Giancarlo Stanton’s power numbers are strong. But Stanton said he doesn’t feel he has played up to his usual high standards.
“I don’t feel like I’ve played as well as I can, or should have, so far,” Stanton said.
Stanton was third in the National League with 13 homers and second with 42 RBI entering Friday night’s action.
But he is hitting just .232, and his .828 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) is well below his career figure of .898.
Still, Stanton said it could be worse.
“I’m just happy I’ve been able to survive and get through certain situations and opportunities when I haven’t felt as great as I have before,” he said.
“For not feeling as comfortable as normal, I like how I’ve been able to survive.”
Stanton said he is fine physically but just hasn’t always felt comfortable at the plate.
“I’m not far off,” he said.
on the mend
The most compelling pitching matchup of the day Monday won’t be the one at Marlins Park when the Chicago Cubs arrive for a three-game series.
It will be up the road in Jupiter, where Jose Fernandez and Jarred Cosart go head-to-head in a split-squad extended spring game.
“It’s a big day,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said.
“It’s a step toward the right direction for both guys, and we’re glad to see that occur because they’ll be welcome additions up here.”
Cosart is working his way back from vertigo, while Fernandez is ramping it up a notch on his comeback from Tommy John surgery.
It will be the first outing for Fernandez in an actual game setting, and he will be restricted to 45 pitches.
The Marlins hope to have Fernandez back by the end of June.
▪ Michael Morse saw a hand specialist in South Florida on Thursday and was diagnosed with a strained ligament.
“Hopefully, he’ll be able to start swinging in a week, and then begin to rehab and come back,” Jennings said of the first baseman.
▪ The Marlins claimed right-handed reliever Chad Smith off waivers from the Angels on Friday and optioned him to Triple A New Orleans.
Smith, 25, has made 12 relief appearances in the majors, 10 last season with Detroit (5.40 ERA) and two this season with Oakland (five earned runs in 11/3 innings).
▪ Saturday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (3-3, 3.44 ERA) at New York Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.08), 4:10 p.m., Citi Field.
▪ Sunday: Marlins RHP David Phelps (2-2, 3.56) at Mets RHP Bartolo Colon (7-3, 4.82), 1:10 p.m., Citi Field.