Maybe this is a bit of an overreaction, but Giancarlo Stanton might never not strike out again.
Alright so he went 2-for-4 against the Red Sox on Tuesday night in his first game at Fenway Park in pinstripes. But it took until his third time through the lineup to get anything going off Red Sox starter Chris Sale, when he squeaked a base hit into center field in the sixth inning.
Before that, it got quite ugly for the Yankees slugger. Sale absolutely mowed him down in his first at-bat, striking him out on three pitches, all fastballs. The big lefty challenged Stanton to catch up to his heater, and he could not.
Chris Sale with a overpowering 3-pitch, 3-strike K of Giancarlo Stanton in the 1st inning pic.twitter.com/V9D0yQHo9f— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) April 10, 2018
Stanton’s second at-bat was a little better. He got to four pitches before striking out, again flailing helplessly at another fastball.
It wasn’t a complete disaster for Stanton. He did sort-of solve Sale with his sixth-inning single and ended up 2-for-4 on the night. But the reality is the Yankees got steamrolled in their first matchup against the Red Sox, and Stanton did little to help out on the scoreboard.
Stanton is now up to 22 strikeouts in his first 11 games (52 plate appearances) as a Yankee. He’ll need to launch something over the Green Monster in a hurry if he wants to curry favor with anyone following his team. It’s way, way too early to make any kind of sweeping declarations about the Stanton era in the Bronx, but it’s certainly not off to the best start.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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