Curtis Granderson has always been a topic of discussion, and has had immense pressure to preform since coming over from the New York Yankees in 2014. This is mostly due to the huge four-year, $60 million dollar contract that he signed. This year alone, Granderson is set to make $16 million. Some may say that he hasn’t performed consistently enough to deserve that amount of money. In 2014, Granderson hit for an average of .227, 20 HRs and 66 RBIs. Most New York Mets fans however, only remember the alarming 141 strikeouts that he had.
To start the season, Granderson was hitting .231 with just 1 HR and 6 RBI’s in the month of April. Granderson currently is hitting for an average of .250 with a team leading 12 HRs. He also has 24 RBIs as well as sporting a .349 OBP.
In the month of June, Granderson is hitting for an average of .281 with 6 HRs and 8 RBIs. This is during a month where the Mets have struggled severely in scoring runs or generating any offense. In the last seven days, he has hit for an average of .429 with 4 HRs and 4 RBIs while also drawing five walks. Stats don’t lie, and the stats are showing that Granderson is swinging the hottest bat for the New York Mets as of right now.
This is crucial for the Mets, being that Granderson was brought in to give David Wright some protection in the batting lineup. He is also doing most of his damage in the leadoff spot. If the Mets could have had someone else taking leadoff duties, Granderson may well have had even more RBIs under his belt. If Granderson can keep up his hot bat, the Mets can have a legitimate chance to take the NL East. Especially since reports have surfaced that Daniel Murphy might be back as early as Tuesday.