Marlins notebook

Giancarlo Stanton seeks power surge

 

cspencer@MiamiHerald.com

Coors Field can’t come soon enough for slumping Giancarlo Stanton, who is hoping the arid mountain air will cure his power dry spell when the Marlins play there this week.

“Colorado always gives you a little boost the way the ball flies,” he said.

Stanton is hitting .236 on the season and, with only 10 home runs, it’s extremely doubtful he’ll reach his home run total of last season: 37.

“It really hasn’t been there all year,” Stanton said of his swing. “I’m not getting it done.”

But Coors could be just what the doctor ordered for Stanton, who has homered in six of the seven games he has played at the Rockies’ home ballpark. Not only has Stanton hit the ball out with great frequency at Coors, but also he has hit some of his longest home runs there.

His 494-foot blast was the longest in the majors last season. Stanton also connected on two other tape-measure shots at Coors last season: a 465-foot blast that was the 13th-longest in the majors, and a 456-foot bomb.

This year, though, the player known for his booming power doesn’t have a home run that ranks in the top 95 hit so far in the majors in terms of distance. His longest home run this season: a 440-footer that ranks 98th in the majors.

Asked if he feels like he has hit the ball as hard as he has in the past, Stanton replied: “Not even close.”

“Feet [in distance] doesn’t matter,” Stanton said. “They haven’t come at all, let alone far.”

Because pitchers often give him little to hit, Stanton said he has had trouble finding a rhythm.

“It’s like I’m me for two days, and then I’m back to [lousy] for 10,” Stanton said. “Kind of how it’s been all year. It’s like, ‘Who’s going to show up today? Am I going to swing at the nonsense? Look at the stats. You’ll see more than one me.”

Spikes issue

Marlins manager Mike Redmond and the team trainer went to the mound to check on pitcher Henderson Alvarez during Sunday’s second inning.

The reason?

Alvarez said he was wearing new spikes, which were tight in the toe area and making him walk uncomfortably.

The shoe issue didn’t seem to impact his pitching, however, or his hitting.

Alvarez delivered seven scoreless innings and also singled in the third inning for his first big-league hit.

Coming up

•  Monday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (1-5, 4.70 ERA) at Colorado Rockies LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-3, 8.76), 8:40 p.m., Coors Field.

•  Tuesday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (5-5, 2.75) at Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin (9-4, 3.50), 8:40 p.m., Coors Field.

•  Scouting report: The Marlins are 83-81 all-time against the Rockies, who joined the majors the same year. But they have done poorly in Denver, where their record is 32-51.

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