The good news for the Miami Marlins is that they MIGHT have enough offensive firepower to stay in contention without Giancarlo Stanton for the remainder of the season.
The bad news for them is that they will have to figure out if they can stay in contention without Giancarlo Stanton.
As you may have heard by now, Stanton will be out for the rest of the 2016 season with a groin injury that he suffered on Saturday night while trying to stretch a two-out single into a double.
Stanton was not having an MVP season by any stretch but it was still very solid (.244 25 HR 70 RBI) and his presence alone puts fear into opposing pitchers.
No disrespect to his teammates Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich or Martin Prado — who are all great players in their own right — but they do not instill that same type of fear and that presence that Stanton does.
Stanton had a brutal stretch from the beginning of May through the middle of June in which his batting average dropped all the way down to .192 on June 12th.
During those 32 games from May 1st to June 12th Stanton batted .149 with 4 homers and 10 RBI with 49 strikeouts. He only slugged .298 during that stretch, which is a number that he could slug in his sleep.
He has been much better since that stretch, hitting 13 homers and driving in 41 runs.
Unfortunately they will not have that production in the lineup for the rest of the season. What they WILL have is the production of Yelich, Ozuna, Dee Gordon, Mr. 3,000 Ichiro Suzuki, Martin Prado and Justin Bour (whenever he returns from injury).
Justin Bour has been out since July 3rd with a high ankle sprain and they could certainly use his 15 HR’s more than ever.
The Marlins were 20-20 during that aforementioned stretch where Stanton was basically non-existent and they leaned heavily on Ozuna (9 HR & 27 RBI during stretch), Yelich (20 RBI) and Bour (18 RBI) to keep their offense afloat.
They were only able to obtain a .500 record during that period and that is with Stanton at least being a presence in the lineup. Without Stanton at least being there it will he very difficult (but not impossible) for them to overcome their 13-year postseason drought.
Although they are only a half game out of a second Wild Card spot, losing a star like Stanton just may be too big of a hurdle.
Maybe Alex Rodriguez could help…
– Khristian Peel