On a team with so many superstars, it is very easy to forget about Curtis Granderson. The Yankees line up is so stacked, Granderson bats 9th at times. Like so many who come to New York, Granderson struggled in the beginning of his Yankee career, but came back with a great second half. Additionally, when so many Yankees slumped in last year’s post season, Granderson did not.
Granderson also showed the ability to come up with big hits in late game situations. He has the look of a perfect Yankee Stadium player with that sweet stroke from the left side. Some could say he is a Paul O’Neill type of player with more power and less anger.
At this point in the season, Granderson has been the best offensive player on the Yankees and possibly the best offensive player in the American league. In 32 games, Granderson is batting .283 with 11 home runs and 23 RBI’s. The 11 home runs lead the American league. He is also slugging .646 which is good for second in the American league. It would not be surprising to anyone to see Granderson stay atop the American league in those categories for the entire season.
Granderson is not only a one-dimensional player. He has played a gold-glove centerfield, saving numerous runs for Yankee pitchers. With all the talk about whether or not Derek Jeter is done, or what is wrong with A-Rod lately, or will the Yankee starting pitching staff be able to make it through the entire season, Granderson will quietly hit 40 home runs and drive in over 100 runs, win himself a gold glove, and help lead the Yankees to another division title.
By Rob Bonanni