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Alex Rodriguez takes seat again, yet Curtis Granderson is even worse

Oct 12, 2012, 12:54 AM EDT

Yankees' Granderson attempts a bunt against the Orioles during Game 4 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York Reuters

Alex Rodriguez was removed for a pinch-hitter for the second straight game Thursday and rightfully so. Yet A-Rod hasn’t been the Yankees’ worst performer through four postseason games. That title goes to Curtis Granderson.

Granderson went 0-for-5 with three more strikeouts in Thursday’s loss to the Orioles. He’s 1-for-16 with nine strikeouts in the series, with his lone hit being a single. A-Rod is 2-for-16 after collecting himself a single tonight, giving him merely the third worst average in the lineup. Robinson Cano is just 2-for-18, though he at least has three RBI to his credit. Both of his hits have been doubles.

For all of his homers — and he hit 43 of them — Granderson wasn’t a particularly good hitter for the Yankees this year after his hot start. He came in at .196 in August and .178 in September before padding his numbers a bit in the three-game sweep of the Red Sox to close the season (he went 6-for-13 with three homers). If not for that series, his 40-homer season could have been considered the worst ever.

If there was ever a time for Granderson to bust out again, it’d be Friday’s Game 5. He hits quite a bit better at home, and he’ll be facing a right-hander in Jason Hammel. Any time he hits a fly to right in Yankee Stadium, it’s a threat to leave the yard.

But to do that, he’s going to have to make some contact. With those nine strikeouts in 16 plate appearances, even Mark Reynolds is feeling bad for him right now.

  1. djpostl - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    He has somehow found a way to make strikeouts worse than they already are.

    Looking at his splits for the season he literally goes into an 0-2 or 1-2 count around 50% of the time. In this series it has been almost exclusively 0-2 counts.

    Over the season around 10% of his at-bats ended in 3 pitch K’s. This post-season it’s been around 25% of them.

    He is just giving pitchers free, no stress, guaranteed outs.

    He’s been as useful as a screen door on a submarine.

    • adeedothatswho - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:34 AM

      Obviously, you’ve never started a fire in a submarine…..

      • djpostl - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        Rofl

  2. number42is1 - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    B-b-but no…. Granderson hit 43 HR and he’s just super awesome… Said a commenter last night…. I just got home from the stadium and i dont even know where to start. I’ll leave the major ranting for tomorrow.

    • marinersnate - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:49 AM

      “I just got home from the stadium….”

      Which stadium?

    • kevinbnyc - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      I can’t believe we had to suffer through that last night. Absolutely brutal.

      marinersnate…he was at the Rose Bowl. Thought that was obvious.

    • jolink653 - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      I was there too…Probably the most depressing game that I’ve ever been to

  3. keepyerstickontheice - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Don’t care. Granderson’s not getting paid $251 million dollars to suck.

    • djpostl - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Don’t care. Your payroll doesn’t change one bit, no matter who bats where & who sits on the bench. This is the playoffs, managers need to properly “manage”.

  4. pisano - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    They led the AL in strikeouts, doesn’t it show? The Yankees can’t even spell timely hitting, it seems if they’re not hitting a few HR’s in a game, they’ll lose. Neither team can blame their pitching, but the K’s for the Yankees are horrendous. I’m a Yankee fan, but I won’t be surprised if the O’s win this. The Yankees have to make some moves in the off season, I’m sure Swisher will be history, but Arod? where do you hide him for the next five years? he’s no Derek Jeter.

    • thekennypua - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

      Actually Oakland set the record for most strikeouts (hitting) in a season this year…

      Granderson, A-Rod, Cano, etc. they’re all pressing and it’s showing.

      • pisano - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:19 AM

        Thanks for the correction, in late Aug. Michael Kay, of the Yes network said they had more K’s than any AL team, the A’s must have passed them, but nothing to be proud of.

    • rich7041 - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      Oakland led the AL with 1387 Ks. The Orioles were 3rd with 1315 and the Yankees were a distant 8th with 1176. Houston led the NL with 1365 and the Yankees would have ranked 14th over there. Of course, the postseason has taken them to new heights (or lows.)

  5. polegojim - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    But… they’re getting paid 400 mil combined… guaranteed… whether they hit HRs or Strikeout…

    Whose fault is that? Professional Sports has TOTALLY blown it. Pay for Play is the deal.

  6. cackalackyank - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    I have been saying Grandy must go for awhile now, not that he alone is the problem. BUT he is the poster child for the lack of timely hitting. What good are 43 bombs if they usually happen bases empty or when the Yankees are already up 12-2? A-rod of course is beyond OVERPAID, but there may be some hope if he gets in the cage and acknowledges he is no longer a power hitter. Granderson just gets worse. How much worse can it get than the bottom of the eighth, runners first and second no one out, need one run to get ahead and probably win the series, and three guys in succession FAIL!?

    • pisano - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      One hell of a point, no one can argue with you, it’s horrendous to watch.

    • drewsylvania - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      Grandy had 3.9 oWAR, 6th in MLB among center fielders. Unless his defense is terrible, he’s hardly the problem, even with the low BA.

      • djpostl - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        His defense is atrocious. Watch closely and see how many God-awful reads he gets off the bat.

  7. woodyqq2 - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Jeter 8 hits, the rest of the (choke) Team 25.. Most of them suck. What the ells the problem?? Anyone heard from Long??? the alleged Hitting coach?? Maybe he got paid off and sabotaged their hitting

    • fredverd - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      Maybe they really buried TWO Big Papi jerseys in the concrete and we only found one! Hex on Yankee Bats ever since… Long has long since worn out his “I-fixed-Granderson” credit. Instead of five o’clock lightning we get five o’clock noodles…

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