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Curtis Granderson ties and then overtakes career high in homers

Aug 10, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson AP

Curtis Granderson hit his 30th and 31st homers Wednesday to lead the Yankees to a 9-3 win over the Angels.

The second homer gave him a new career high with 47 games left to play.  He hit 30 homers in 160 games in his final year with the Tigers in 2009.

Granderson had already long blown past his career high for RBI.  He knocked in four more runs tonight, giving him 91 RBI for the season.  His previous high-water point was 74 in 2007.

Granderson, though, still has a ways to go in runs scored.  Even though he leads the majors with 104 runs scored — 20 more than Jacoby Ellsbury in second place — he’s 18 short of matching his high total of 122, also from 2007.

Besides new highs in homers, RBI and likely runs and OPS this season, Granderson could also set a personal best in steals.  He’s at 22 right now, leaving him four shy of his total from 2007.  He also needs 14 walks to match his high of 72 from 2009.

But tonight wasn’t all about Granderson: Robinson Cano missed the cycle by a single and rookie Ivan Nova improved to 7-0 in his last eight starts.  The Yankees also beat a pitcher making his major league debut for the first time in seven tries.  Granderson’s three-run homer off young Angels right-hander Garrett Richards set the tone in the first, and the Yankees ended up knocking him around for six runs in five innings.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    I am still waiting for the first “Granderson uses PEDs” article to come from one of the idiot reporters. They can’t wait to jump on a guy like Bautista whenever he hits a home run, but Granderson gets his career high with 47 games left and he is left alone. Wonder why?

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2011 at 1:22 AM

      His body has not changed, so it must be either flax seed oil, or a new batting stance, or a random event during his career.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 11, 2011 at 9:04 AM

        I didn’t think there were major changes to Bautista’s body either, yet the dopes don’t hesitate to write the stories about him. Just seems odd to me is all. I don’t necessarily think it is a NY thing because they kill A-Rod any chance they get. I have no idea what the reason is, I just know they haven’t written the story and they never let common sense get in the way of a good story.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2011 at 8:40 PM

        Its called he’s not hitting Camerica park anymore

    • Justin - Aug 11, 2011 at 1:25 AM

      Steroid accusations only go against non Yankee players (excluding Alex Rodriguez). It is one of those unwritten rules of baseball people are always talking about.

      • yournuts - Aug 11, 2011 at 1:42 AM

        He’s playing in Yankee Stadium that has a short right field fence. His swing is made for Yankee Stadium and he now has Kevin Long as his hitting coach. Justin, the one unwritten rule in baseball is that your ignorance is well above average. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with everyone.

      • yankeefanincolo - Aug 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM

        Ever heard of Roger Clemens and Jason Giambi?

    • uyf1950 - Aug 11, 2011 at 4:28 AM

      Chris, all you have to do is look at Granderson then and now and know he hasn’t relied on anything other then his raw talent.
      But, if someone is naturally suspicious of a players sudden power increase and has no other basis for that suspicion you might want check Jacoby Ellsbury’s HR numbers this season versus his career or any other individual season of his. There is no reason to single out a Yankees player. Just my opinion.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 11, 2011 at 7:12 AM

      He went from a park that was death to lefty pull power to one that is incredibly friendly toward it. People figured him for forty last year. Throw in that he’s no longer neutralized by lefties, and it isn’t that much of a surprise.

      And for the record, the accuasations against Joey Bats are just as ridiculous.

    • vintage1496 - Aug 11, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      I am still waiting for the first “I am still waiting for the first ‘Granderson uses PEDs” article to come from one of the idiot reporters” comment from a commenter on a baseball blog… oh wait, nevermind.

    • randall351 - Aug 11, 2011 at 11:17 AM

      I think it has a lot more to do with the short right field in Yankee Stadium than anything, I bet Jim Thome would hit about 60 home runs a year if he played for the Yankees.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2011 at 8:41 PM

      Why did Granderson go from a “role player” to Babe Ruth overnite like Bautista did? Yeah i didnt think so turd

  2. lampdwellr - Aug 11, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Only accusation I have against Bautista is that the Jays are stealing signs.

  3. jkay1818 - Aug 11, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Sure he is playing in a park friendly for lefties, but he has hit a bunch on the road, and, if you look at his homers to right at yankee stadium, 99% of those would be gone in any park. there is an increase in homers because he is hitting lefties this year and him and long have worked on a lot of his issues. he’s always had ridiculous talent and now he’s putting it together.
    IM just curious why he is never mentioned in the MVP race. Its always ellsbury, a-gone or pedroia. Pedroia I can’t fathom because Cano is having a better year than him. If you look at overall numbers, Granderson right now should be MVP

  4. jkay1818 - Aug 11, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Sure he is playing in a park friendly for lefties, but he has hit a bunch on the road, and, if you look at his homers to right at yankee stadium, 99% of those would be gone in any park. there is an increase in homers because he is hitting lefties this year and him and long have worked on a lot of his issues. he’s always had ridiculous talent and now he’s putting it together.
    IM just curious why he is never mentioned in the MVP race. Its always ellsbury, a-gone or pedroia. Pedroia I can’t fathom because Cano is having a better year than him. If you look at overall numbers, Granderson right now should be MVP, not to mention he almost 50 less at bat’s than gonzalez and trails him by one rbi.

  5. Ari Collins - Aug 11, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Bottom line is that we shouldn’t be accusing Granderson any more than we should be accusing Bautista. We shouldn’t be accusing ANYONE just based on them exceeding their career numbers, no matter how extreme. There are many many many explanations for improved performance, and most of them aren’t “STEROIDS LOL.”

    I’m giving the benefit of the doubt to the original commenter and saying that that might have been his point. People have glommed onto Bautista as a steroid user, when exceeding your career numbers in one peak season (in Bautista’s case, now 2) is very very common.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 11, 2011 at 11:08 AM

      Well, I thought that by calling them “idiot reporters” that my point would have been easy to see but obviously not. Either that or people really didn’t like me calling the reporters who called out Bautista idiots.

  6. Ari Collins - Aug 11, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    P.S. the idea that Yankees get a free pass is stupid. No market gets a free pass. It’s just that Bautista’s power seemed to come out of nowhere (to those not paying enough attention to the player), whereas a player like Granderson is already a power guy, he’s just having an especially powerful season.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 11, 2011 at 10:50 AM

      Not trying to add fuel to the fire, but since Ganderson sat down with Kevin Long exactly a year ago today, here’s his batting line:

      161 Games, 693 Plate Appearances, .271/.362/.575 with 24 doubles, ten triples, 45 homeruns and 83 walks. His 131 Runs is 15 more than 2nd place Albert Pujols.

      [all stats courtesy of Mike Axisa at riveraveblues.com]

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