Hey! Here’s a question for baseball minds everywhere:
Why do people keep pitching to Giancarlo Stanton?
Because all the Miami Marlins slugger does is deposit them 400-plus feet in the opposite direction.
And he continued to do that last night when he launched his major league leading 51st homer of the season—a solo shot in the top of the first inning off Washington Nationals right-hander Edwin Jackson.
It was Stanton's 30th home run since the start of July—giving him sole possession of the second-most homers in consecutive calendar months in major league history.
And with his 18th long ball of August, Stanton is now two home runs shy of tying the major league record for most in a calendar month set by Sammy Sosa when he hit 20 in June 1998.
Can Stanton catch Sosa?
Quite possibly, as the Marlins have one more game against the Nats tonight and then end the month tomorrow against the worst team in the majors—the Phillies.
And the only thing leaving the ballpark faster than visiting team’s hits are hometown fans.