To say Giancarlo Stanton is having a breakout season isn’t exactly fair. He already has two 30+ homer seasons under his belt prior to this year. To say that he is becoming the most prolific power hitter in the game at the age of 24 is completely fair though.
Stanton hit his major league leading 32nd home run on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks on a three runs shot in the first inning. He also added another RBI, his fourth of the day, in the seventh inning to give the Marlins a 8-1 lead.
This was also Stanton’s 88th RBI, which leads the National League. It is also a new career high for Stanton. He drove in 87 during the 2011 season in 150 games.
This year, he has racked up 88 in 124 games. The Marlins still have 36 games remaining on the season.
That puts Stanton in line to possibly break the franchise record in both home runs and RBI.
The franchise home run record is 42, set by Gary Sheffield in 1996. Stanton is ten away from him, and the way he is hitting now, that is not out of reach.
The franchise RBI record could be a little more tricky. Preston Wilson drove in 121 runs for the 2000 Marlins, meaning Stanton needs 33 RBI in 36 games to tie the mark. Since he will most likely get at least one day off down the stretch, he would likely need to average an RBI a game to pull it off.
An RBI per game is not out of the question, but it is above his output so far for the season.
Then again, he is only 24, and the Marlins are getting better. These records will be his before long even if it doesn’t happen this season.