Is Curtis Granderson the new Jason Bay?
By Steven Inman
Curtis Granderson is 0 for his last 19 and has badly struggled to simply put the ball in play during his brief tenure as a New York Met. Granderson is batting just .121 with a homer and only 5 RBI’s. Granderson leads the team in most base runners stranded and has been a major rally killer often for the offensively challenged Mets.
When Jason Bay first got to the Mets four years ago he was driving the ball and simply wasn’t able to hit the baseball out of Citi Field’s large dimensions. That really isn’t the case with Granderson who is having a lot of trouble simply putting the ball in play. Granderson is striking out in over 30% of his plate appearances.
Bay hit .259 with six homers and 47 RBI’s in his first season with the Mets.
The Mets have moved Granderson out of the cleanup spot into the two hole in the hope of getting him more fastballs ahead of David Wright. Granderson had most of his success with the Yankees out of the two hole. The Mets don’t really have a cleanup hitter as Granderson is better off hitting sixth or so.
Granderson is learning a new position and a new league for the first time so it would be unfair to call him the next Bay already. Bay actually got off to a better start as a Met than Granderson has through his first 19 games. The Mets need Granderson to drive in runs or the Mets offense will be even worse than it was last year.
It’s amazing that half the Mets lineup including Granderson is hitting under .200 yet the team has stayed afloat early on at 10-9.
Granderson is on the first year of a 4-year $60 million deal.
Granderson is a very streaky hitter so hopefully he is just getting his first big cold streak out of the way early on.
Are you worried about Curtis Granderson???