Here's me six or seven months ago: "The Yankees got Curtis Granderson? Yes! He hit 30 homers at Comerica Park last year, he's gotta have at least 35, maybe 40 at Yankee Stadium right?" Wrong!
After his first three games in Pinstripes, John Sterling was singing "The Grandy Man Can," and many Yankee fans, including myself, thought we had the best Yankee outfielder since Bernie Williams.
Well, we have come a long way since opening day, and Curtis has not been the guy we sent Austin Jackson and Phil Coke to Detroit for, at least not yet anyways.
He is now hitting a team low (as far as every day players go) .240, with a measly seven home runs and 24 RBI. He did miss a month with a groin issue, but clearly he hasn't had the same power he did only a year ago—the kind of power the Yankees risked their top prospect in the organization for.
The good news is that he has cut down on his strikeouts compared to last year, and he has been improving a little recently, raising his batting average eight points from .232 to .240 over the past 10 games.
So he does seem to have a little bit of momentum, but he needs to keep it rolling in the second half if he wants to get another shot at the World Series, after losing to the Cardinals back in 2006—a World Series in which he went 2 for 21.