After basically beating the Diamondbacks by himself,
Stanton was the No. 11 most traded player heading into Tuesday, prompting the Fantasy Baseball Today crew to ponder his worth. They ran through several trade scenarios involving Stanton that included players such as Shelby Miller, Matt Kemp and Stephen Strasburg.
While Stanton went 2 for 4 with two home runs and three RBI, the rest of the Marlins lineup combined to go 1 for 27. Stanton has four home runs in seven games since returning from the disabled list and seven home runs through 103 at-bats.
"He looks confident," manager Mike Redmond said, per MLB.com. "He definitely looks different than he did in April, and I think that's confidence. He feels good. He's taken some good swings. He's seen some results. Like any player, that breeds a lot of confidence, and in turn, guys play better."
Stanton is batting .400 (8 for 20) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI since returning to the Marlins' lineup. He has also struck out once in 20 at-bats and hasn't recorded a strikeout in his last four games. Stanton struck out 26 times in his first 20 games before going on the disabled list in late April with a hamstring injury.
"Everything before was off the end of the bat because I wasn't trusting my body and my hands to relax and get through it," Stanton said. "That's why everything was off the end of the bat before."
Stanton's RBI double to deep center gave Miami a 5-2 lead it would not give back in the victory.
The slugger finished 3 for 4 with two RBI in the game and is batting .253. He's hit in all four games in which he's played since his return from the disabled list. Over that span, he's gone 6 for 16 (.375) with a homer and five RBI.
The home run was Stanton's fourth of the season and first since returning from the disabled list Monday. Stanton got off to a slow start in April last year as well -- just one home run in his first 21 games -- so he could still make a run at some big power numbers. Stanton hit 23 home runs in 63 games from June 12 through the end of the season last year.
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