Apparently, the Grandy Man can’t.
When the New York Mets acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson, they were dreaming off the Grandy of old. An elite outfielder with 30-home run, 25-steal capability, Granderson used to be one of the best players in all of fantasy baseball. Fast forward to 2014 and his inaugural season with the Mets, and fantasy owners are waiting.
Through his first 85 at-bats with the Mets, Granderson is batting an incredible .129 with one home run and seven RBI. He has also only walked 12 times, which has hurt his on-base percentage, which is currently sitting at an ugly .242. Granderson looks absolutely terrible at the plate, as his batting average and 28 strikeouts indicate. The guy has absolutely no upside at the plate because of the two outcomes he is seeing practically every time. Right now, Granderson is striking out 28.3 percent of the time, the highest since his rookie year back in 2004. Also, he is popping out to the infield 16 percent of the time, which is an insane number and, again, the highest since the 2004 season. So, 44.3 percent of Granderson’s at-bats are resulting in either a strikeout or a fly out. That is absolutely ugly, and no one will post good fantasy numbers with that percentage. His swinging strike percentage is currently a career-high 14 percent right now, while his 67.8 percent contact rate is the lowest of his career.
Look, I could throw numbers out all day long. No, I literally could do it. But simply put, Granderson looks incredibly shaky and uncomfortable at the plate. I would drop him in any sized league right now. His wrist probably isn’t 100 percent, which is likely playing a factor in his struggles, the Mets lineup is still pretty bad and we haven’t even gotten into the fact that Granderson is more than likely going to miss some time at some point this season.
Feel free to dump him, folks.