MetsBlog Q&A: Curtis Granderson talks about his slump, Citi Field, and playing in the NL


Michael Baron: It’s been a tough stretch to start the year. How do you mitigate a slump like this during the game?

Curtis Granderson: You go ahead and say, ‘I can’t get everything back in one at-bat, I got to take this one pitch at a time,’ and understand what the opposing pitcher is trying to do at that time and what the situation is. If it’s a situation where I can get the runner over, let me get a pitch where I can do that. If I gotta get the runner in, I gotta do that. … I just have to continue to drive that point home, and realize I can’t get it all back at one time.


Michael Baron: Do you go about your at-bats differently at Citi Field, as opposed to some other parks you’ve played in the American League?

Curtis Granderson: I haven’t. There are sometimes where you might have a glare in certain stadiums, but this isn’t one of them. It depends on how that glare is – it could be for an inning or an at-bat. Out of all the stadiums I’ve played in, there really isn’t much difference you take where you say, ‘OK, because the stadium is shaped this way, I’m going to do something a little bit different this time around.’ I’ve never really looked at it that way. You still have to get a pitch to drive, and if you can drive it, you can do some things with it.


Curtis Granderson waits in the dugout


Michael Baron: Do you find playing right field in Citi Field to be a bigger challenge?

Curtis Granderson: It’s not necessarily a bigger challenge. It has been a little windier to start the season, but it’s been windy on the east coast in general. Whenever you have wind, it’s another element you have to keep in mind, and look at which flags you can rely on to get your reads and judges on. It’s a learning experience in every stadium you go to. Each stadium has it’s own characteristics in terms of what the wind is doing.

The big thing is realizing if this is a wall I can possibly go into or if it’s a wall I need to be careful of, because I have to worry about my health.


Mets congratulate Curtis Granderson for his home run


Michael Baron: It’s early, but what have been some of the nice things about playing in the National League so far?

Curtis Granderson: I like watching the pitchers hit. It’s always something I enjoyed during inter-league play. Whether it’s a guy that can hit, or just a guy who is looking to move the runners over, it’s something I’ve enjoyed.




11 comments
qualcomm
qualcomm

Three minutes is too short an audio clip for anything.

granderson is tooo smug like willie Randolph..we need another young outfielder puello---get rid of ey.call diamonbacks.

fuldsadick
fuldsadick

i said it before and i'll say it again...Grandy is a good guy and a decent player...he was just a VERY bad signing for Citifield at 4yrs $60m...Lageras should be a staple in CF and RF will now be blocked for 4 years...so, what to do with prospects like Nimmo,Puello,Cecilianni,MDD,Kirk,,guess they all compete for a LF spot if CY isn't resigned

Mack Ownes
Mack Ownes

Ike doesn't look happy for him!!


Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

Granderson-Wright-Duda

This pulverizing middle of the order threesome has opposing pitchers shaking in their pants!!!

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

Curtis should be fine hitting in front of Wright for a little while, he's already recognizing pitches better and drawing walks. I think he walked in here with the same approach he had in Yankee stadium and its just not the same. Citi field is a little more conducive to the style he had in Detriot. If he can somehow re-harness that type of play I think he will be worth the investment.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@Zach Goeringer I think that's BS.  If he walked in, had the same approach as Yankee stadium he'd have much more then 1 HR and batting .130.  Right now he's so messed up he's not seeing the ball and getting into a bad count almost instantly.

Josh Eppard
Josh Eppard

Yeah I certainly hope so. He's a good ball player and I can't wait for him to heat up and start knocking some doubles/ few triples and hey if they go over the wall in Citi I'll take that too! LGM

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@BringBackDaveTelghe @Zach Goeringer He has hit 4 or 5 balls at Citi field alone this year that would have been out at Yankee stadium. In Detriot he was working deeper into counts and hitting gap to gap line drives. Your last line is reiterating my point. He needs to continue to work on changing his approach if he wants to be successful here.