Numbers hardly do justice to the power New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton possesses. But they can help explain how amazing his home run hitting display has been this postseason.
Stanton homered twice Tuesday night in Game 2 of the American League Division Series — giving him five round-trippers in four playoff games.
But his titanic 458-foot blast off Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow in the fourth inning was especially impressive. It left Stanton's bat at 118.3 mph, making it the hardest-hit postseason home run ever measured by Statcast (since 2015).
There was no doubt it was going to leave the park from the moment of contact. (Just watch the reaction of Glasnow and catcher Mike Zunino.)
STANTON STRIKES AGAIN. 😱😱 pic.twitter.com/8Y1f3cSCZP
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According to Statcast, Stanton's combination of an exit velocity of 118.3 mph and a launch angle of 24 degrees produced an almost-impossible expected batting average of .990.
Stanton has now hit more home runs in four postseason games (5) than he did during the entire 2020 regular season (4). Though he did play in just 23 games due to injuries.
Stanton, a native of Southern California, certainly loves hitting in San Diego's Petco Park — where all the games in the ALDS against the Rays are being played. He has a .323/.432/.758 line in 19 regular-season games with eight home runs and 15 RBI at Petco.
And don't forget, he also won the 2016 All-Star Home Run Derby in this same ballpark, smashing a total of 61 homers in three rounds.
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