Stanton went 1-for-5 with a solo home run Saturday against the Royals. Stanton homered in the ninth inning to record his 11th home run of the season, this one coming off right-hander Blaine Boyer. It was his second home run in four games, and he now has at least one hit in eight of his past ten games. His much discussed strikeout rate is now returning close to his career baseline, so early concerns regarding his performance should be eased.
Stanton went 4-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and three RBI in the Yankees' 6-2 victory over the Athletics on Sunday. Stanton continues to work his way out of his much-discussed early-season slump with this four-hit, three-RBI effort, bringing his slugging percentage up to .516 and his OPS up to .855. He now has 10 home runs through 155 at-bats, so even if he doesn't end up matching last year's .281 average in his first season in pinstripes, there's little reason to believe Stanton won't be cranking his fair share of home runs as the season progresses.
Stanton went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs, a walk and a stolen base in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Red Sox. The blasts were numbers eight and nine of the season for Stanton, and it was also his third two-homer game of the year. The 28-year-old continues to be all-or-nothing at the plate with 10 strikeouts in 22 at-bats since the start of May to go along with his season strikeout rate of 34.4 percent.
Stanton is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Stanton will head to the bench for the first time all season, with the Yankees' off day Monday likely contributing to manager Aaron Boone's decision to rest the slugger. While Stanton continues to strike out at a prolific rate, he has at least been supplying power of late with seven extra-base hits in his past 13 starts.
Stanton went 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and four RBI in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Astros. Incredibly, Stanton's two blasts were the first homers Dallas Keuchel has served up to any Yankees hitter in seven career starts against them. The 28-year-old slugger now has seven home runs and 19 RBI in his first 30 games in pinstripes, and his .240/.316/.479 slash line is creeping closer to expectations.