Yankees hope Giancarlo Stanton keeps having way with Red Sox

BOSTON — Walking down Landsdowne Street on Monday, there was no visible damage from Giancarlo Stanton’s last visit to Fenway Park, though perhaps the crime scene might have been farther away on the Mass Pike.

Either way, after hitting an estimated 1,286 feet worth of home runs here in late September to fuel a critical sweep of the Red Sox, the Yankees slugger left his mark and will be looking for a repeat performance on Tuesday night in the American League wild-card game.

“Boy, that was exciting for one fan base, I guess, and one group of players,” Gerrit Cole said Monday. “But it was pretty awesome. Just a guy that’s really special, really unique. I haven’t quite seen anything [like] it.”

Stanton had been in a groove since August — he finished the season batting .305 with 19 home runs and a .984 OPS over his final 54 games — but the three-game series against the Red Sox on the penultimate weekend of the regular season served as the mountaintop of that second-half climb. He went 7-for-12 with three home runs, a double and 10 RBIs.

Giancarlo Stanton after hitting a two-run homer at Fenway in September.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

That included a game-winning grand slam off Darwinzon Hernandez in the eighth inning of the middle game, a tape-measure blast that flew past the Green Monster at an estimated 452 feet.

“I don’t believe the Statcast readings, frankly, like [452] or whatever on that one,” Cole said. “That’s a bit light. They might want to recalibrate that.”

Stanton’s shortest home run of that weekend came off Tuesday’s starter, Nathan Eovaldi, an opposite-field shot that traveled 386 feet. In his career against Eovaldi, Stanton is 7-for-27 with two home runs, two doubles and nine strikeouts.

Though he cooled off a bit after leaving Boston, hitting 4-for-22 with a home run over the final six games of the season, he remains a threat to do damage at any moment.

Stanton found that next level last postseason, when he crushed six home runs in his first five games and finished the playoffs batting 8-for-26 (.308) with a 1.426 OPS. To get where they want to go this October, the Yankees could use an encore beginning Tuesday night against the Red Sox.

“He wants to win,” Cole said. “He prepares extremely hard. I really enjoyed getting to know him over the last two years and love him as a teammate. From that perspective, I love watching my friends and teammates succeed, and so it was a blast for me personally and it was obviously a pretty majestic moment in an important game, which always intensifies the magic of it. Hopefully he can bring it out again.”


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