVP would play.
But with the positive response from Stanton’s bat and most importantly, his body, a stable of corner outfielders like the Yankees have will be a scary site for opposing pitchers.