Three stories: Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies

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Will The Big Fella Stay Hot?

The Miami Marlins need that answer to be yes, and for Giancarlo Stanton to keep on mashing home runs.

The Big Fella (don’t tell him I’m calling him that) found his power stroke against the Angels, and what’s more, has been on fire of late- especially since moving into the No. 2 spot in the order. But home runs had been sparse, with the two he hit this weekend being one more than he’d hit in over three weeks. With the power returning, Marlins fans can start getting excited again about the prospect of seeing Stanton defend his title in the Home Run Derby this July.

They can also dare to dream of a winning June, if Stanton is here to stay as a legitimate force in the order. The whole offense has really seemed to come alive in response, and honestly, there really isn’t anywhere to go but up in terms of on field results.

But let’s keep the focus on the long ball here. The dream of every Miami Marlins fan since Stanton arrived in the big leagues has been to see what he could do with an entire season’s worth of at bats. If he gets locked in…he could chase down the league leaders in a hurry. And I know I would enjoy September baseball in Miami a lot more if I thought Gary Sheffield‘s single season record was finally in danger of falling.

Next: Bour An All-Star?

Here’s to hoping the Fish stay hot, and we’ll see you when it’s time to tackle the Diamondbacks.