What’s left to say about Giancarlo Stanton? He may not have the most homers in the Majors right now – his 17 are tied for 30th best in baseball – but he is easily one of the most prodigious hitters of this generation.
I guess that was left to say, wasn’t it, Michael.
Every single one of his shots are absolutely crushed. Some are line drive shots, others reach the moon, but rarely are you unsure if a ball struck by Giancarlo Stanton is going to leave the yard. Check out the two he hit yesterday, for example, and you’ll see what I mean:
The first was a line drive that the announcer aptly labels “a missile.” Here’s the crazy part, though. That ball traveled 436 feet, despite a launch angle of just 16 degrees. That is insane, and undoubtedly the product of hitting it 115.3 MPH off the bat.
The second shot is of the “HOLY FUDGIN’ SHIFT,” variety, though, isn’t it? You can hear the “O0O0O0O0O0Os” in the stands as soon as it leaves the bat. Although it traveled 12 fewer feet than the first one (424 feet), it garners far more excitement, because of the 32 degree launch angle (exactly double the first shot). It also hung in the air for 6.7 seconds and left the bat at 107.8 MPH.
Like I said, Stanton’s homers are like nobody else’s.