Curtis Granderson put the Mets ahead for good in Game 3 of the World Series last night with a two-run homer off Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura in the bottom of the third inning. The blast sent Citi Field into a frenzy. Longtime Mets fans Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock were among those in attendance and Granderson’s home run was met with approval.
Check out their reaction below…
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No weird clapping from Seinfeld this time around. That’s a shame.
Daniel Murphy has understandably grabbed most of the headlines for the Mets this postseason, but Granderson has been fantastic at the top of the lineup. The veteran outfielder is batting .283/.382/.457 with two home runs, two doubles, 10 RBI, four stolen bases, and eight runs scored over 12 games. He has more walks (eight) than strikeouts (five).
Phillies manager Joe Girardi told reporters today that Andrew McCutchen will not be ready to play to start the season. McCutchen is still recovering from the ACL tear he suffered last year. Girardi said that McCutchen hasn’t suffered a setback, but is simply not on a timetable that would allow him to play on Opening Day.
Obviously, this is a bit of a blow for the Phillies. McCutchen isn’t the MVP-level player he once ways, but he’s still a difference-maker and can be a spark plug for an offense. He was off to a .256/.378/.457 start in his 262 plate appearances before the injury struck. His continued stint on the injured list opens up everyday at-bats for Jay Bruce, whom the Phillies traded for during the 2019 season to help fill the hole caused by McCutchen’s injury. Bruce moving up the depth chart opens up a roster spot for someone like Neil Walker, Nick Martini or Kyle Garlick to make the team.
Girardi said that the Phillies expect McCutchen back at some point in April, so he hopefully won’t be on the shelf too much longer. Still, it stinks that we’re going to have wait longer for one of the more fun players in baseball to suit up again.