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Curtis Granderson has struggled to make contact all season.
As the Mets’ headlining offseason acquisition, Curtis Granderson has been one of the team’s most obvious losers of the month of April.
Granderson has had some bright spots near the end of the month with his walk-off sacrifice fly against the Atlanta Braves and walk-off single against the Miami Marlins, but even those moments can’t overshadow his .136 batting average and .216 slugging percentage.
The former New York Yankee has struck out at rate of 28.2 percent, and even when he has made contact, he has just one home run and five extra-base hits.
However, Granderson has a track record of success and has been somewhat unlucky early in his Mets career.
While he used to play in the power-hitter’s haven of Yankee Stadium, Citi Field is a much more spacious ballpark, especially in right center field.
On Sunday, Granderson hit a ball that was caught right at the wall in the deepest part of the ballpark, which Terry Collins claimed was “the sixth or seventh ball he’s hit [at Citi Field] that has been caught that across town [at Yankee Stadium] is a point.” While realistically Granderson has hit about two or three balls that would be home runs in the Bronx, he has still been hindered by his new home ballpark.
Granderson also has by far the lowest home run-to-fly ball ratio of his career of 4 percent. While playing for the New York Yankees, this ratio was understandably high, reaching a rate as high as 24.2 percent in 2012, but his current ratio was still much lower than when he was playing with the Detroit Tigers.
Granderson is a flawed player who will always strike out a lot and have a low batting average. He has been a big loser for the Mets in April. However, if he can start driving the ball more consistently, his extra-base power could catalyze the Mets offense the rest of the season.