New York Mets Should Thank New York Yankees For Sparking Curtis Granderson
The New York Mets have now beaten the New York Yankees six times in as many games, dating back to last year’s four-game subway series. Making the transition from the Bronx to Queens over the offseason was Curtis Granderson. Ever since his MVP-caliber year in 2011, Granderson has really been a shell of himself.
Coming into the two-game series with a batting average of .197, the former Yankee started to see the ball better in the stadium Yankee fans were accustomed to seeing him hit home runs. On Monday night, Granderson was 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs batted in. On Tuesday night, Granderson started right where he left off. In five at bats, Granderson had two hits, one being a home run. He had three RBI’s and he also walked twice.
The Mets don’t have a ton of talent, but if Granderson can get hot, this team could be on a run. The Miami Marlins may be losing star pitcher Jose Fernandez for the season and the Mets have the opportunity in the next week or two to move past them in the NL East standings.
The Mets signed Granderson to a 4-year, $60 million deal in free agency. Unfortunately for Met hopefuls, Granderson has yet to take off with the Mets and his batting average hasn’t gotten past .205 yet. The drop in production was expected, considering Yankee Stadium is much more batter-friendly than Citi Field.
Although his stats could be inflated because of the Yankees’ awful pitching staff, Met fans should be happy that the Mets played the Yankees this early in the season. If only Granderson played the Yankees every day. While he will always be a home run-or-strikeout kind of guy, Granderson is starting to turn it on.