Curtis Granderson Showed Us The Bronx

granderson post  Paul J. Bereswill

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)

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  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Almost above the Mendoza line for the season 😉

  • RyanF55

    I really hope he gets it going. Good person, good ballplayer. Has handled his struggles well this season. I hope he continues to hit…we certainly need him to. His BA, as bad as it is, has gone up 53 points in May. Hopefully that trend continues.

  • ed charles

    I think the point is that he has gotten it going. April will never let his average look good. I will take May though every time. He’s a player

  • CJM

    I wonder when the last time all 3 Mets outfielders hit a home run in the same game was.

  • NYM86

    He still needs to be moved to LF.

  • $14435385

    For the life of me, I don’t understand why Terry doesn’t see this. Chris Young has a far better and more accurate arm, and their range is comparable.

  • BigAl831

    Yeah this is driving me crazy too. No reason not to.

  • $14435385

    He’s looked much better in recent weeks, but he’s still pulling every single ball he hits, and his stance is still much more open than when he was most successful. Would love to see him move in 8 or 10 inches and stride forward (rather than into the bucket) so he can have at least some chance at pitches on the outer half. It might mean he has to be more selective in swinging for the fences, but that’s OK –  you need to keep pitchers honest…

  • I didn’t even realize that. Wow, I cant remember when the last time was. Maybe it will be in today’s Pre-Game email and I’ll add to our Game Preview.

  • MattHarvey’sEgo

    Nearly 10 years…per ESPN

    The Mets tied a team record (done five previous times) by hitting a home
    run in four consecutive innings on Monday and they had home runs from
    three outfielders (Curtis Granderson and the Youngs, Eric and Chris) for the first time since August 6, 2004, when Cliff Floyd, Mike Cameron and Richard Hidalgo all hit long balls.

  • CJM

    Thanks!

  • tacknaf

    Hidalgo… lol

  • KennyandtheMets

    It is because EY has a very weak arm. Until they decide to go with Granderson, CY, and Lagares every day, they need to leave LF available for EY. As soonas I saw Grandy in RF during ST, I knew that EY’s poor arm was the reason.

  • CJM

    Regarding his stance, I don’t think your comment is accurate, regardless of what you consider to be his peak in success. His stance is actually more closed than it was with the Tigers, and basically the same as it was with the Yankees. Here are 3 clips. The first one is from ’08 with the Tigers (probably his most successful year), the second from ’12 with the Yankees, and the third from last night. His stance is pretty much the same as it was in ’12, except he rests the bat on his shoulder in the ’12 video, whereas I don’t believe he ever rests the bat on his shoulder anymore.

    http://m.mlb.com/video/v3517796/grandersons-homer-cuts-the-indians-lead-to-one/?query=curtis+granderson+tigers

    http://m.mlb.com/video/v25395435/balnyy-gm5-grandys-home-run-opens-up-30-lead/?query=curtis+granderson+yankees

    http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/70089766/v32816987/nymnyy-granderson-ties-the-game-with-tworun-shot/?query=curtis%2Bgranderson

  • seldomused

    ha, that was my reaction to that name too.

    Side note, I miss Cliff Floyd. I still loved how he tortured David Wright as a rookie, slipping ethnic adult magazines into the pockets of his suitcase so it would be noticed by airline security.

  • ed charles

    I think the reason not to is that that’s the position he’s most comfortable with. At this point of his offense, I would advocate leaving him alone. He’s really not a defensive liability, he’s learning a new stadium and an entirely new league. Sit tight.

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    Hey CJM,

    I am at work so I cannot view these videos, but I do recall him resting the bat on his shoulder last time. I remember this bc I was wondering if its something new or just because the pitcher was taking awhile to get set. This was in the ninth when he struck out.

  • Taskmaster4450

    I dont know if CY’s arm is far better.

    Since his shoulder injury, he lost a lot on his throws.

    I would say at this point they are about even.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Good to see Grandy starting to put it together.

