Stanton, who joined the Yankees from Miami Marlins in December, has struggled to impress for NY in the opening weeks of the Major League Baseball season.
One night after a 12-1 loss in the Bronx, the last-place Marlins (5-12) turned the tables to split the two-game series. "You struggle, you pay, that's all there is to it".
Marlins manager Don Mattingly pulled Garcia after 77 pitches against the Mets last Wednesday, saying it was an easy decision because the 25-year-old lefty, a rookie reliever last season, never would have been left in long enough to finish the job. Stanton hit 267 home runs during his eight-year run with the Marlins, including a career-high 59 last season, but Mattingly knows those accomplishments are well in the past. Last year's NL MVP, traded to NY in the offseason as part of a payroll purge by new Marlins CEO and former Yankees captain Derek Jeter, went hitless in his first series against his former team. On opening day against the Blue Jays, Stanton hit two home runs, but he has struggled since, batting just.086 (3-for-35) with 20 strikeouts in eight games at home.
"The one thing he didn't know was how Stanton would be affected by the early rough patch and the ensuing fan reaction". "That's the only thing you really don't know". Anybody that comes to NY - I've seen a lot of guys come into NY from other organisations while I played here, it's just a different place. It's just not the same. "So you've got go out and prove yourself on the field".
"You don't really have any money in the bank", Mattingly said.
"Once he gets rolling, it will be a juggernaut", Boone said.
On Monday, though, Mattingly wasn't offering to help get Stanton out of his slump just yet.
That's led the Yankees faithful to boo him, and Mattingly said the 2017 National League MVP's terrific track record isn't enough to save him, per Kuty. "He's a guy who is a tremendous leader for us, behind the plate, but also a guy offensively, you plug in and put him in the middle of your order".