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The particulars: 1-for-7 (.143), 1 BB, 3 K, 6 LOB
Perhaps Ray Flowers of the BaseballGuys.com fantasy baseball blog put it best about Curtis Granderson when he wrote, “Granderson is a faster version of Adam Dunn.”
Granderson has always been a big strikeout guy, from the moment he led the American League with 174 whiffs in his first full season with the Detroit Tigers in 2006.
But he took his all-or-nothing approach to new heights in 2012, hitting a career-low .232 with a .319 on-base percentage and a career-high 195 strikeouts.
In a nice twist of coincidence, the only thing that prevented Granderson from leading the AL in strikeouts in 2012 was Dunn, whose 222 Ks was one shy of the major league record set by Mark Reynolds of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009.
Still, it was tied for the 11th most strikeouts by a hitter in a single season.
Facing Brian Matusz in the eighth inning of Game 2 Monday night, Granderson appeared to be hopelessly outmatched, watching a couple of strikes before getting himself out on a curveball that might have been two or three inches off the ground when it passed home plate.
Yes, he was tied for second in the American League with 43 home runs. But when you turn 43 home runs into an OPS of just .811, it could be a sign that your approach at the plate could use some refinement.