    Some have to realize Grandy is what he is. He is going to strikeout a lot…that isnt going to change. He is also going to be a predominant pull hitter. I, too, would like to see him to go left center once in a while but it most likely wont happen.

    The biggest thing that he brings to the team is how he carried himself when mired in the horrible slump. Never did he complain, at least publicly, and he went out and played hard each day. At the same time, he did do things to try and help the team win.

  • Matlack

    Didn’t think of it that way, but good point, Kenny.

  • $14435385

    I get that, but I feel like Granderson can switch pretty easily…but I could be underestimating how difficult that is.

  • oleosmirf

    Jason Bay never complained and tried really hard too. He just saw his skills depreciate to the point where he couldn’t play anymore.

    If Granderson has faded and is now a .230 hitter with 20-25 HR in year 1 with mediocre defense and speed, I can’t imagine what he’ll be like in years 2-4…

  • AJ NISBETT

    I believe it was in august of 04

  • AJ NISBETT

    Dam ur good

  • AJ NISBETT

    Lol I didn’t kno he did that I just thought he made him care his bags

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    Is anyone here familiar with Jeff McNeil? Can anyone tell me anything about this guy? Seems to be doing really well his first two years in pro ball.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Ah yes the Jason Bay comparisons. You realize they are foolish are at the Generation K comparisons. So every Met pitcher is destined to fail because of Generation K? Same with FA…everyone is another Jason Bay.

    If Grandy hits 20-25 HRs and drives in between 75-80 runs in year one of the contract, that will be more than Bay gave the Mets in any one of this 3 seasons in Flushing….a lot more. In fact a 25 HR season from Grandy tops Bays output in that area for all three years.

    Believe it or not, it is hard to be as bad as Bay was for the Mets.

  • $14435385

    Interesting – I have a couple of videos and a still that show him more closed on my other laptop…I’ll try to dig them up. But I’d say the second clip here he’s more closed than he is now, if you look closely…interestingly, in the Detroit he was probably even more open than now…it appears he has varied his approach a bit…we was also more closed on that home run than he’s been recently, so that’s a good thing (in my book, at least).

  • Jimmy DeFazio

    I feel really dumb but can someone explain to me why it is ideal to have your better throwing outfield in right instead of left? is it because of throws from Right to 3B? and that LF only has to throw to shorter distances i.e. 2B 3B home?

  • Frank Francisco

    We’ve been getting the production we have needed from Granderson for a good amount of time actually. In the last 17 games (dating back to April 23) the Grandyman has hit .283/.368/.450 .818 OPS with a normal .313 BABIP meaning his production is warranted and not luck.

    Our standard lineup over the last 15 games:
    Juan Lagares: .286/.348/.405
    Murphy: .366/.438/.606
    Wright: .276/.316/.411
    Granderson: .281/.359/.456
    Duda: .244/.333/.356
    Chris Young: .246/.338/.491
    d’Arnaud: .238/.319/.405
    Tejada: .189/.333/.270

    Offensively, the Mets have actually been getting pretty good production from top to bottom in their lineup. Even Tejada is at least getting on base at a decent clip (granted he’s aided by hitting in the 8 hole)

    Our starting pitching has regressed (Mejia and Colon have both struggled significantly) however Mejia to the pen and Montero replacing him should improve our rotation.

    This tells us two things:
    1) Our bullpen is blowing a significant amount of games
    2) The Mets are getting pretty unlucky with their losses.

    Given the infusion of new blood into our bullpen and starting rotation, I think our RP and SP will both improve and stop blowing so many games. The law of averages says our luck should improve soon too. I think the Mets are due for a hot stretch and perhaps the last two games are the start of it.

    LGM.

    Edit: The Mets have played in some hitter friendly ballparks which explains at least partially why the Mets are doing so well offensively of late, but production is production nonetheless.

