A Big Season From Granderson Will Be Crucial To Any Mets Success

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In this latest MMO Roundtable, I asked our writers to tell me which new Mets player would be most critical to the team’s success in 2014.

Gerry – The new Met that will prove most critical to the team’s 2014 success will likely be Granderson. Marlon Byrd‘s emergence as an offensive force behind David Wright gave the lineup whatever semblance it had of providing a consistent threat last year, and Grandy is due for a bounce back after his injury plagued 2013. I just hope they can get some people on base ahead of him.

Xtreem – Granderson. The Mets have the pitching. Colon doesn’t really need to be an ace so long he’s at least solid. It would be nice, but I digress. Granderson needs to regain his form and form a real dangerous 1-2 punch with Wright. They need to score runs.

Stephanie – Granderson has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Being that this is the first year in his deal, it is crucial that he does not come out of the gate slow. David Wright finally has worthy protection in the lineup and he cannot afford for Granderson to slack, especially if he has a season like last year. Grandy has the potential to have a career year in terms of doubles and triples; his home run count will presumably go down as these go up. Not just on the offensive side, but his position in the outfield is important for obvious reasons: the outfield is the Mets’ weak point, especially the corner spots. With Byrd gone and all other corner outfield options essentially being bench players, Grandy has huge shoes to fill.

Peter A. – In my opinion, Chris Young. If he can return to his 2010 form or something remotely close, it would be a huge boost to this offense and give them a formidable 3-4-5 combo in Wright, Granderson, and Young. It’s not out of the question as he’s just 30 years old. He worked with Rod Carew over the winter in order to become a more complete/consistent hitter and claims to thrive under the spotlight. Maybe he just needs a change of scenery. Maybe not. We’ll just have to see. One thing is for sure though, he has looked mighty good this spring.

Roger – I think the most critical new addition is Curtis Granderson. We still have a bad taste in our collective mouths from the Jason Bay signing and we need a big signing to actually perform like a big signing. Grandy offers protection to David Wright and a big threat that can hit one out, even in Citi Field. Yes, he will strike out a ton, but even when he’s hitting .240 and striking out, he’s not going to walk back to the dugout with that hound dog look on his face that tells the opposition that they’re in his head. He also has a winning pedigree that can hopefully rub off on the rest of the squad.

Andrew D. – Curtis Granderson. The range of possible outcomes is extra wide for him. He could hit 40 homers, or he could hit 15. He could hit .260, or he could hit .210. He could continue playing nimble defense, or he could turn into an aging, slow liability. He could return to his traditionally healthy and dependable ways and prove those two HBP last year were a fluke, or he could get hurt again. And unlike our other big acquisition – Bartolo Colon – we have no other options to replace him if he gets hurt or sucks. The last power hitting outfield acquisition the Mets tried to acquire through free agency didn’t go so well, so hopefully Granderson can buck the trend and carry an otherwise uninspiring Mets lineup this year.

Dylan – Curtis Granderson will be most vital for not only Met success this season, but in the coming seasons. He will be the Carlos Delgado to Wright’s Carlos Beltran. He will provide what the Mets have longed for in a pure cleanup hitter. With 30+ homers from Granderson this season, who knows where the Mets will wind up.

David – Curtis Granderson – he is coming from an organization that puts everything into winning and has proven that, so with what he experienced in the Bronx, that sort of leadership will be key and will tremendously help Wright not only in the clubhouse but also on the field. If, and I am very optimistic that he will, but if he puts up good numbers and gives Wright the protection he needs in the line up, Wright can will finally have a year that he can focus on not doing it all by himself.

Dexx – I actually think Chris Young is the most crucial to the Mets success in 2014.  If he repeats his 2010 or 2011 season, then we have the steal of the free agent class, and a well above average OF with the glove that can hit in the middle of the lineup, and steal 20+ bases.  If he is the Chris Young of 2013, and most of 2012, then we have a 4th OF that we wasted $8 million on.

Corey – Curtis Granderson. Grandy brings a legitimate presence to the Mets lineup and clubhouse that will be extremely valuable over 160 games this season. Equally important to his production will be the impact that he provides batting after David Wright. Granderson is the first legitimate threat behind Wright since Carlos Delgado and should help Wright get back into the MVP discussion.

This was pretty much what I expected as all one needs do is to simply follow the money. The Mets are banking a lot of money on Granderson and they’ll need to see him hit the ground running.

Kevin Kernan of the NY Post recently wrote that in a spring training where much has gone wrong for the Mets, Granderson has done everything right and that he has been one of the biggest positives of the spring.

“With the Yankees, Granderson was another cog in the machine. With the Mets, he’s out front, leading the way. None of this is an act — Granderson truly believes. David Wright is not alone anymore as a positive force.”

This is one of the things the Mets needed from Granderson in addition to his potent bat. I’ve been impressed with his demeanor and the way he handles himself not only on the field, but also with the media which is just as important when you play in New York.

I’m looking forward to a big season from Curtis Granderson – and in fact 2-3 of them.

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  • shouldaswung

    Agreed. Granderson. A monster year would be GREAT (!!). However, I will be fine if he bats .265, with 20-25 HR, 85-90 RBI, 80-85 Runs, and has less than 140 strike outs.

