Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton said he wouldn't be changing his stance as he continues to fight his struggles at the plate. But, after a four-hit night in the team's win over the Nationals on Monday, it appears Stanton made an adjustment after all.
And it worked.
It was Stanton's third four-hit game with the Yankees this season, and he posted two RBI as well. As YES Network's Jack Curry pointed out after the game, Stanton's signature closed stance looked to be less drastic. His left foot was noticeably more open, while his body was more upright.
But Stanton once again denied changing anything to his stance.
"No, I didn't make any adjustments," he told The Post's Dan Martin.
He didn't mention again, though, how he is seeing the ball better at the plate. And though the results weren't there at Yankee Stadium, Nationals Park was kind to the slugger.
"I've been seeing the ball better, regardless of results," Stanton said.
What was even better than watching Stanton look collected and comfortable during his big night in our nation's capital was the fact that his success came off a righty. Nats starter Erick Fedde gave up Stanton's first two hits, which brought his average against righties this season up to .218 on the year.
Stanton may have tallied his other two hits, including his RBI double in the seventh, off a lefty. But he made sure to note that his confidence level doesn't go based off the arm the pitcher throws with. He also understands why people were happy to see him squaring up Fedde, though.
"The numbers are much different, but I try to have the same amount of confidence with anyone on the mound, even though you know what [the numbers] are," he said.
Stanton also realizes his home-road splits are noticeable as well. He owns a .212 average at home compared to .295 on the road thus far.
But this slight adjustment, even though he says it isn't there, seemed to have worked against the Nationals. With the Yankees returning home for a big series against the surprising Mariners on Tuesday, that adjustment -- whether he admits it's there or not -- could turn those Yankee fan boos into cheers.
So, keep an eye on Stanton when he enters the box on Tuesday night. He just might have figured out his problem.