Giancarlo Stanton reboots with another 114 mph blast powering Yankees over Twins

New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton reacts after hitting a 114-mph a home run against the Minnesota Twins’ on May 14, 2024, in Minneapolis.

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Giancarlo Stanton’s powerful swing propelled the Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the Twins at Target Field on Tuesday. In the third inning, the slugger capitalized on a mistake by Twins starter Chris Paddack, launching a misplaced changeup a staggering 427 feet to left field. The ball exploded off Giancarlo Stanton‘s bat at an incredible 114 mph, extending the Yankees’ lead to 3-1.

The slugger, who has been facing flak for his 2023 failure and slow early start this season, has hit safely in 15 of his last 19 games. His ninth homer of the season, while not as spectacular as his two mammoth shots at Yankee Stadium last week, ties him with Juan Soto for the second-most on the team, just behind Aaron Judge’s team-leading 10. Giancarlo Stanton’s ability to put pressure on opposing pitchers has been instrumental in the Yankees’ offensive prowess, inevitably leading to runs on the scoreboard.

Giancarlo Stanton’ homer secures the Yankees’ win

Carlos Rodon’s outing began on a sour note when Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers launched a towering home run on just the second pitch of the game. Jeffers’ blast, his team-leading 10th of the season, left the bat at a blistering 107.4 mph and traveled an estimated 414 feet according to Statcast. The Twins’ offensive surge continued as Carlos Correa followed with a scorching line-drive single that registered 109 mph off the bat.

However, the Yankees wasted no time in responding. The top of their lineup, featuring Anthony Rizzo, Gleyber Torres, and Austin Wells, strung together back-to-back-to-back singles to open the inning. Oswaldo Cabrera then stepped up to the plate and lofted a sacrifice fly, bringing home the tying run and evening the score.

Anthony Volpe stepped into the batter’s box and delivered a clutch RBI single to left field, putting the Yankees ahead 2-1. Giancarlo Stanton took a more direct approach in the third inning, launching his ninth home run of the season, a laser shot that landed in the left-center field bullpens. The Yankees’ offensive onslaught was capped off by Alex Verdugo’s two-run double in the fourth inning.

New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton hits a home run against the Minnesota Twins’ on May 14, 2024, in Minneapolis.
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Despite going 2-for-5 with a home run, Giancarlo Stanton’s most significant contribution was his ability to shift the momentum after Carlos Rodon’s shaky start against the first two Twins batters. Giancarlo Stanton himself underscored the importance of his timely hit in erasing the early deficit and setting the tone for the rest of the game.

“That just puts tremendous pressure on opposing pitchers and sooner or later, you’re going to score some runs,” the Yankees slugger said.

Giancarlo Stanton praised Rodon’s composure after surrendering an early home run, commending his ability to regain focus and deliver a solid outing of six-plus innings. He expressed gratitude for Rodon’s resilience on the mound. When asked about the influence of his offseason training on his current performance, Giancarlo Stanton attributed his improved stamina and mobility to the rigorous regimen, allowing him to make more significant contributions to the team’s success.

“Just being able to stay in my legs, stay moving around better and just contribute,” he said. “With the early homer, for him not to be fazed at all and settle in and give us six-plus, yeah, that was awesome.”

Despite recently being moved from his customary cleanup spot in the batting order, Giancarlo Stanton has been on a tear over his last two games. The slugger has gone 2-for-8 with a pair of blistering home runs, each leaving his bat at speeds exceeding 118 mph. What makes his most recent homer particularly noteworthy is its 15-degree launch angle, just one degree higher than the American League average for base hits this season. Giancarlo Stanton’s raw power allows him to hit the ball so hard that even a launch angle typically associated with singles can result in a home run.

This impressive display of strength was also evident during the Yankees’ 9-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night, when Stanton crushed a solo shot in the third inning that rocketed off his bat at an astonishing 119.9 miles per hour.

Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton boasts MLB’s fastest bat speed

Giancarlo Stanton, the New York Yankees‘ formidable slugger, has launched an impressive 410 home runs throughout his MLB tenure. Despite a recent dip in performance, the 6’6″, 245-pound powerhouse continues to deliver some of the most ferocious swings in the game, and now, there’s data to back it up.

New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton celebrates in dugout after hitting a 114-mph a home run against the Minnesota Twins’ on May 14, 2024, in Minneapolis.
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MLB’s Baseball Savant website recently introduced fresh metrics that shed light on the factors contributing to the success of baseball’s elite hitters, providing fans and analysts with a deeper understanding of what sets these players apart from the rest.

Giancarlo Stanton reigns supreme when it comes to bat speed, with the sweet spot of his bat barrel whipping through the strike zone at an astonishing average of 80.6 mph, leaving Pittsburgh’s Oneil Cruz a distant second at 77.7 mph.

Moreover, Giancarlo Stanton boasts an unrivaled 98.4% fast swing percentage, a metric that calculates the frequency of his swings exceeding 75 mph, while the average MLB player’s swing clocks in at 72 mph. Baseball enthusiasts and stat aficionados will revel in the six new categories introduced, five of which focus on hitters, including average bat speed, fast swing rate, squared-up rate, blasts, and swing length.

While some categories, like bat speed, are self-explanatory, others require a bit more context and mathematical understanding to fully appreciate the depth of the data now available.

The squared-up rate, for instance, factors in both the hitter’s bat speed and the pitcher’s velocity. MLB illustrates this with an example featuring Trevor Larnach, a Minnesota Twins outfielder, who connected with a 98.8 mph fastball using a 75.6 mph swing.

After some additional calculations, MLB determined that this combination could potentially result in a 113.4 mph exit velocity, and the ball indeed left Larnach’s bat at 110 mph, indicating a 97% squared-up swing. Any swing exceeding 80% is considered squared up according to this metric.

The sole new category for pitchers, playfully dubbed “Swords,” aims to quantify the frequency with which a pitcher induces awkward, foolish-looking swings from batters. While MLB acknowledges that this metric is more lighthearted than analytical, it nonetheless provides an entertaining way to highlight pitching prowess. Currently, Atlanta Braves southpaw Chris Sale and New York Mets right-hander Luis Severino lead the pack with nine “Swords” each.

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