Stanton once again heating up in May

MIAMI — May appears to be Giancarlo Stanton’s month.

photos by Kelly Gavin of the Miami Marlins

For the second straight season, the Marlins right fielder has dramatically picked up his production in the second month of the season.

On Sunday, Stanton’s walk-off grand slam capped a six-run ninth inning and lifted the Marlins to an 8-4 win over the Mets at Marlins Park.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Stanton is the third Marlin to connect on a walk-off slam. Dan Uggla (June 11, 2008 vs. Philadelphia) and Bobby Bonilla (Sept. 16, 1997 vs. Colorado) were the others.

And at 22-years, 187 days, Stanton is the youngest player to hit a walk-off grand slam since Jeff Francoeur (22-years, 125 days) did it against the Nationals on May 13, 2006.

The 22-year-old slugger raised his average in May to .354 with four doubles, six home runs and 13 RBIs. His on-base percentage is .426 to go along with an .813 slugging percentage.

The hot May follows a sluggish April, where he hit .247 with one homer and nine RBIs.

In 2011, Stanton’s power also picked up in May, as he belted nine homers and drove in 20 runs in the month. The big increase in power came after he hit two homers and drove in nine runs in April a year ago.

Stanton’s surge ranks him among the top sluggers in the Majors in May. In fact, his six home runs are tied with Adam Dunn for the third most in the month.

Texas’ Josh Hamilton, of course, has been the talk of the game as he continues his amazing season.

In May, Hamilton has nine home runs and 19 RBIs. Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals has eight homers and 21 RBIs.

Stanton’s home run was estimated at 433 feet, which is the longest shot thus far at Marlins Park. The estimate is provided by the Marlins, who use charts to determine the distances.

Other tracking estimates may be different. But according to the Marlins’ charts, Stanton’s 433 foot blast is the new stadium standard.

MLB May HR leaders

Josh Hamilton 9

Carlos Beltran 8

Giancarlo Stanton 6

Adam Dunn 6

Jose Bautista 5

Allen Craig 5

J.J. Hardy 5

Joe Frisaro

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