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Giancarlo Stanton snaps out of HR drought, looking to ‘simplify’ at-bats

Giancarlo Stanton and the New York Yankees have not gotten off to the start predicted by most early on in the season. The Yankees currently sit at third in the AL East at 9-9. The Bronx Bombers currently trail the Toronto Blue Jays by 3.5 games and the red-hot Boston Red Sox by 7.5 games.

A big culprit for their struggles has been the ice-cold start by star slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who was acquired in early December from the Miami Marlins. Stanton is currently hitting .205 with only four home runs and 12 RBI on the season.

Friday night, however, Stanton finally went deep again early in the game off Marco Estrada.

Stanton is hoping some semblance of success Friday helps him turn the corner at the plate.

“It kind of builds up,” Stanton said, via the New York Post. “You just try simplify things. You block out all the noise as much as possible [and] just remember this is a kid’s game. Remember how you were back when you were a kid: Go out there and prepare and let what happens happen.”

The key on Friday, according to Stanton, was that he saw the ball better at the plate.

“I’ve been able to eliminate certain things up there,” Stanton said. “It’s an interesting thing. You’ve got to have the right balance and find the right release points. Sometimes you lose that a little bit and have got to reconnect.”

The pressure of playing in New York has been a major obstacle for Stanton — something observed by his former manager in Miami, Don Mattingly — as he was loudly booed at the Yankees’ home opener after striking out five times.

Despite Stanton’s resurgence last night, the Yankees still lost to the Blue Jays by a score of 8-5 after Yankees starter Sonny Gray allows five runs in just 3.1 innings pitched. The offense has been a major disappointment thus far, but the Yankees pitching staff currently sits at 22nd in the MLB in team ERA (4.66). The Yankees have looked sub-par so far, but it is April — they have a lot of time to rectify their early season woes.