Curtis Granderson Can’t Be the New York Mets’ Cleanup Hitter
How long will New York Mets manager Terry Collins keep having Curtis Granderson batting cleanup in the Mets’ lineup? I’m not going to go as far as to say the Mets should bench him, but they need to move him down in the batting order.
When the Mets signed Granderson in the offseason, he was supposed to be a guy who hit at least 20 home runs and have nearly 100 RBIs, but the first three weeks of the season haven’t gone as planned. Granderson hasn’t provided any protection for David Wright, and Granderson has the type of swing that prevents him from having productive outs.
After an 0-5 night at the plate against the Atlanta Braves Saturday night, Granderson’s season hasn’t started the way he and the Mets had hoped. Granderson is batting .140 with 19 strikeouts, not exactly what a team is looking for out of its cleanup hitter.
The Mets team as a whole has struggled mightily this season with the bats, so a shakeup should be in order, and that starts with Granderson. The Mets spent $60 million on Granderson, so they can’t completely remove him from the lineup just yet because like most things in sports, money determines decisions most of the time. But Collins needs to drop him down to sixth or seventh in the order and move Lucas Duda up to the cleanup spot. He’s used to it, so it should be an easy transition.
Moving Granderson down, however, will hopefully give him more confidence as he gets better pitches to hit. Also, the pressure and expectations will be lowered. I don’t necessarily think of Granderson as a cleanup hitter, despite his power numbers, so moving him down the batting order will be what’s best for him and the team.
Granderson isn’t getting on base either for the players behind him. His on-base percentage sits below .250, so that means he’s not drawing walks or getting hit by pitches. He’s not helping his team win.
The first three weeks of the season for Granderson have not been ideal, and pressure is beginning to mount quickly. Fans are getting frustrated, and I am sure he is too. So Collins must make the decision to drop him down in the lineup until he gets his bat going again because with the way he is going now, he is becoming an automatic out in the fourth spot in the Mets’ batting order.