There are cold stretches, slumps and what Mets’ outfielder Curtis Granderson is currently in, which has gone on long enough.
Manager Terry Collins said if you don’t hit, you’ll sit, and Granderson hasn’t hit all season. He’s one of the nicest guys I’ve met around baseball, but his smile doesn’t drive in runs. Come to think about it, neither do his home runs. His 32 RBI off 18 homers is one of the most staggering statistics I’ve ever seen.
Let’s look at more frightening numbers: Granderson is hitting .224 this season; is batting .127 (10-79) with RISP; and .165 (15-91) over his last 23 games.
Somehow, none on this has sunk in on Collins.
“You still look up and this guy is going to end up with over 20 homers,” Collins told reporters. “He’s not necessarily a RBI guy, so no matter where you think you should hit anybody in the order, they are going to end up coming up with guys on base at times.”
It might be one of the dumbest things I’ve heard from a manager in nearly 25 years around this game.
First of all, he has 18 homers now, so what’s two more? Secondly, and even more importantly, if you end up with runners on base your job is to drive them in. Memo to Collins: Everybody is a RBI guy.
Perhaps Granderson is spending too much time around Collins because his explanation made no sense. None.
“Initially, I was in the position where I was going to lead off and set the tone and things like that,” Granderson told reporters.
“And, I’ve mixed when to be aggressive versus when to set the tone for everybody else, so there’s been pitches I could have gone after and attacked and maybe did something with that I let go by.”
Granderson’s responsibility as a hitter is two-fold: 1) if there’s nobody on base he’s supposed to get on base, but a .317 on-base percentage says he’s not doing it, and 2) if there are runners on base his job is to advance them or drive them in.
It’s not all that hard to understand, but obviously with Granderson this season, much harder to do.
Granderson’s job is to always be aggressive, and he hasn’t been. It’s time to get somebody in the lineup that can be.