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Curtis Granderson goes crazy as the Yankees extend their lead

Sep 21, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

I gave the Yankees-Rays game short shrift in the recaps this morning because (a) I was preoccupied with the Steinbrenner monument; and (b) it wasn’t exactly a drama-filled game.

But one guy definitely deserves more props, and that’s Curtis Granderson. He hit two homers,
walked twice, drove in five and stole a base. Granderson has four homers and 11 RBI in his last five games, and has a seven-game hitting streak.

On the season — one which many have thought to be disappointing — Granderson is at .249/.326/.464.  In 2009 he hit a damn nigh identical .249/.327/.453.  So, while some projected him to go crazy with that short rightfield porch in Yankee Stadium,  Granderson basically is who we thought he was.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 21, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Granderson very scary showing he may be another Mr. September, just like Ryan Howard. The prospect of him hitting in both Yanker Stadium and CBP in the World Series is pretty scary. I can’t wait for Wednesday, October 27.

  2. Kevin S. - Sep 21, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    Granderson’s basically been a four-win player despite missing a month and continuing to suck ass against lefties – I think that exceeds expectations.
    Also out-fWARing Austin Jackson, haters.

  3. Detroit Michael - Sep 21, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Before the 2010 season began, didn’t we think that Granderson was better than what he showed in 2009? I mean if he matched what seemed to be an off year despite moving to a park that is kind to home run hitters and being platooned more consistently, isn’t that a mildly disappointing year?

  4. BC - Sep 21, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    He’s actually not doing as bad against lefties as you’d think. You’d figure he’d be hitting like .180 or something. Last I checked he was at something like .245 versus LHP.
    Him hitting against LHP is like a vacuum cleaner – it’s not a question whether you suck, it’s just the DEGREE to which you suck. And he for once hasn’t been totally useless.

  5. Kevin S. - Sep 21, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    He’s wRC+ing 80 against ‘em this year – that’s a good deal of suck. I mean, you live with it because he’s back to being a plus defensive outfielder (according to UZR, anyway), but it’s definitely a handicap offensively.

  6. Kevin S. - Sep 21, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    2009: 28% of total PA against LHP
    2010: 32.6% of total PA against LHP
    He hasn’t been platooned more consistently. Also, his home HR/FB% has gone up from 9% to 17%. The home runs haven’t jumped because his HR/FB% on the road has gone down and because a relative paucity of PA (gonna finish with 200 fewer than last year).

  7. YANKEES1996 - Sep 21, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    He has struggled at times this year and his numbers are not that great and it is not October yet. I was not a fan of the trade that brought him to the Bronx, but as to his performance last night I say to him Damn fine job Curtis!

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