Marlins Lose Giancarlo Stanton to Broken Hand
Miami Marlins stud outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has been having a career season. Unfortunately for Marlins and baseball fans in general, it’s taking a brief hiatus.
Stanton has reportedly suffered a broken hamate bone in his left hand and will miss the next 4-6 weeks.
It’s a tough blow for a Miami Marlins offense that had just 277 total runs even with him at their disposal, and one that could cripple their offense until he returns. That’s bad news for Miami’s chances at turning around a rough start to the 2015 MLB season, as they sit just four games out of the bottom of the NL East division with a 30-45 record.
It’s been rough sledding all year for the Marlins, but fans could always hang their hat on the hard hitting Stanton to put on a show. While Stanton only bats an average .265 on the year, he’s been the most powerful (and most entertaining) masher on the year with an MLB-leading 27 home runs.
Stanton surely has competition in the home run-hitting field (Bryce Harper and Todd Frazier are right behind him with 24 a piece), but his torrid pace had him looking like a lock to end the year with the most homers in baseball.
So, what does this mean for the MLB betting world? It impacts sports betting in two huge ways. For one, an already weak Marlins club losing their best player is bad for business and it’s also going to make it more difficult than ever to bet on the Miami Marlins. Needless to say, sports bettors may want to refrain from picking Miami to win much, while they can safely bank on their home runs and general run total being lower until Stanton returns. And those crazy Marlins fans thinking about a random comeback and trip to the playoffs or World Series? Well, they better hope they didn’t already make that bet.
The Marlins are already over 11 games back out of first place in their division and at this point over-taking the likes of the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves and/or the New York Mets seems unlikely – if not flat-out impossible.
The other big question is if Stanton can return in time to still end the year with the home run lead. He was projected to be the king of homers heading into the season (7/1 odds), but if you made that bet it’s going to be awfully tough to feel good about him securing it with a month off from baseball.
Stanton should return sometime in late August, but the Marlins have to be off limits until then and anyone banking on Stanton stealing the home run crowd may want to scale back their bets, as well.
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