Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts in Sundays 8-7 loss by the New York Yankees to the Baltimore Orioles, prompting even more boos from Yankee fans who are quickly tiring of the sluggers poor start.

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Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, continuing a historically poor start for the reigning NL MVP. (Image: Kathy Willens/AP)

Although the season is only 10 games old, Stanton has already accomplished a major league first. He is the first player in the live ball era (since 1920) to have two five strikeout games without a hit in the same season. Stantons fifth strikeout came in the bottom of the 12th inning, ending the extra inning loss.

Strikeouts Mounting for Stanton

While Stanton has three homers so far this season, thats about the only good thing that can be said about his first 10 games as a Yankee. The outfielder has struck out 20 times in 48 plate appearances, and is hitting just .167 so far. Thats not what New York fans thought they would be getting when they signed last years NL MVP, as Stanton hit .281 with 59 home runs and 132 RBI for the Miami Marlins last season.

Youve just got to look at it as a bad week, Stanton said after the game. The seasons much longer than a week. A couple good gamesI can turn it around and help us win.

Whether talking about players like Stanton who cant seem to get out of their way, or those off to incredible starts like the Angels Shohei Ohtani, theres a tendency from fans to overreact to small sample sizes. But the Yankees might not want to put too much stock into Stantons slow start. For instance, they can just look at last year, when he was batting just .226 in his first 14 games before he turned things around to put together one of the best offensive seasons in recent memory.

Teammate and fellow power bat Aaron Judge agreed, saying that it would only be a matter of time before everyone forgot about Stantons early struggles.

Were going to look back on this in August and laugh about it, Judge said after Sundays loss. Its just all about us and making adjustments like I know he will. Hes done it his whole career.

Yankees Still Have High Expectations

Stantons poor performance has been part of a mediocre opening couple of weeks for the Yankees, who entered the year as the favorite to win the AL East. At the moment, they stand at 5-5, 3.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox (8-1). While its far too early to worry about such a small deficit, Bostons advantage could grow this week, as they host the Yankees for a three game series starting on Tuesday.

Bookmakers are one group that wont overact to a slightly slower than expected start for the Yankees. While some books have marginally lengthened their odds on New York, Ladbrokes still has the Bronx Bombers as an 11/2 choice to win the World Series, just behind the favored Houston Astros (5/1). The Yankees also remain an even money choice to win the AL East, just ahead of the Red Sox (23/20).

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