New York Mets Series Recap: Mets Pull Off Second Straight Series Sweep Defeating Miami Marlins

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Awakening A Beast

Apr 17, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giancarlo Stanton always starts the season a little slow. His career batting average in March/April is the lowest of any month in his career at .244. He will usually heat up as April winds down though, leading into his best hitting month of May, where he sports a .326 BA. The same course was being followed this season, as Stanton was struggling heading into the series against the Mets, but looks like he could be starting to come around.

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Stanton has had some success against the Mets in his career,and it showed again this series. Stanton extended his home run streak to five consecutive games against the Mets, hitting one in each of the first two games of the series. What made them even more impressive, is that they both went to opposite field, as Stanton showed off his raw power putting two balls over the shortened fences in right-centerfield. Had he hit those same balls last season, neither would have been a home run, but with the fences moved in, Stanton got home runs for them.

In the series, Stanton had easily the most success of the early part of the season, going 5-16. Four of those five hits went for extra-bases, as Stanton had two doubles to go along with his two home runs, scoring four runs to go with four RBI. Stanton entered the series hitting .200, and will leave it with a BA of .239. That is still lower than Stanton and the Marlins would like, but he seems to be coming around a bit.

The fact he also has 11 RBI already without for average shows he still gets it done when it matters for the Marlins. The Mets very well could have awoken Stanton, which means trouble for opposing pitchers.

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