The Mets scored eight runs and had 16 hits on Tuesday, yet Curtis Granderson was 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
Granderson, who is batting .144 during his last 170 plate appearances, was not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Marlins. Instead, Terry Collins started Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who hit a two-run home run and helped the Mets to their second straight win.
This season, Granderson is batting .210 with 16 home runs and 49 RBI, while striking out in 23 percent of his at bats. According to FanGraphs’s WAR, Jason Bay did more to help win games in his 95-game first year with the Mets than Granderson has done in 133 games this season.
That said, Collins is hopeful Granderson will be better in 2015.
“I think a year in the National League, I think a year seeing what it takes to be successful in this park, I think he’ll probably come into spring training with a different outlook of what he’s got to do to find success here,” Collins said earlier this week.
Granderson signed a four-year, $60 million deal with the Mets prior to this season.
“The guy has been invisible,” a Mets person recently told John Harper (Daily News, Aug. 28). “Remember, he was supposed to be our cleanup hitter.”