Curtis Granderson showed Met fans the Bronx last night – and it was all good in the hood. The Mets right fielder looked right at home in Yankee Stadium, going 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs in the Mets’ 9-7 win.
This was where he enjoyed back-to-back 40-plus homer seasons, which was what appealed the most to Sandy Alderson when he decided to sign Granderson to a four-year, $60 million dollar contract over the Winter.
“It felt good. Anytime you get a chance to drive the baseball like that, it feels pretty good when you barrel it up,” said Granderson. Against a guy like Kuroda, who doesn’t give you too many pitches to hit, the fact that it was 3-0 was probably the only reason I got a pitch that was going to be around the zone that I could do something with.”
The Grandy Man started the season mired in a terrible slump. But since the calendar flipped from April to May, the Mets are starting to reap some dividends from their middle-of-the-order hitter.
Granderson, 33, is batting .317 in 11 games this month, with a .939 OPS. In 45 plate appearances during that span, he has clubbed three homers and driven in nine runs.
He still has a long way to go, but all signs are indicating that he’s back on track and all of his offensive numbers have begun to upwardly ascend.
(Photo credit: Paul J. Bereswill)