  • oleosmirf

    I think it’s a reasonable comparison. Bay had a .750 OPS his first year as a Met, which is probably along the lines of what Granderson will give the Mets this season.

    Sure Granderson will hit for more power, but why is it such a stretch that he’ll do so with a .230 BA and a .320 OBP?

    .230/.320/.430/.750 with 22 HR and 75 RBI in Year 1 is a pretty realistic line if you ask me.

  • Frank Francisco

    Players are never as bad as they are in cold stretches and they are never as good as they are in hot stretches. Somewhere in the middle is where Granderson will lie.

    Expecting Granderson to hit more than 20-25 HR given most games played in citi field is unrealistic. Instead we have to look at his SLG (doubles power).

    Grandersons first 19 games: .116/.225/.217
    Grandersons since then: .281/.359/.456

    There is still plenty of time to turn it around and It isn’t unreasonable to expect Granderson’s final numbers to be somewhere around .250/.320/.450 with 20-25 HR’s and a bunch of doubles.

    Let this season play out at least for another two months before we start worrying about the next 3 years.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Better than playing in hitters parks and not producing.

  • oleosmirf

    I think expecting Granderson to hit .250 is quite unrealistic at this point. He’s done that once since 2008 and that was in Yankee stadium in a deep lineup in 2010.

    He’s not going to be as bad as he was in April obviously, but its a significant concern going forward regardless.

  • goorru

    Yes

  • RyanF55

    Things have certainly been improving offensively

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    Hopefully with Wilmer that production from SS increases at least a bit also. What remains to be seen is how TC is going to manage this outfield.

  • Frank Francisco

    Granderson was a completely different type of hitter in Bankee Stadium. He chose to sell out consistent contact for home runs which worked very well in that joke of a ballpark. If he returns to the approach he had while in Detroit (which, after an adjustment period, he HAS done pretty well in his last 15 games) it’s very reasonable that he can hit .250 considering his BA in detroit was .270.

  • Frank Francisco

    I don’t really understand why TC doesn’t just employ a standard three man rotation with Lagares, EYJ, and CY in the last two positions in the OF. It would get them all more than enough playing time (~110 games each with PH roles in the other games) and you can pick and choose who plays when depending on their strengths and weaknesses.

    I think a 4 man-3position rotation is actually ideal, (121 games each) but money talks so Granderson won’t sit.

  • jason bay

    The Mets are 5th in the NL in runs scored per game at 4.08 (league average is 4.01) and ahead of Chi, Mil, Pitts, Wash, Philly, Ariz, Cinn, St. L, Atlanta and SD.

  • Taskmaster4450

    It seems the adjustment period is taking longer than expected because I see his approach in Citi very similar to that in Yankee Stadium. He is a dead pull hitter intent on getting the bat head out in front to generate the power which also means he commits early on the breaking stuff.

    Also, I really dont see any effort to go to LF at least once in a while. Even Duda started to do that a bit.

  • Lotus1209

    Which speaks to how awful offenses have been throughout the league.. But that number is pretty skewed in my opinion considering the mets have had games where they scored a lot of runs but no runs the next few games.

  • Taskmaster4450

    ESPN is reporting that it is confirmed that Fernandez has a torn UCL and needs surgery.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10926741/miami-marlins-pitcher-jose-fernandez-torn-ulnar-collateral-ligament-surgery-recommended

  • IndianaMet

    Too much thought on TCs part. I like it.

  • Taskmaster4450

    You can say that about a lot of teams.

  • MikeBedlam

    Poor kid. Was a blast to watch.

  • BigAl831

    Bummer. Wish him a speedy recovery and can’t wait to see he and Harvey face off and come back strong as ever.

  • BigAl831

    Last night’s game was one of the most exciting games we’ve had in a long, long time.

    I said that the comeback win against the Phils was going to change the course of our seeing. Looks like our team is coming to life. Now we see Montero and DeGrom get the call and we’re not going to look back.

