NEW YORK – Giancarlo Stanton's first homebase as a member of the New York Yankees went far different than either himself or anyone else attending Yankee Stadium last week was put into the offseason.
Most illustrated much rejoicing. Instead, Stanton got his share of whining.
Standing in front of his house locker on Sunday night, fresh from another day of being in the Bronx, Stanton had only one way to sum up his feelings after he became 3-for-28 (.107) at 16 Strikeouts in his first six games, which officially attract the pinstripes.
"I just have to take it as a bad week," said Stanton, hearing it from angry fans following a twelfth. Inning Strikeout, who ended the game on Sunday with an 8: 7 loss to the Baltimore Orioles [1
Brad Brach escaped his own base-loaded, no-out Jam in the 12th inning and The Baltimore Orioles overcame an early deficit that left their starting pitch banging the built-in wall, holding the New York Yankees 8-7 Sunday.
"The season is much longer than a week," he added. "A few good games and I could turn it around and help us win."
Stanton's team-mate, the similarly powerful Aaron Judge, thinks in the same vein.
"We'll look back on it in August and laugh about it," Richter said. "It's just about us and making adjustments, as I know he will, he has done it all his career, Stanton is a great hitter."
Towards the assertion of last year's National League MVP Award, Stanton struck a major league lead 59 homeruns. Richter led the American League at 52.
Stanton's work with the Miami Marlins (batting .268 with 267 home runs in eight seasons) made him a coveted player last winter. But after his first 10 games with the Yankees, Stanton has some questions as to whether they will witness the same player.
Along with his 0-for-7, five-strikeout performance in Sunday's defeat, Stanton became hitless and sent five strikeouts in his debut with the Yankees on Tuesday
that was the first time in the live ball -Age that a player with five strikeouts in two games in the same season went bumpless, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Stanton also became the third player in the last 100 seasons to make several five-strikeout games in one season.
Overall, Stanton wrestles .167 (7-for-42) with 20 strikeouts and three home runs over his first 10 games with the Yankees. Of its 42 at-bats, 47.6 percent have gone on strike.
"[It’s] just timing," said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. "He has his toe tip and all, and I really think it's that easy, and once he locks that in, everything will fall from there."
Stanton is not sure if it's a timing or a mechanics issue, but he'll spend the next few days solving the problem. After tomorrow's Monday, the Yankees face the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday for the start of a three-game series. It will be Stanton's first time participating in the rivalry.
"I just have to do more homework, many of them are seeing them for the first time," said Stanton, referring to his move from the National League to the American League. "You just have to fight, if you do not feel right, just find a way to fight and try to get the ball into play, which did not work, but we'll be fine."
The Buhs Stanton heard when the game ended on his extra-inning, swing-and-miss strikeout were similar to those that echoed throughout the stadium in the eighth inning when he went into a different clutch situation. Both riots were loud and in a bad mood.
Neither bothered him.
"You will not cheer for that," Stanton said. "So, what do you expect?"
As in his last at-bat, there was a runner on base during Stanton's eighth-inning strikeout. That was one of three at-bats Sundays in which he could not bring the ball into play with a runner on the base.
Boone still remains optimistic that what Stanton is going through is temporary.
"If he's right, his timing will begin to happen on a grand scale, and once that happens, he'll roll and become a dominant player," Boone said. "Hitting is a grind, and if you do not bustle or you're not doing as well as you can, then you're thinking about it, you're wearing it. You're taking it home."
"But you too – and me He knows how special he is. As soon as he blocks that feeling, this feeling we see as a hitter, I'm not worried anymore. He will explode. "