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Aaron Boone addresses Giancarlo Stanton’s ongoing Yankee Stadium struggles

Giancarlo Stanton has had a rough start overall in his first season with the New York Yankees, but his struggles at his new home ballpark in the Bronx have been particularly alarming.

Stanton seems to be getting his footing back somewhat on the road, but Yankee Stadium has been another matter entirely. After an absolutely atrocious start at home early on this season, Stanton’s struggles have continued.

Stanton is hitting .202 in 29 home games through Monday with six homers, 15 RBIs, 43 strikeouts in 114 at-bats and a .676 OPC compared to .302 in 22 road games with five homers, 13 RBIs 27 strikeouts in 86 at-bats and a .941 OPS, via NJ.com.

And things continue to go from bad to worse for Stanton at Yankee Stadium, as he is 1-for-17 with eight strikeouts in four games on the Yankees’ current homestand. That awful run was highlighted by Stanton whiffing himself to a Golden Sombrero in Monday’s 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros thanks to striking out four times. A 1-for-5 game followed in Tuesday’s 6-5 win over the same Astros, a game in which Stanton only struck out once.

Before Tuesday’s game, Yankees manager Aaron Boone addressed Stanton’s continued home slump, arguing against the belief the slugger is crumbling under the pressure.

“I just don’t think he’s got into that long stretch where he’s that MVP that everyone wants to see,” Boone said. “To me, that’s about timing and rhythm. For as many ups and downs that he’s had so far, he’s been really productive for us.

“So I just don’t think from a timing standpoint he’s ever really got it completely locked in like I know that he will at some point. And I think there will be that stretch – that few-week stretch, that month stretch – where he’s really locked in from a timing standpoint and you’ll see the massive production happen on a more consistent basis.”

Marlins skipper Don Mattingly, Stanton’s former manager with the Miami Marlins, had some interesting thoughts on the slugger struggling to acclimate himself to the pressure of donning the pinstripes. Regardless of the reason, though, Stanton’s home-ballpark slump continues to be confounding.