Granderson Out of the Cleanup Spot and Batting Second

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MLB Opening Day at Citi Field

Update: Curtis Granderson has been moved out of the cleanup spot and is batting second today. 

During last night’s 7-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves, Curtis Granderson went 0-for-5, and left six runners on base. He is now hitting .140 with just four RBIs on the season.

The fans at Citi Field are getting antsy. They rained boos down on Granderson during his final three plate appearances, and it wasn’t just a few, the stadium was resonating. Many of them are now referring to Granderson as Bay 2.0. Curtis Bay, and Jason Granderson.

Granderson, who signed a four-year, $60 million deal this past winter, is trying to stay positive as he battles through a slump that has seen him strike out in a third of his at-bats.

“I’m going to stay focused, stay ready, stay aggressive and eventually things will turn.”

That big smile Granderson displayed whenever he came to the plate during the first two weeks of the season is now gone.

Collins met with Granderson before Saturday’s game. He told Collins he is not pressing, and he trusts that things will begin to turn around for him at the plate.

“He’s not squaring balls up,” Collins said.

Collins is now considering a shakeup that will move Granderson out of the cleanup spot.

This is getting a little scary. It’s still early, but that doesn’t lessen the concern.

The Mets knew there was some considerable risk handing that kind of a contract to someone who batted .232 with nearly 200 strikeouts in his last full season in 2012, and then batted .229 in an injury-plagued season in 2013.

The hope was that in exchange for the risk and the strikeouts, the team would get a ton of home runs in exchange. But that hasn’t happened yet.

Collins does need to make some sort of move here, at least a temporary one until Granderson starts becoming a threat at the plate again.

It might be time to move Lucas Duda into the cleanup spot.

mmo

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