    LGM

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Unbelievable. His stats up to this point are almost EXACTLY the same as Harvey’s.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    I still like the Granderson signing and think he’ll be fine. I probably won’t feel that way in the third and fourth years, but hopefully they’ll be in a better financial state and it won’t matter.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    They’re also toward the bottom of the league in batting average on “hard hit” balls, meaning they got robbed a lot. Some of those balls start to find grass and it could be fun to watch.

  • Taskmaster4450

    This is leading me to believe that guys like Niese and Gee have a great deal more value than most think. It is mostly the power guys blowing out their arms. A guy like Gee might be able to make 30 starts year in and year out without a problem (I know he has the situation a couple years ago but that is a rarity).

  • Taskmaster4450

    Like Duda’s shot to the LF gap yesterday….oh wait, that found Ellsbury’s glove.

    Just part of the game…look at what Lagares does to opponents batting averages.

  • Taskmaster4450

    I agree. I think it was a good signing and one I was positive from at the start. I know he isnt going to duplicate the numbers from Yankeeland but I do believe his production will be solid. Plus I like the leadership he brings to the table which is good for a team that appears to be getting younger.

    Now I wish I was wrong on my initial thoughts about Colon. Still time but I didnt like the signing of a 40 year old guy (dont really like the signing of guys over 35 to multiyear deals in this post steroid era.

  • RyanF55

    I was thinking the same – durability and effectiveness is a dying find these days. Niese and Gee have been tremendous and don’t have arm motions/delivery that scare you with injury. The best value in Gee/Niese may be holding on to them rather than trading them for a bat.

  • jason bay

    That is true Lotus but the same can be said of all teams in the league, possibly not to the same extent but within a reasonable parameter.

    Colorado for example (1st in the NL at 5.75) has scored 3 or less 15 times (out of 40) and 8 or more 15 times as well.

    Miami (2nd in the league at 4.44) has scored 3 or less 18 (out of 39) times and 8 or more 7 times)

    Mets 3 or less 14 times (out of 37) and 8 or more 3 times so if anything it is the other teams whose big swings in runs scored are more skewed and is driving up their averages.

  • RyanF55

    Cameron also had 4 HRs in a game with Seattle. I always liked Mike.

  • RyanF55

    I love Cliff

  • RyanF55

    Exactly.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Well I base this on Darling’s (and other’s) theory that these guys are just testing the human limit of what an arm can take. It cannot throw pitches that hard for that long a period of time without something breaking down. Darling mentioned other than a guy like Ryan, most power guys toned it back to the lower 90s and reached back when they needed to. Now these guys are throwing 90 mph sliders.

  • CJM

    Normal regression is part of the game too. It’s a pretty fair assumption to say that if they continue to hit balls hard, their batting average on those had hit balls will trend upwards.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    I also think Colon will be fine, but I realize I’m in the minority.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    But then you look at a guy like Kershaw and he hasn’t had any major injury issues. He’s been around for years already.

  • RyanF55

    The slider is such a devastating pitch on the arm. The torque on the elbow is just brutal. I’d be interested to see the percentage of TJ surgeries that includes pitchers who throw sliders regularly.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Yes you are although thinking Grandy will be fine doesnt put you in the majority (which seems to be that every Met signing/prospect sucks).

    I base my decision on the fact that I dont like the older players, as SP and everyday players, post steroid. I believe many GMs handed out contracts this off season which are going to bite them. I really had no problem with Alderson letting Hawkins walk and his logic behind it. What I dont get is he turned around and signed an older guy to a longer term contract.

    Nevertheless, I realize Colon is going to be in the rotation and hope he finds his mojo again.

  • RyanF55

    I think come September we’ll be happy with his season. As for the end of the 3rd and 4th years, I predict a dropoff in production. If we can get 3 productive years from him, I’ll be more than happy.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Alderson put a no no-trade clause in Grandy’s contract. That is an interesting move. It is not unrealistic to think that Grandy might not be here for years 3 and 4 depending upon how some of the farm hands develop.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    Don’t forget Thor should Colon flounder some more. From there, all we need is a couple of big boppers to put it all together.

