“If [Curtis] Granderson’s stats since May 1 were his stats for the entire year, he’d currently be the 12th most productive hitter in the majors,” Jonah Keri wrote (Grantland, July 8).
Since May 1, Granderson is hitting .275 with a .389 OBP and .507 slugging percentage. According to Keri, Granderson has a 155 wRC+ (Weighted Runs Created Plus), where 100 is the major league average. That means Granderson has “been 55 percent more productive than the average offensive player during that span,” Keri wrote.
His April numbers drag him down to a .234 average, .350 on base percentage and .421 slugging percentage, as he hit .136/.252/.216 in his first month to start his Mets career. He had just one home run and seven RBI up until May 1, through 25 games. Since, he has 12 home runs and 34 RBI over 61 games.
Granderson is second in the National League with 53 walks. He had 13 in the first month of the season.
If you like dabbling in advanced metrics, Granderson is listed at 1.5 fWAR and 1.7 bWAR. That makes him the third-best player on the team behind Daniel Murphy and Juan Lagares (DiComo, June 8).
Andrew Vazzano, SNY.tvOverall, Granderson is having a pretty good season. Sure, he got off to a slow start, but many fans don’t seem to realize how well he’s played since then. I’ve heard a lot of references to him being similar to Jason Bay so far, which just isn’t fair.
You need to look at Granderson’s season as a whole, instead of focusing on his first impression. To say he got off on the wrong foot to begin the season might be an understatement. Since? He’s been great, and fans need to take note.