Stanton, a 20-year-old slugger who was ranked as baseball's third-best prospect by MLB.com before the season, simply crushed the ball with Double-A Jacksonville, batting .311 with 21 home runs, 52 RBIs, along with a .441 on-base percentage and a .726 slugging percentage.
He's certainly created excitement in the Marlins' organization, but manager Fredi Gonzalez knows it will be part of his job to help keep realistic expectations for the 6-foot-5, 235-pound sensation.
"I'm happy for him. He did what we asked him to do, which was go down there to Double-A and dominate, and he did that," Gonzalez said. "Now I'm happy for the young man to come out and be part of this team and help us. Not to carry us. Not to be the Roy Hobbs, but to help us as a Major Leaguer."
The Marlins are also hoping Stanton can bring some firepower to the club, which enters on a three-game losing streak after being swept by the Mets.
"He might ignite a little intensity and a little fire in us," outfielder Cody Ross said. "We've been hearing a lot about him. You don't want to put too much pressure on him. You're not expecting him to come up here and do what he did down in Double-A for two months."
But for Tuesday's starting pitchers, even with all the hoopla surrounding Stanton, it will still be about the rhythm in baseball.
As Kyle Kendrick or Chris Volstad will be the first to tell you, whether it's keeping runners on base, or finding a quick, comfortable pace on the mound, timing can be everything.
When Volstad last faced the Phillies, the team he'll face Tuesday, he was victimized by the stolen base. That incident, in fact, prompted him to alter his mechanics in an attempt to get to the plate faster.
"A stolen base cost me a run the last time I faced them," Volstad said, explaining the impetus for his change. "With two outs, I walked [Chase] Utley. He stole second and [Ryan] Howard got a base hit. If I keep Utley at first, and Howard gets a hit, it's first and second. I got that last out. That stolen base cost me a run right there. They've got speed. They steal a lot of bases."
But Volstad thinks he's made the changes to make him more effective at keeping runners from stealing in those clutch situations. Chief among those changes is an effort to speed up his delivery to the plate.
"I'm working on a quicker delivery all the time," Volstad said of throwing from the stretch. "Just speeding it up. The main thing is concentrating to speed my arm up. I've been doing it in my [bullpen sessions] and my last couple of starts. Every once in a while, when I need to make a pitch, I'll forget and go back to my old ways. But we've been working on it."
But Volstad won't be the only pitcher focused on altering his speed to the plate on Tuesday. Kendrick, who has been working on adjustments to his pitching pace, will square off with Volstad.
After Kendrick was criticized by manager Charlie Manuel for his slow pace following his start against the Marlins, the young hurler developed a nice rhythm in his next start in Atlanta and saw good results. Kendrick pitched seven innings and allowed just one run, but took a no-decision.
Marlins: Moves make room for Stanton
The Marlins announced roster moves Sunday, as infielder Emilio Bonifacio and right-hander Rick VandenHurk were recalled from Triple-A New Orleans while outfielder Brett Carroll and reliever Tim Wood were optioned to Triple-A. Also, to clear a 40-man roster spot for Stanton, Mike Lamb, who had been the lefty bat off the bench, was designated for assignment. ... Volstad is looking for his first win since May 7, as he has lost his past four decisions. ... Jorge Cantu is tied for third in the National League with 43 RBIs.
Phillies: Manuel practicing patience with offense
It's starting to sound like a broken record, but the Phillies know they've got to find a way to wake up their slumbering offense if they're going to climb back into first place this season. The numbers don't lie: Before Saturday's six-run outburst, the Phillies hadn't scored more than five runs in a game since May 17. Still, no one is panicking yet. And the Phillies could be starting to come around, after putting up another crooked number on Sunday. "I've got patience," Manuel said. "I've been in this game a long time, I know what I've got to play a part in and what I don't. The biggest thing about it is as long as we play and play the game right, as long as we hustle, when the game gets sloppy that's what gets to me. I know our hitting is something that's going to come around because of who we have, they did it in the past and they still can do it." ... Utley and Raul Ibanez continue to struggle offensively. Utley is 3-for-23 with one RBI in six games in June, while Ibanez is 2-for-20. ... Manuel called Kendrick's previous start his best outing of the season. ... Placido Polanco ranks third in the NL with a .320 batting average. ... Howard is tied for fifth in the NL with 41 RBIs. ... Shane Victorino is third in the NL with 13 stolen bases.
