It’s weird to think about, but Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton had never hit more than 37 home runs in a season coming into 2017. It makes a little more sense when you consider the injuries he’d endured over the previous seven years, but still. A man with his power hadn’t hit 40?
Stanton set a new career-high on Tuesday night against the Nationals, belting his 38th homer of the season to further his major league lead. It was a three-run shot that came on a first-pitch A.J. Cole fastball, sailing well into the left-center field seats at Nationals Park.
Stanton came into Tuesday’s game batting .277/.370/.611 and now has 83 RBI to go along with the 38 dingers. Pretty good.