Stats: Curtis Granderson Since the Fix

The Yankees traded Austin Jackson this offseason because despite the fact that they liked him, they liked Curtis Granderson more. However, through most of the season Granderson was either injured or a disappointment or both.

While Granderson was struggling, Jackson was thriving in Detroit. His BABIP might have been sky high, suggesting that he was over achieving, and he might have been showing very little power, but he was still hitting north of .300 while providing exceptional speed and defense. It made the Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman look bad.

So the Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long went to work with Granderson on fixing his swing to untap some of that amazing potential G-Unit showed with Detroit. It wasn’t anything major, but he cut out excessive movement and lowered his hands.

If the first 23 games after the fix are any indication, Granderson has done a complete 180. Here are his numbers:

23 G, 80 AB, 12 R, 24 H, 4 2B, 7 HR, 15 RBI, 10 BB, 16 SO, .300 BA, .385 OBP, .613 SLG, .997 OPS.

His BABIP is right where you want it too at .298 (.300 is about the league average and means he isn’t getting extraordinarily lucky). On top of that, the guy famous for not being able to hit lefties is crushing them. Since the fix he’s hitting .414 with three doubles and a pair of homers against southpaws.

It’s still early and there is certainly no guarantee that this will carry over into next season or even the playoffs. If this is a turning point in his career, the Yankees might have bought low on Granderson instead of making a poor trade. Just like another outfielder roaming Yankee Stadium, Nick Swisher, who is currently having a career year in Pinstripes.

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5 Responses to Stats: Curtis Granderson Since the Fix

  1. Steve Henn says:

    Ah Rob you beat me to the punch. I was going to do a piece on Grandy lol.

    Agreed. He has done a complete 180 since that day in Kansas City. Kevin Long deserves a lot of credit for this. Eliminating all of the excess movement in his stance/swing has paid dividends. And who isn't rooting for Grandy? Great guy, but just had an abismal year before the fix.

    • Yeah, I wanted to get this up before today's game just in case he went 0-for-5 with 5 k's or something like that. So far he's 0-for-3, but I don't think it changes much really.

  2. Jason from The Heart says:

    Good, strong piece on my boy Grandy, Rob. He sure has turned it around, and at just the right time. The team, especially with some injuries, has needed his offense, and Grandy's adjustments have done much to round out some crucial offensive contributions.

    Absolutely right on Kevin Long, Steve. Hitting coaches, like so many, tend to get a disproportionate amount of blame during struggles, and precious little during good stretches. All indications are that Long is a workhorse, diligent in preparation, and just as importantly highly effective in translating his ideas for adjustments in and approaches to hitting into positive changes for the hitters. He's a keeper, presiding over a stout contingent of diverse, intelligent hitters.

    Very good work, Rob and Steve.

  3. Mike S. says:

    Now to get Long to work on Jeter. Derek down to .264, 4 for his last 43, I believe.

    Sherman, in the Post, wrote (correctly, I think) that if it wasn't Jeter, that Derek would have been dropped in the lineup. That because it's Jeter, doing so could disrupt the clubhouse.

    One of the toughest things to do in sports is to deal with a fading legend, be it Ruth, Gehrig (as he fought his illness), Mantle, Mays, this year with Griffey…no matter what sport it is. Look at the Yanks and Bernie a few years ago.

    The contract negotiations with Jeter will be very interesting.

    …and it doesn't stop with Derek. What if Posada declines next year as Derek has this year? What if Alex does? God Forbid, Mo?

    Hang on to your hats. Things could get very interesting in the next three years or so.

    • Mike S. says:

      More on Derek as we enter Labor Day's game. As you mentioned, .154 in his last 20 games.

      Last 7 days, .150; Last 14 days, .109; Last 28 days, .196; Hitting .240 vs. RHP, .315 vs. lefties. Since 5/31, just .239. Look at that last stat again. In over three months, just .239-5-29. Just two HR since 6/12, and one was an inside-the-parker.

      Ouch. Hard to watch.