The Yankees' three-headed monster has only shown one face lately. But luckily, Giancarlo Stanton isn't disappointing.
Stanton provided the big blow in Wednesday night's 7-3 win to complete a sweep over the White Sox, crushing a grand slam in the top of the second. It was his sixth career slam, but more importantly, it was another big hit in the absence of Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.
"It's good to produce any way, any time," he told The Post's Ken Davidoff. "But this is obviously more important than most times here. Just got to step it up."
Judge has still yet to swing a bat after suffering a chip fracture in his right hand two weeks ago, and Sanchez is still nursing a strained right groin. That has left Stanton to take over a large workload in the power hitting department.
At first, that didn't go so well in Boston after the AL East leaders swept the Yankees. Stanton did manage to have six hits with a homer in the four games, but it wasn't enough production to get past the hottest team in baseball.
But this series against one of the worst teams in baseball was just what the doctor ordered for Stanton. Getting a bases loaded situation and capitalizing in the best way possible is just what the Yankees need from the reigning NL MVP.
"The important thing about hitting with the bases loaded is you can't always try to get the all in," Stanton said. "One or two will do and then pass the baton over. If you stay like that, you'll be pretty good with the bases loaded."
Since Judge hit the DL, Stanton has is hitting .260/.304/.560 in 11 games. Manager Aaron Boone gave Stanton the credit he deserves for taking charge when the Yankees needed it most.
"He's been such a pro through all this," Boone said. "He's gained momentum, it seems like, all season long, and now we're seeing the consistency. The quality of at-bats. He's really good at coming up with a plan for the guys he's facing and committed to it and it's netted him a lot of results."
Right now, this is the version of Stanton the Yankees expected when they traded for him this offseason. Stanton has been more patient at the plate, and though strikeouts are still a part of his game, they have diminished some. Going back to the beginning of his pinstripe debut, Stanton heard boos on his long walks back to the dugout as he tried to figure out what was wrong with his at-bats.
Then, on June 20, he launched a walk off homer against the Mariners, and it seemed to have liberated him. At least, that's how Yankee fans look at it after he secured his first signature moment.
"You can't [attribute] it to just that," Stanton said about that walk off blast. "But if you want to do a timetable from there, sure."
No matter what sparked Stanton's manmouth bat to return to normal, the Yankees are just happy that's the case. They need him more than ever as they slowly climb out of their "blip" as Boone called it, and so far, Stanton has been delivering.