The Giancarlo Stanton Yankees era is off to a rough start.

The slugger went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in the Yankees’ 11-4 win over the Rays on April 3, and heard boos from the fans at Yankee Stadium (yes, he was booed by Yankees fans… in the home opener!).

Well, he heard the boos again on Sunday, when he struck out five times, again.  Stanton went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts and left nine men on base. And the final strikeout came on the final pitch of the game, when Orioles closer Brad Brach blew Stanton away with a fastball in the 12th inning of an 8-7 Baltimore win.

(That strikeout came after Aaron Judge hit into the incredibly rare 1-2-5 double play with the bases loaded and no outs.)

Strikeouts are generally overrated, but Stanton’s striking out at a 41.7% rate right now, which is an alarming number (even this early in the season). And it’s magnified when his overall numbers are poor as well: a .167/.271/.427 slash line.

Stanton was outstanding last season with the Marlins, cranking 59 homers and putting together a .281/.376/.631 slash line. His strikeout rate was also a career-best at just 23.6%. He didn’t even strike out four times in a game last season, and he’s already struck out five times twice this season.

He had never even struck out five times in a game before this season.

And he’s the first player in the live ball era to have two five-strikeout games with zero hits.

Better days are certainly ahead for Stanton and he’s going to hit a lot of dingers without question. But to be anything like the overall hitter he was last year, he’ll have to cut down quite a bit on the strikeouts.

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