KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Giancarlo Stanton has gone cold on the road.
Stanton, who once awed crowds from Colorado to California with gargantuan blasts, can’t explain where the firepower has gone when the Marlins are away from home.
“I have no clue,” Stanton said. “It’s unexplainable.”
Statistically, it’s dumbfounding.
Of the 210 major league players with at least 150 plate appearances on the road this season, Stanton’s .301 slugging percentage ranks 199th.
That’s no misprint. Stanton, who is known for his physique and pop, has a higher road slugging percentage than only 10 other players.
He’s belted only three home runs on the road -- versus 10 at home -- and two of those came in a June 17 game in Arizona. He has a .302 batting average at home but is hitting only .182 on the road. He’s hit only one homer over his past 24 road games entering Monday.
“Usually it’s the opposite,” Stanton said of his road success.
Stanton has gone 3 for 20 with only one RBI on the current road trip, and was benched for one game in Atlanta with the belief the mental break would do him some good.
“I haven’t really been right all year, so those numbers are just coincidence,” Stanton said of his road/home differential.
Former Marlins manager John Boles stopped in to chat with Mike Redmond before Monday's game at Kauffman Stadium. Boles, who is now senior advisor to the general manager for the Kansas City Royals, once managed Redmond on the Marlins.
"One of the things I learned the most from Bolesy was he was always honest, he was a straight shooter," Redmond said. "He told you exactly where you stood. It's one of the things I try to do as the manager, is I try to be honest with these guys. I learned that from him."
Boles, who managed the Marlins in 1996 and again from 1999-2001, can relate to the growing pains Redmond is now experiencing in his first year at the helm of the Marlins. Boles was in charge of the dugout when A.J. Burnett, Ryan Dempster and Brad Penny were arriving on the scene, and Josh Beckett was working his way up in the minors.
"Sounds like (they) have some good young arms," said Boles, who still follows the Marlins closely. "We didn't hit much, either."
Boles said that, with time, the Marlins should be a force again.
"It's just a matter of time," Boles said. "You've got to go through the growing pains. Once that happens, everything's roses."