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Curtis Granderson may hit leadoff again

Terry Collins said he is open to using Curtis Granderson in the leadoff spot again.

Granderson went 2-for-3 with a home run and two walks batting first in the order and starting in center field on Sunday.

“I just tried to get myself on base and try to get the team going,” Granderson told reporters (ESPN, June 15). “I’ve done it plenty of times in my career. I just didn’t know it was going to be today.”

Granderson missed the previous three starts with a sore calf muscle.

He is batting .375 with three HR, 10 walks and eight RBI in 13 games in June.

“This isn’t just draw-them-out-of-a-hat,” Collins said. “We tried to look back at Granderson’s history when he led off, that’s what he did. He drew base on balls, and he hit doubles and triples and homers. I know he can do it.”




36 comments

I cant believe we signed the players we did  Our starting lineup is a joke Our stadium was built after the Dodgers  We will never win as long as the wilpons own this team

cpamerica5
cpamerica5

Grandy

Lagares

Murphy

Wright

Duda

Flores

Darnaud/Recker/Teagarden/ . . .

EYJ

Pitcher

Angad Gill
Angad Gill

Pitchers know how to attack granderson

wingo43
wingo43

So we spent $60 million for a leadoff hitter? LOL.

So who's now going to protect Captain Clutch?

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Just think about it. . . had the Mets resigned M. Byrd, we would of had decent offense with Grandy and Abreu also in the line-up.

herblehman
herblehman

Granderson is not a great candidate to be a leadoff hitter...but it's a breath of fresh air after seeing the likes of Ruben Tejada, Chris Young, and Matt den Dekker (who I really root for, but let's face it, the guy cannot hit) trying to lead off. If Granderson is comfortable with it and it actually produces results, it's fine with me. 


Personally, I'd consider hitting Duda leadoff. He has the penchant for drawing walks that people like in a leadoff hitter, he's lousy with men on base, and most importantly, it allows us to get his spot in the batting order over with as quickly as possible. (Sarcasm)


I actually had a dream last night that the Mets traded for light-hitting middle infielder Maicer Izturis and named him the starting first baseman. I think all the losing this season is starting to get to me. 


Chris Haven
Chris Haven

If it worked yesterday you should be damn sure to do it again!!

mingo
mingo

I can't think of a better lineup option than to have your best power hitter batting first so he can knock the pitchers and the .180 hitters from the 8th hole in.

Terry my boy, pure Genius!

I might also suggest that Terry moves Murphy to the 9 hole and perhaps move the pitcher to the clean up spot.

Doubleday
Doubleday

I am beginning to wonder if batting order is less the issue with Grandy, and outfield position is.  He's a centerfielder who has been kicked back and forth between LF and RF all year.Yesterday, he felt comfortable on the field, and we saw the results.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

As bad as it is for Mets fans, how bad must it be to watch the likes of the Cubs, Padres, Astros and D Backs everyday. OMG.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

The Mets have so many hitters that do not belong in the majors. Brown, den dekker, CY,  Recker, Tegarden, Campbell, Flores, Tejada. That only leaves CYJ, Wright, Murphy, Granderson and Duda. Even Duda looks good compared to the guys that shouldn't be in NY.  Typing this out just aggravated myself.  :(

Glenn Blasius
Glenn Blasius

There is no statistical evidence that your place in the batting order affects your average at any significant level of certainty.    


Baseball is one of the richest sources of statistics there is.  And the managers are dummies.  


Did you listen to Rangers' coach Alain Vigneault speak about the team during one of the Stanley Cup games?  He said (and I quote): "we aren't changing anything, we are just trying to get the highest probability match ups and situations on the ice." 


Maybe that's why he gets to wear a suit, and Terry has to wear the clown costume.

he is more of a leadoff hitter than anyone on the roster..should of done this a month ago !

he is NOT EVEN CLOSE TO A CLEANUP HITTER !!

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Who hits where in the lineup is only important to a point. For instance RBI  guys shouldn't bat  8. Maybe the Mets could hire Dottie Hensen (Geena Davis) to make out the Mets lineup. SMH

Kevin John
Kevin John

What happens if CY doesn't get the at bats he was promised? Do the Mets get fined or something? He honestly needs to be sent to AAA with d'Arnaud. He's selfish for putting himself in our lineup everyday.

bigdirty
bigdirty

I like grandy batting leadoff or #2 a lot more than him hitting cleanup. He wont have a great obp but the fact that he can give the team a quick lead is nice. As long as Abreu is hitting its not a bad move. 