Hanley Ramirez didn't get any hits out of the leadoff spot on Sunday after Gonzalez moved him up in hopes of getting the All-Star going. He did get on base three times, though, via walks. ... On Sunday, the Marlins were swept by the Mets for the first time since 2007.
Tue, 6/8 7:05 PM ET
Francisco treats Phils fans with late heroics
In a back-and-forth game, it was the Phillies who emerged victorious, topping the Marlins on Ben Francisco's go-ahead two-run single in the eighth. The loss spoiled heralded prospect Mike Stanton's 3-for-5 debut.
|Sanchez, G, 1B||5||2||2||1||0||1||3||.270|
|Ramirez, H, SS||5||1||2||2||0||2||4||.286|
|Ross, C, CF||3||1||0||0||2||0||2||.296|
|Paulino, R, C||5||1||2||1||0||1||4||.312|
|van den Hurk, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Francisco, B, RF||4||2||2||2||1||0||3||.255|
|Valdez, W, SS||5||0||1||2||0||0||4||.253|
|Kendrick, K, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.050|
2B: Paulino, R (9, Kendrick, K), Cantu (18, Durbin).
3B: Coghlan (2, Durbin), Helms (1, Contreras).
HR: Sanchez, G (5, 1st inning off Kendrick, K, 0 on, 1 out), Ramirez, H (9, 3rd inning off Kendrick, K, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Paulino, R 3; Helms 3; Cantu 2; Ramirez, H 5; Coghlan 4; Stanton 3; Sanchez, G 5.
RBI: Sanchez, G (22), Paulino, R (25), Ramirez, H 2 (31), Coghlan 2 (17), Cantu (44), Helms (5).
2-out RBI: Paulino, R.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Volstad; Ramirez, H; Ross, C 2; Sanchez, G; Paulino, R 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-13.
Team LOB: 9.
E: Ramirez, H (7, throw), Uggla (5, throw).
DP: 2 (Cantu-Uggla-Sanchez, G 2).
HR: Howard (10, 3rd inning off Volstad, 1 on, 2 out), Victorino (10, 4th inning off Volstad, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Howard 5; Victorino 4; Ibanez 4; Francisco, B 2; Polanco; Utley 2; Valdez, W.
RBI: Howard 2 (43), Ibanez 2 (24), Victorino (36), Valdez, W 2 (9), Utley (26), Francisco, B 2 (4).
2-out RBI: Howard 2; Ibanez; Victorino; Francisco, B 2; Valdez, W.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kendrick, K 2; Valdez, W; Gload; Ruiz.
GIDP: Francisco, B 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-12.
Team LOB: 10.
SB: Francisco, B (1, 2nd base off Volstad/Paulino, R).
E: Howard (7, fielding), Kendrick, K (3, throw).
|van den Hurk||1.0||0||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
|Hensley(H, 8)(L, 1-3)||0.1||0||2||2||1||1||0||2.32|
IBB: Ruiz (by Volstad).
HBP: Utley (by Hensley).
Pitches-strikes: Volstad 82-46, Sanches 11-6, Sosa 14-7, van den Hurk 15-10, Hensley 15-7, Tankersley 19-14, Kendrick, K 79-52, Durbin 36-23, Contreras 18-12, Lidge 31-18.
Groundouts-flyouts: Volstad 8-2, Sanches 1-2, Sosa 1-1, van den Hurk 0-1, Hensley 0-0, Tankersley 2-0, Kendrick, K 6-5, Durbin 3-1, Contreras 0-1, Lidge 0-0.
Batters faced: Volstad 24, Sanches 3, Sosa 5, van den Hurk 4, Hensley 3, Tankersley 5, Kendrick, K 24, Durbin 9, Contreras 5, Lidge 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Sanches 3-1, Tankersley 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Ted Barrett. 1B: Tony Randazzo. 2B: Brian Gorman. 3B: Paul Nauert.
Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 13 mph, In from LF.
Venue: Citizens Bank Park.
June 8, 2010
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media