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Giancarlo Stanton credits the Home Run Derby for rediscovering his swing

Jul 20, 2014, 6:55 PM EST

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Leading up to the Home Run Derby last Monday in Minnesota, we heard several players — Jose Abreu and Mike Trout among them — cite the myth that the Derby leads to second-half woes. Perhaps Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton can serve as evidence in the opposite direction.

The slugger, who lost 1-0 in the semifinals of the Home Run Derby to Todd Frazier, homered on Friday and Saturday against the Giants, the first two games back from the All-Star break. Stanton went into the break slumping, going homerless with a .580 OPS in his previous 15 games. As MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports, Stanton credits the Derby for helping rediscover his swing:

“Having to lock in for the Derby made me feel better,” Stanton said. “I wasn’t myself the last couple of weeks. The short time off and the Derby kind of helped me out. I think it will be all right.”

Stanton leads the National League with 23 home runs. He is locked in a tie with Paul Goldschmidt for the league lead in RBI with 65 and he carries an impressive .295/.394/.551 slash line.

As Ken Woolums and Daniel R. Braunstein explained at Five Thirty Eight, a hitter’s second-half decline has more to do with expected regression rather than messed up mechanics caused by the Home Run Derby.

  1. hardkor07mn - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    This guy hits a TON

  2. mungman69 - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Maybe the Fish will trade Stanton to the Phillies for Chase Utley and jimmy Rollins.

  3. baldcrabbydaddy38 - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    yup there goes everyone SLASHING again. get a new f’n adjective, dude. Seriously

    • birdman6824 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Would you prefer VIRGULE line, or SOLIDUS line ?

      Saul Hudson line doesn’t really do it for me.

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