Since returning from knee surgery on Aug. 7, Stanton has slugged a Major League-leading 15 home runs, begging the obvious question of how many he could have had with a full season. As is, he could still catch Braun in the remaining 19 games.
"It's uncontrollable, in my view," Stanton said of missing 25 games from July 8 through Aug. 5. "You can always look back and say I missed a month and all that, but what can you do, really?"
Despite his success with the long ball, Stanton is not exactly pleased with his performance on the current road trip. He homered in four of the first five games of the trip, but he's also struck out 12 times in 22 at-bats and has struggled with situational hitting.
"If I wasn't hitting home runs, then it would be brutal," Stanton said.
But his power numbers speak for themself.
"This kid, to me, is one of the more feared hitters in the game -- at least in the National League, he is," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Every time he comes to the plate, the pitcher thinks about it."