In a season filled many different story lines surrounding the 2013 Miami Marlins, the disappointing and inconsistent play of superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton has surprisingly been pushed to the side. The only real mention of Stanton's less than stellar 2013 campaign was in a recent piece on the Sun-Sentinel with writer Craig Davis breaking Stanton's extreme home (.302, 10 home runs) and road (.187, three home runs) splits.
That aforementioned split is extremely surprising because of the weird pitcher-friendly dimensions which would routinely make a right handed power hitter like Giancarlo Stanton struggle. Despite that, Stanton is best suited for pulling the ball to right field as apparent by his stellar .526 wOBA on ball to the right. This weird scenario will continue to be puzzling because while there is a belief that Stanton is unhappy with the overall size of Marlins Park, he continues to be an elite player when he's working inside its pitcher-friendly confines.
One of the main reasons behind Stanton's continued struggles away from Miami is the extremely strange differences between his performance against right-handed pitchers at home (.314/.413/.618) and away from Marlins Park (.153/.245/.245). Despite the countless amounts of advanced stats that are readily available, there's really no numbers out there that can explain the dramatic differences between his performances at home and on the road.
The only real explanation that you could have to explain Stanton's less-than-stellar road performance could be the overall comfort of playing at home in Miami, which could quickly be thrown out the window because of the pitcher-friendly nature of Marlins Park. Another piece of evidence that will disprove the statement would be Stanton's reasonable home (.250/.486/.583) and road (.300/.417/.533) splits against lefties.
While Stanton's overall numbers during the 2013 season (.244/.361/.461) appear to be less than stellar when you compare it to the previous season (.290/.361/.608), he is becoming a more patient hitter at the plate, which could offset his continued struggles as a power hitter. With that said, the Marlins are going to continue to rely on Stanton to be that productive and reliable power-hitting bat in the middle of the lineup. In a season that's going to be universally regarded as forgettable, Stanton's subpar 2013 campaign could easily be forgotten, but it would still be crucial for him to finish out the season on a high note as he faces an offseason that could determine his future in the MLB.
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