Stanton paces NL in slugging percentage
MIAMI — A couple of injuries hurt Giancarlo Stanton’s chances of becoming the National League home run champion. Still, the Marlins right fielder has earned an impressive distinction.
With the regular season completed, Stanton has emerged as the National League’s slugging percentage champion.
According to Elias, by MLB rule 10.22(a), Stanton’s .608 slugging percentage is regarded as the best in the NL.
Stanton is the first Marlin ever to pace the NL in slugging percentage. Finishing second is Ryan Braun’s .595.
Braun and Stanton are flipped in the home run race. The Brewers’ All-Star led the NL with 41 homers, and Stanton was second at 37.
In time, Stanton projects to pace the league in home runs. He reached his total in 123 games, while Braun played in 154 games.
Stanton added 30 doubles and one triple. Of his 130 hits, 68 were for extra bases.
Stanton missed substantial time due to injuries. He was hampered by a sore left knee in April, and on July 8, he underwent right knee surgery. The 22-year-old also sat out in September with a sore left intercostal muscle.
— Joe Frisaro