  • RyanF55

    I read that wrong at first with the NO no-trade haha….Sandy having the ability to trade him could be big, if he’s producing at a clip in his 2nd season that’s attractive to potential contenders. You’re right though, depending on how the farm develops, his services may only be a couple years here.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Except he just spend a month on the DL with his back. Could it be the start of a trend? We shall see.

    For the Dodgers sake, for $200M+, he best stay healthy.

  • BigAl831

    Honestly don’t even think we need a couple. Maybe just 1. Our offense has been improving and with this pitching, we really seem to be in every single game. Now with an improved bullpen, some more offense at short, who knows what can happen?

  • Andrew Herbst

    I think Grandy will come around and start to hit like we expected.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Colon doesn’t rely on power or tricks. He’s all location. And that’s not something you lose as you get older. It’s why I didn’t mind the signing in the first place. I think he’ll get his location and go on a nice run of starts.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Well, back. Not elbow.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    I want a couple more so we’ll have a force around Wright and a force at the heart of the order. I have my eye on Matt Kemp right now. I’ve always been a huge Kemp fan for as long as he’s been in the league, and his presence at cleanup would mean so much for this team. I realize he has the huge contract, but should LA eat a portion of the remainder of his contract (not to mention get another team so we won’t significantly kill the farm again), it’s possible. Goldschmidt is another one that could be in trade rumors for the right price.

    We can easily have an improved pen if we had a competent manager who knew who has what role. Collins makes a mess & then throws caca on the wall and sees what sticks….just to use that guy over & over & over & over again.

    Flores is my guy at SS going forward with Tejada as a backup MI.

  • jason bay

    I’ve seen McNeil (12th round 2013 out of Cal St. Long Beach which is a dynamite program) a couple times and really like him.

    He is a college bat playing in the Sally his second year of pro ball but he has fluid movements at 2B, accurate arm, good eye and a sweet line drive swing from the left side. This year he’s been playing 3B and to my untrained eye projects to be a lankier, more athletic Daniel Murphy if he makes it to the Majors.

    He should definitely be on the radar of Met Fans and will hopefully be promoted to A+ in a month with TJ Rivera moving to AA and Aderlain Rodriguez possibly sliding from 3B to 1B or he and McNeil sharing 3B and DH

  • TPT

    he also signed two older guys in Farnsworth and Valverde to do what Hawkins did and neither does it as well and actually cost the Mets more than Hawkins would of

  • TPT

    lets hope so Ryan id hate to see a drop off if he winds up .220 18 hrs and 70 rbis this year

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    Numbers sure look impressive, especially since he already has more extra base hits than last year in half the games. Also got speed with 7 sb to 2 cs. Seems like a potential mid tier prospect no?

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    hopefully another name to add to Dilson Gavin and Rosario for middle infield.

  • The good news is that he was so awful in April, that it was bound to improve. He’s been great in May; we will all be fine for even slightly below what he’s done so far…the solid but good production. April was scary though, especially with three more seasons to go.

  • rubagreta

    Yankee Stadium is a big joke. At least at Coors field they can’t help it because of the high altitude. Yankee Stadium was specifically designed to allow little fly balls like the one TDA hit to become home runs.

  • Russ

    Interesting stat:
    Since his 0-22 slide towards the end of April at which point he was batting .116/.225/.217 he has hit more of what was expected. .283/.368/.450 with 3 HR, and 11 rbi in 17 games. That is what, the majority expected. Higher batting average, lower slugging and driving in runs. That is a 29 HR and 105 RBI pace. His K rate has even gone down to 1k for every 4 AB(1:3.1 last year). His road and home splits are starting to widen which could be a concern hopefully he averages the splits up.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Thanks.

  • KennyandtheMets

    I don’t think it is that easy.