“He’s one of the most likable and affable athletes on the planet, but unfortunately that doesn’t make up for a .210 batting average and .313 OBP. The former Yankee was the Mets’ major free-agent splash this past offseason, and he was expected to be the guy who would finally protect Wright in the lineup… The Mets need 35-40 homers from Grandy, not 16. …His four-year, $60 million deal is slowly entering Jason Bay territory.”
Granderson was benched for the second time in four games on Wednesday and he’s quickly become the elephant in the corner of the clubhouse who can no longer be ignored.
He’s currently mired in a 1-for-26 (.038) slump and finished the month of August with a .147 average, going 16-for-109 with only two extra-base hits.
On the season he is batting just .214 with 16 homers and 49 RBI, causing one Mets front office official to say, “Remember, he was supposed to be our cleanup hitter…The guy has been invisible.”
Granderson is owed $47 million over the next three seasons, but manager Terry Collins remains hopeful, citing fatigue and an unfamiliarity with the National League as the primary issues.
“I know one thing, because of his demeanor he’s going to make adjustments he thinks he’s got to make to make sure next year is a better year. All I’m trying to do is make sure the next 3 ½ weeks are better.”
Granderson has already lost his spot as the cleanup hitter, and has now been booted from the leadoff spot.