It was yet another moment where Giancarlo Stanton could have won over the Yankee faithful. But the moment ended in what Stanton has been hearing amidst his Yankee Stadium struggles: boos.
It was the bottom of the fifth inning in the Yankees-Rays matchup on Sunday, and New York finally had something going on offense. Aaron Hicks belted a solo homer to put the home team on the board with two outs. And after back-to-back walks to Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius, it was Stanton coming to the plate who had the chance to do more damage.
Stanton was facing lefty Jose Alvarado, and the matchup favored the towering slugger who entered the at-bat hitting .338 against lefties on the year. But he struck out on four pitches with a shower of too-familiar boos coming from the crowd.
Stanton has been long-awaiting that hot streak he saw in his MVP 2017 season, but when it starts to peak it's head showing a glimmer of hope it's coming, it fizzles out. In his last 15 games, he is slashing .228/.308/.509 with five homers and eight RBI.
This isn't the production he or the Yankees expected at this point in the season, but Stanton says he feels more comfortable at the plate.
"I'm seeing the ball better," he told The Post's Steve Serby after the game. "The results haven't been there. I'm making small progress."
To counteract some mediocre production last season, Stanton switched up his stance, which resulted in a production spike that was sustained through the rest of the season.
But he won't be making that same adjustment this season, and asked why he wouldn't consider it, Stanton simply said, " 'cause I don't want to."
Overall, Stanton is hitting .243/.320/.479 with his slugging percentage being over 100 points less than last season. His .798 OPS is also the lowest mark in his career.
Fortunately, the Yankees continue to win despite seeing struggles from big bats like Stanton.