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Over the course of this summer, Curtis Granderson has once again shown his importance to the Yankees.
Last summer, the center fielder had career highs in runs (136), home runs (41) and runs batted in (119). Yankees fans finally had the center fielder they were looking for since the departure of Bernie Williams.
This season, though, has shown how badly the Yankees need Granderson to produce. This season the Curtis of old fused with the new, powerful centerfielder from the past season.
Granderson’s power hasn’t gone anywhere; he has 37 home runs and 89 runs batted in so far in 2012. But this season he has only scored 88 runs and has a career-low batting average (.233), along with only 66 walks.
A major storyline for the Yankees this season has been their struggles with runners in scoring position. But a less publicized story has been Granderson and his lack of run scoring.
When Brett Gardner was injured, the center fielder became the one of the Yankees’ biggest run scoring threats (Granderson scored 136 runs last season), but obviously Granderson has struggled with getting on base and scoring runs.
Granderson's lack of run scoring this year (he only crossed the plate 11 times in all of August), has been a major blow to a struggling Yankee team.