As now-Yankee teammates Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Decide sat subsequent to one another on the BBWAA awards dinner on Sunday evening, it was simple to marvel: simply what number of homers are these guys going to hit subsequent season?
Stanton (MLB-high 59) and Decide (AL-high 52) mixed for 111 homers a yr in the past, and have already drawn comparisons to Roger Maris (61) and Mickey Mantle (54), who mixed for 115 homers in 1961. Stanton and Decide, each hulking proper fielders who modified their stances en path to historic energy outcomes—most efficiently out of the No. 2 spot within the lineup—every possess the power to interrupt data.
After transferring to a closed stance on June 19, Stanton hit 42 homers in 93 video games (410 plate appearances)—which included jaw-dropping stretches of 11 homers in 12 video games and 30 homers in 48 video games. At that tempo, Stanton would primarily be on par with Barry Bonds, who blasted an MLB-record 73 homers in 2001. The truth is, extrapolated over a 162-game season that included 715 plate appearances (23 greater than he had in 2017, solely three gamers had that many final season), Stanton hit at a 74-homer tempo, in accordance with baseball-reference.com.
Whether or not that tempo can carry over and be sustainable for the complete 2018 marketing campaign together with his closed stance stays to be seen. Stanton can be enjoying within the AL for the primary time in his profession—seeing new pitching—whereas additionally becoming a member of a staff with a lot better expectations, which may result in better scrutiny if he struggles. A-Rod not too long ago puzzled concerning the ramifications of his addition, and the way it could influence the roster. Stanton additionally has an injury-riddled previous, and can be DHing many nights, versus enjoying the sphere. An adjustment interval could also be within the playing cards.
Curiously sufficient, A-Rod, a marquee, massive-money Yankee acquisition who needed to change positions and got here together with his personal set of query marks, hit solely .253 with 4 homers in his first month together with his new staff (2004) earlier than ending up at .286 with 36 homers. The next yr, he received MVP.
But, for all of that, Stanton is becoming a member of a probably deadly lineup that includes the likes of Decide, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius and Greg Fowl, and enjoying for a World Sequence contender might be refreshing after all of the franchise turmoil that continuously plagued the Marlins.
For what it is price, Stanton would not have hit any additional homers in Yankee Stadium versus Marlins Park (the place he hit 31) in 2017, primarily based on his projected batted balls of a minimum of 300 toes, in accordance with Statcast. Granted, it is price nothing the ballpark within the Bronx had the second-best park issue for homers final season, whereas the ballpark in Miami ranked 25th in that class. Stanton hit 11 homers to proper (six at dwelling), as in comparison with 16 for Decide (12 at dwelling).
Decide, who was on-board with Stanton’s addition when requested his opinion by Brian Cashman, had stretches of 30 homers in his first 366 plate appearances, seven homers in his subsequent 191 plate appearances and 15 homers in his last 121 plate appearances. He hit a franchise-record 33 homers at dwelling. A shoulder damage that in the end required offseason surgical procedure seemed to be his greatest subject, and it makes you marvel what number of homers he may’ve hit had he been wholesome for the complete season.
Decide will even have nice expectations on his shoulders, attempting to observe up on a historic rookie marketing campaign. Nonetheless, it ought to make for an interesting storyline to see if Stanton and Decide can in some way replicate what the M&M Boys did a long time in the past: ZiPS projection mannequin for 2018 has Stanton slugging 55 homers and Decide slugging 43. The Bronx Bombers would presumably take that.
MACHADO TO SHORT
Manny Machado, who the Yankees have talked to the Orioles about and will signal outright when he turns into a free agent in 2019, will transfer to shortstop, Baltimore introduced over the weekend.
Machado, who grew up idolizing A-Rod and wears No. 13 due to his fellow Miami native, got here up enjoying quick however switched to 3rd as he ascended to the majors.
This transfer is like A-Rod, however in reverse. If he does find yourself in pinstripes, it would not be the primary time the Yankees had two shortstops on their roster.
SANCHEZ NO. 2
Gary Sanchez was ranked because the second-best catcher in baseball by MLB Community, which had solely Buster Posey forward of The Kraken.
Sanchez is an excellent offensive participant with unimaginable arm power behind the plate.
Now, it is about shedding the laziness label that has been hooked up to him, and changing into a greater defensive catcher total with ex-backstop/new bench coach Josh Bard by his aspect.
No query he has the expertise to take action, however can he put all of it collectively?