MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 15: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Florida Marlins prepares prior to a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on September 15, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jason Arnold/Getty Images)
Last night, Giancarlo Stanton missed the Miami Marlins comeback attempt fall short against the Atlanta Braves. Tonight, he also missed the Marlins blow a 3-0 lead and almost blow the game all together against the Braves. By the sound of things, it appears Stanton will also miss the last game of the Atlanta Braves series, as it was reported that during the television broadcast that manager Ozzie Guillen will hold Stanton back in tomorrow's Wednesday night series clincher.
Stanton has missed the past two games due to a sore left intercostal muscle, an injury he suffered on a swing in Saturday night's win against the Cincinnati Reds. Stanton played through some discomfort on Sunday, but Guillen is taking the appropriate safe route and letting Stanton sit another game. Since the Marlins' games right now are only important for showcasing talent trying to vie for jobs in 2013, Stanton's presence is not important in a baseball sense; he already has a job locked down.
The only disappointed group should be Marlins fans, as the team's second-to-last home stand will end without a Stanton sighting. He will be held out until Friday night's series opener against the New York Mets in Citi Field. The only parties that gain, outside of the Braves and their pitchers in tomorrow night's game, are Ryan Braun and Jay Bruce, who get another one-game edge in the National League home run race. Given the importance of Stanton's health to the long-term future of this franchise, sitting out one more game is not a big price at all.