MMO Fan Shot: How Granderson’s Power Plays In Citi Field

An article by posted on December 7, 2013

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Hey Joe D…

I just checked out the ESPN Home Run Tracker and wanted to share images of Curtis Granderson’s home run spray charts for 2011 and 2012 and also share some additional four-year data for our new corner outfielder. I could’ve probably gone back further, but I thought four years were more than enough to get a good sampling of how Granderson’s home run power would play at Citi Field. Here is what I found:

  • In the four years ranging from 2010 to 2013, Granderson has hit 115 Home Runs.
  • Of his 115 homers, by my count, 98 of them were pulled.
  • Twenty percent or 23 of his 115 homers were “just enough”. Defined as the “ball cleared the fence by less than 10 vertical feet, OR that it landed less than one fence height past the fence.” These are the home runs that barely made it over the fence.
  • A healthy 36 of the 115 (31%) were “no doubters”. Defined as the ball “cleared the fence by at least 20 vertical feet AND landed at least 50 feet past the fence”. These are the really deep blasts.
  • The remaining 56 or nearly 49% were of the “plenty” variety. Which is everything else.

Additionally, and more importantly, these two notes…

  • Of the 17 non-pulled home runs, only one would have not been out of Citi Field. That’s 16 of 17 opposite field blasts that would have cleared the fences at Citi Field.
  • Finally, out of all those 115 total home runs, 103 would have been out of Citi Field. That’s 90 percent of them. It averages to three fewer home runs per season over his last four years.

Here are the scatter plots for his 2011-2012 homers with Citi Field overlaid.

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grandy 2012 hr citi

For the record, ESPN’s HitTrackerOnline.com was a lot of fun to check out. Hope you get a chance to look it over.

Keep up the great job with the site. Hopefully the offseason has just started, and not ended, for the Mets.

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