New York Yankees starting left fielder, as well as biggest bat in the lineup, Giancarlo Stanton, may not be available in game 3 in the American League Championship Series Tonight against the Houston Astros. Stanton already missed game 2 after he strained his right quadriceps legging out an infield single in game 1 of the series.
Considering that the Yankees are facing off against one of the most dominant pitching staffs in MLB history, they are going to need him there and healthy swinging the bat.
The ALCS series, split at one a piece entering into game 3, includes what I’d consider to be the two best baseball teams in the MLB. With Yankees ace Luis Severino, and Astros ace, Gerrit Cole, both on the rubber tonight, I can’t imagine this being to much of an offensive game. Having the Yankees battle against Cole, without Stanton in the lineup creates a major gap and can allow Cole to settle down early up on the hill.
Stanton rolled into Yankees Stadium this morning and was able to move around a little on the field. Taking a light round of infield as well as throwing the ball around the diamond without putting to much on it. Stanton wanted to test the quad out to see if he can make any type of contribution to the Yanks lineup tonight.
Stanton noted today after moving around on the field that ever since he suffered the injury to his quad in game one, it hasn’t made much improvement since. With the quad not exactly healing at the pace Stanton and the Yankees would like, Stanton did provide some hope saying “It’s not the best, but I’m able to hit.” Not wanting to push a quick, uneasy recovery with a long journey ahead of them to the World Series, but It does provide some upside knowing that Stanton’s bat has not totally disappeared.
As Stanton waits on the bench to hear his name called tonight, Aaron Hicks will be the one taking his place making his first start since August 3rd. With Gerrit Cole (Potential CY Young Winner) on the mound, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Stanton try and make an early appearance in the batting order tonight to try and give his team the extra push they need after dropping game 2.