Curtis Granderson, the forgotten Met

Curtis GrandersonPoking around the Met-verse and reading articles this offseason, you may not have noticed the Mets largest offseason acquisition.  Here at Mets360 we last saw Curtis Granderson focused on in early January.  Is this fair?  No.  It’s the difference between how the media focuses on the Mets and other teams in baseball.  Do writers focus on Granderson’s positive impact on the Met lineup, or do we hash and re-hash the ongoing frustration with Ruben Tejada, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda?  Perhaps it’s because we’d prefer to ignore what we’d rather not see.  What’s been going on?

The answer is, not so great.  His numbers this spring are lower than they’ve ever been before.  His strikeouts are up and his hits and walks are down.  Let’s remember, it’s spring training, spring training stats don’t mean everything.  Anyone remember these spring training stats?

53 AB / .340 BA / .444 OBP / .679 SLG / 4 HR

Where did we see those numbers before?  For those who’ve mentally blocked his Met career from their minds, that was Jason Bay’s spring training line from 2010.  This doesn’t prove anything, it gives Met fans an excuse to discount Granderson’s numbers and sleep at night, but perhaps they shouldn’t.

Tejada, Davis and Duda’s relative success or failure doesn’t amount to anything if Granderson doesn’t produce results with his $15 million contract.  We are assuming that Granderson can provide Marlon Byrd’s 2013 production or more, but we’ve yet to see anything in 2014 to make us believe we’ll see it.  He’ll get his shot at giving us something good to talk about but while the blog-o-sphere has given him a free pass (by not focusing on him) this spring, expect that pass to be quickly revoked if we don’t see positive signs by June.

Let’s all hope this is the last time anyone at Mets360 will be forced to relate Granderson to Bay.

5 comments for “Curtis Granderson, the forgotten Met

  1. Name
    March 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    For veterans, spring training is a win-win situation.
    If they stink, fans think that he’s “working” on something.
    If they’re awesome, people will comment on how they’re in “mid-season form”.

    For youngsters, spring training is a lose-lose situation.
    If they stink, we’ll, fans think that the player isn’t ready yet.
    If they’re awesome, people will say it’s “just Spring Training”

    Isn’t it ironic that the MLBers are the ones itching for the season to start and want Spring Training to be over as soon as possible while youngsters are so pumped for Spring Training?

    • March 29, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      +1

      Back to the article — I don’t think Granderson gets a pass until June. If he’s struggling at the end of April there will be calls for EY and Lagares to play full time.

  2. Metsense
    March 29, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Byrd put a a 5.1 WAR in 2013. I really don’t expect Granderson to match that. I will be pleased with a 3.7 WAR, a value that will earn his contract in the first year. I also don’t expect Byrd to match his 2013 year either. I also don’t expect Byrd to outproduce Granderson this year but…Byrd’s spring training is a .298 BA, 2 HR, 355/474/829 at half the cost and years.
    Hey, theyr’e only spring training stats. Monday can’t get here soon enough. Lets Go Mets!

  3. Chance2
    March 29, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Whoa! I’ve felt positive all spring, and now suddenly the bullpen is scary and you’re pointing out that Grandy has been invisible since those first two home runs.

    And the Nationals are coming to town, who seem to be solid from top to bottom.

    Help!!

  4. Patrick Albanesius
    March 30, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Up until March 22, a week ago, Granderson wasn’t playing on consistent back-to-back games. I think with 40 straight ABS under his belt, he will return to form. But expectations should be tempered.

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