Glenn Blasius
Glenn Blasius

OMG.  Can we work on understanding statistical concepts a bit more and stop worrying about who bats leadoff???  It is another of the statistical chimeras which exist in the minds of the math illiterate.   Not important at all.  GET THE MATCH-UPS RIGHT DURING THE GAME, TERRY!   STOP WORRYING ABOUT FIDDLING AROUND WITH THE LINEUP AND PLAYING THE HOT HAND!!  READ A BOOK ON INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS!!! 


Arrgggghhhhhh......

helloboy
helloboy

ONLY THE METS.  You can't have him leadoff and than start EY, unless you plan on batting EYJ 9th and the pitcher 8th.  What other purpose does having EYJ have, if not handling a lead-off type role? 


Why does this team make it's own personnel problems worse? 


I would hit EYJ 1 and Grandy 2 and push Murphy to 3, which is where he should be anyway as he is the best hitter on the team. 

Edmahn
Edmahn

Not a bad idea.  Tommie Agee batted leadoff.  He had power and struck out too much, though probably a lot less than CG.  Also had a better BA.  If the original idea was that CG would protect David Wright, that obviously hasn't worked.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

TC, how about keeping the same line-up except for the pitcher of course. It seemed to work well yesterday, give it another try, we have nothing to loose.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

Why "may"? leave him there until he isn't getting on base

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Kevin John  If he doesn't get the ABs he was promised when he signed here then no FA will ever trust what Sandy tells them as they'll point to CY and say well you didn't keep your word to him.


Also they can't just send CY to AAA. With d'Arnaud he doesn't even have a full season under his belt so he has minor league options and can just be optioned to AAA with no issue. CY is a vet player so he can't just be sent to AAA he has to be DFA'd and he likely won't accept the assignment to AAA in which case he'd be a FA and the Mets would give up any hope of getting any return whatsoever on their $7.5M investment.

Glenn Blasius
Glenn Blasius

@Kevin John I'm hoping CY eats one of those Shake Shack burgers and gives himself food poisoning....for about 4 months.  Alternatively, we can trade him to the Philliies for a Philly Phanatic bobble head.  

elgiacomo
elgiacomo

@bigdirty His OBP is .346, which isn't that bad, especially for this team.  He leads the team in walks by a significant margin and is 5th in the NL in walks as well.  I'm all for giving him an extended look in the leadoff spot.

helloboy
helloboy

@Glenn Blasius I agree to a point.  I do believe where a player bats will impact their performance.  Some players are more comfortable in certain situations and these can change their focus.  I do not think it a coincidence that some guys have such different stats depending on the hole they bat in.  Plus, they will be pitched differently. 


On the other hand, Terry has no idea how to match people up and can't seem to understand the basics of filling out a lineup. 

helloboy
helloboy

@Edmahn He would be a poor-man's Rickey Henderson.  He would hit for similar HR (maybe a bit more) and 2B and draw some walks, but would K much more and have a lesser average and OBP. 

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@Steven Glansberg  Because if they say he's batting leadoff for the foreseeable future, and EYJ comes back and they decide to bat him leadoff, everyone will call TC goofball/liar/clown for "lying" about Grandy batting leadoff.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@elgiacomo @bigdirty  A big part of his high walk total however could have a lot to do with the fact he's had CY batting behind him the majority of the time as the cleanup hitter which won't be the case leading off. I'm sure he was pitched around much more than he will leading off with Murph behind him

chris006
chris006

@helloboy @Glenn Blasius I recall Jerry Manuel batting Frank Catalanotto cleanup once... made me think he just filled out the lineup by position without checking to see who he was actually putting on the field.

Glenn Blasius
Glenn Blasius

@helloboy @Glenn Blasius There is no statistical evidence that your place in the batting order affects your average at any significant level of certainty.    


Baseball is one of the richest sources of statistics there is.  And the managers are dummies.  


Did you listen to Rangers' coach Alain Vigneault speak about the team during one of the Stanley Cup games?  He said (and I quote): "we aren't changing anything, we are just trying to get the highest probability match ups and situations on the ice." 


Maybe that's why he gets to wear a suit, and Terry has to wear the clown costume.