    Chris Young? I guess dreams die hard, huh?

    Realistically, I would expect CY to bat .240 (TOPS), hit 15-20 HR (RH at Citi), drive in 60-70, score 65-75, and have more than 140 strike outs, IF he has a “bounce back” year, and IF it is a full year (trade option).

  • Joey D.

    Hi Joe D.,
    No doubt we are going to see great things from Curtis, however, I am concerned about how his going from the Yankee to the Met lineup is going to affect how he is pitched to and therefore his overall performance. The Mets do not exactly have a ARoid, Texeria, Cano, Jeter, Swisher or Posada to go along with his bat.

  • Nolrog

    I agree. Granderson having a big year will go a long way to the team’s success.

  • oleosmirf

    Granderson should give us a walk rate of 10% or higher and a SLG% of .400 or higher with 20+ HR, above average defense in LF or RF and I expect him to continue the Mets recent trend of good base-running.

    The question is what will his BA be? That ultimately will determine just how valuable he is. We’ll all gladly take .250 as that would make him a 4+ WAR player, but he could easily bat .220 like he has in the last two seasons and wont have the 35+ HR to make up for it like he did in the Bronx.

    At the end of the day, I expect something like .240/.325/.425/.750 25 HR 20 SB and above average defense while being a great influence in the clubhouse.

  • It’s funny how nobody mentions a 1st baseman or Tejada. I think we all kind of know what to expect. That being the case, why doesn’t the FO feel the same way? I’m in the Granderson camp.

  • Opti-Mets-tic

    I agree with the people that said Chris Young. The goal is to improve and win more games, and if Chris Young can replace Marlon Byrd from last year (and so far, it seems like he can), then Curtis Granderson is all gravy, and our outfield and lineup are both actually that much better.

  • Fast Eddie

    I consider the Granderson signing as really our ONLY positive news from this past off season. I liked the signing a lot. Granderson is not only a part of our present, but he will be here for the next few years when we finally turn the corner when our young pitching really blossoms. While Colon and Chris Young might have decent seasons for us, most likely neither will be here next year. Colon will be traded to a contending team at the deadline and Chris Young only has a one year deal. I’m looking forward to seeing Grandy play this year. He’s one of the few professionals we have and a good guy in general…

  • gasparsarm

    OK, what if Granderson has a medium season but Chris Young and D Arneau have great seasons.. What if Ike and Travis really break out, Young and Grandy go so so, and Murphy and Wright have career years. If you have to pick on guy yes, it’s granderson, but its almost never one guy, it’s combinations of guys where one persons weakness can be offset by other parts of the team. I like it when they say, we need 2 of Young Ike D’Arneau and one of…. That to me seems more realistic.

  • CyYout

    If there was a way to quantify clubhouse impact, I would take the over. He will make a nice tandem with David, but the actual production on this team has to come from the young guys. d’Arnaud, Lagares, and the young guns will have alot to say about where this group ends up. At least we have some upside this year with 80+ wins well within the realm of possibility.

  • shouldaswung

    Granderson bats LH. Bay bats RH. Big difference in the effect on each at Citi, for one. Secondly, I am not expecting Granderson to meet those numbers. I would be happy if he did though, and I think they are within his capabilities.

  • mad met

    With this sad a$$ line up every player is pivotal .. SS first base catcher are a joke. C young is a crap shoot at best . If they all play well this is a 500 at best

  • groverland

    I disagree with Granderson being the key because I almost look at Granderson as a given. He will do well. We need an unexpected source like Chris Young or Travis D’Arnoud to have a big year.

  • depressed Mets fan

    I think Grandy is going to be a disappointment, not Jason Bay levels of disappointment but he won’t deliver what most fans are expecting. Even if he does the rest of this lineup is pathetic.

  • Captain America

    Yankees don’t either Joey…

    Just jeter and Tex and they are shells of the players they once were

  • Keith’s stache

    Carlton Krinkle buying the Mets will be crucial to any Mets success. Anything else is irrelevant.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Captain,

    Was talking in past tense, obviously…..

    How thing’s been?

  • Captain America

    Rough few months personally so ready for opening day to pick me up

  • Joey D.

    Hi Captain,

    Sorry to hear that. You might have noticed my wife had been ill the past half year as well with her thyroid so I know what you mean. That’s why MMO is such a great diversion – it provides a bit of relief from the worry and stress – for my wife too!

    Hope things are on the upswing now.

  • Granderson landslide. But…you have to think that most Mets fans are actually expecting him to be a good player though, right?? At best, we’re at least expecting him to add what we lost in Byrd. So while he may be important, he’s not crucial to me…he’s expected to be good.

    Crucial to our success…and by success I mean legitimately playing “meaningful games in September”?? Isaac Benjamin Davis. Think about it this way, if Granderson is good, we’re maybe a .500 club and that’d be an ok year…sadly even mediocre is a step forward for us at this point. However, if Ike is good…that’s a successful year because then you’re seeing Wright-Granderson-Ike in the heart of your lineup…that’s how the year becomes a success to me. It is unforeseen and unexpected, but duly needed for any real success.