It’s all people can talk about these days, and with good reason. But there is more to the Miami Marlins recent play than Giancarlo Stanton’s home runs.
In the light of his unbelievable home run total and offensive explosion, it’s no surprise that Giancarlo Stanton is dominating Miami Marlins talk. He’s the toast of Major League Baseball right now. But that’s only the surface of Miami’s recent success.
If you hadn’t heard, the Miami Marlins are only 4.5-games out of a wildcard spot. With more than a month of baseball to go, they’re playing well enough to keep things interesting. If Miami makes the playoffs, it will be difficult for the league to award the MVP trophy elsewhere.
But there is a lot more to the Marlins winning ways than just monster dong long balls.
It’s taken a team resurgence to get the Fish back into contention. From top-to-bottom, all 25 guys on the roster are contributing in a major way right now. It’s easy to forget the supporting cast when one star is running away with the show.
But baseball isn’t basketball. It’s the ultimate team game, where one solo star can be buried on a team that underperforms elsewhere. Suppose for a minute that nobody else was getting on base or driving in runs. What if the bullpen was regularly being gouged for three run innings?
That would render the impressive performance by Miami’s bonafide slugger a pleasant footnote in an otherwise disappointing season.
There is plenty to talk about beyond Giancarlo Stanton and his impressive power display. Chicks dig the long ball, and so it’s only natural that gets the most press. As thrilling as it might be, there is quite a bit flying under the radar.
Here are three reasons why the Miami Marlins are winning games not named Giancarlo Stanton: