Curtis Granderson is having a rough start to his 2015 season. But when you tally his batting average, maybe at least give him a nod for what shoulda been extra bases. Only problem: Ben Revere was out there patrolling and laid out to make a great diving catch:
Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson exited today’s game in the third inning after being struck on the right knee by a Lance Lynn pitch.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Granderson has a bruise and swelling, and when asked about his status the 34-year-old veteran said “we’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”
Granderson has had a huge spring training, hitting .435 with three homers and twice as many walks and strikeouts. That’s quite a change from his first Mets season, in which he hit .227 with 20 homers and a .714 OPS while striking out 141 times compared to 79 walks in 155 games.
After finishing at 79-83 in 2014, the Mets had two clear needs this offseason to emerge as legitimate contenders: A corner outfielder and a shortstop. They got off to an interesting start by signing Michael Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million contract (and surrendering their first-round pick for 2015 in the process) in November, but nothing of note has happened since unless you count John Mayberry, Jr. They have come up empty-handed in their efforts to acquire an upgrade over Wilmer Flores at shortstop and they still have a surplus of starting pitchers. Still, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is confident about their chances in 2015.
During an appearance on MLB Network’s “High Heat” with Christopher Russo today, Alderson said that one of the reasons they have been fairly quiet this winter is because he believes they have players in place who give them the potential to improve by 10 wins from 2014. He also made an interesting comparison between Cal Ripken, Jr. and Flores. Check out the full video below:
One of the other reasons they were “fairly quiet” this winter could be that they don’t have the money to bring in other players, but fine, we’ll roll with that. So where are those 10 wins going to come from? Well, they appear to be banking on the addition of Cuddyer and the return of Matt Harvey combined with improvement from their young players and rebounds from David Wright and Curtis Granderson. Could everything click to get them to 89 wins and a playoff berth? Maybe, but there’s also the chance for regression from players like Lucas Duda and Jacob deGrom. It works both ways. By failing to address their obvious need at shortstop, the Mets haven’t really distinguished themselves from a large group of teams who figure to be in the mix for a Wild Card spot.