Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton does not like baseballs. This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. Since he became a pro, Stanton has put a hurting on many balls.
He struck again Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Stanton didn’t waste any time, either. In the first inning, he hammered an 86 mph curveball from Carlos Martinez out to left for a two-run shot.
Stanton is no stranger to hitting moonshots, but this one was impressive, even for him.
PITCHf/x may classify the pitch as a curveball, but it sure looks like a hanging slider. Martinez knew it, as well, based on his immediate reaction once Stanton makes contact. He just looks out to his left, realizing his mistakes.
For Stanton, it was his league-leading 26th home run of the year. Right now, no one punishes baseballs as effectively, or as frequently, as Stanton. That seems fitting. The two have never really had a great relationship.
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