After becoming only the second player in Marlins history to hit the 35-homer/100-RBI milestone, Giancarlo Stanton said it is much too soon to sit back and admire the accomplishment.
“Great group of numbers right there,” Stanton acknowledged of his home run and RBI figures. “But we have a month left, so no stopping.”
With a two-run homer in the third inning Tuesday, Stanton joined Gary Sheffield as the only 35-100 players in franchise history. Sheffield clubbed 42 homers while driving in 120 runs in 1996. The clout for Stanton gave him 35 homers and 101 RBI.
Stanton is proudest of his RBI total. It’s the first time he has reached triple figures.
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“It was something that was eating at me a little bit because I haven’t had the full opportunity to do so, haven’t had a full season,” Stanton said. “So I’m glad to get it.”
But Stanton said he will wait until after the season to examine his statistics.
“The personal stuff, I’ll worry about on Oct. 1,” he said. “I analyze everything at the end of the year, so see if one month is different from the rest, or against this team or this ballpark. But you worry about it in the offseason. If I didn’t prepare then, I’d worry about it now.”
Stanton’s numbers might be even better if he played anywhere but Marlins Park. He hit three balls to the warning track for outs in the first two games of the Mets series, balls that probably would have gone out in most other ballparks.
“Don’t remind me,” Stanton said, smiling. “I thought I lost my power a little bit.”
alvarez in flux
Henderson Alvarez’s status remains in flux as the Marlins wait to see how his oblique injury progressesses. Manager Mike Redmond said Alvarez must first throw a bullpen session no later than Thursday to see how the injury feels in order for the Marlins to allow him to start Sunday.
Redmond did not sound optimistic.
“I would say his start is questionable for Sunday,” Redmond said. “We’re all still hopeful he’s going to be able to pitch … but it’s an oblique. That’s a tough injury, especially for a pitcher.”
Whether Brad Penny receives another start after Tuesday’s rocky outing is another question.
“That’s definitely a question mark, too,” Redmond said.
“We do have some question marks, and some of it depends on what we do on Sunday as to who we go with [next] Tuesday. It’s September, right? Guys start getting banged up. It happens. It’s been a long year and a long grind, and we have a lot of our pitchers in uncharted territory as far as innings.”
• Even though injuries have limitedRafael Furcal
to only nine games over the past two seasons, the 36-year-old infielder said he’s not ready to call it quits — not yet.
Furcal, who underwent surgery last week to remove scar tissue from his injured left hamstring, said he plans to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic and try to hook on with a big-league team in the spring.
“My main thing is to try to get healthy,” Furcal said.
The Marlins signed Furcal last winter for $3.5 million to be their second baseman and leadoff hitter. But leg injuries kept him from playing in all but nine games.
“I feel like if I’m healthy, I can play,” he said.
“I don’t feel that old. My spirit is still there. It’s just disappointment. If I’m healthy, maybe I’ll get another shot. Maybe I’ll come back with this team if they invite me, or somebody else invites me to spring training. Who knows?”
Marlins RHPJarred Cosart
(3-1, 1.64 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves RHPAaron Harang
(10-9, 3.64), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
Marlins RHPNathan Eovaldi
(6-10, 4.19) vs. Braves LHPAlex Wood
(10-10, 2.92), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.