LOS ANGELES -- Despite breaking a Marlins record for home runs on a single road trip, despite being the only Marlin worth watching in the opinion of his manager, despite bringing gasps from opposing crowds with tape-measure homers.....despite all that, Giancarlo Stanton is partly frustrated with the way he's hit on the team's 11-game road swing, which ends this afternoon at Dodger Stadium.
"If you want to be honest, I'm having either terrible at bats or hitting a homer," Stanton said. "This is kind of the most ups and downs I've ever had."
Stanton hit his seventh home run of the road trip on Saturday, a 452-foot bomb off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. That established a new record for dingers on one trip. The previous mark had been shared by Preston Wilson, Mike Lowell and Miguel Cabrera. Afterward, manager Ozzie Guillen said Stanton is the only player on the team worth watching these days.
"He's the only one positive," Guillen said. "Every two or three innings we enjoy this game, seeing this kid at the plate. That's the only part we look forward to, coming to the ballpark to watch."
But Stanton said he is somewhat frustrated in that it has been an all-or-nothing trip. Though he is hiting .324 on the trip, seven of his 12 hits have been homers, and he's struck out 12 times.
"It's not total failure," Stanton said. "But...."