(When it comes to making guys pay for poorly-located pitches, the Grandy Man can, and often does)
I've done a post where I wondered how Curtis Granderson was going to repeat his 2011 performance, and I've done a post where I questioned how he's been able to exceed his 2011 performance. I was fully prepared to just do a post today where I stopped analyzing and just slurped him for how awesome he's been, but it looks like William Tasker of IIATMS had the same idea as me and already beat me to it. Oh well, I'm going to slurp anyway.
- wOBA- .394 in 2011, .382 in 2012
- wRC+- 146 in 2011, 140 in 2012
- SLG- .552 in 2011, .551 in 2012
- ISO- .290 in 2011, .290 in 2012
- BB%- 12.3% in 2011, 12.6% in 2012
Simply put, C-Grand is mashing the shit out of the ball all the time. He's still hitting line drives at an obscenely absurd clip (26.2%), he's still hitting home runs at an even more obscenely absurd clip (31.5% HR/FB), and he's managing to do it while still swinging and missing at a lot of pitches (11.4%). He hasn't really gone on any kind of extended hot or cold streak, and his BABIP is actually down from last year, but when he gets ahold of one it's going to be trouble for the opposing pitcher.
There haven't been a lot of guys in the lineup who have met or exceeded expectations recently, but Curtis is one of the few. He's been the most productive, and arguably the most valuable, Yankee for the past year plus. I know Robbie Cano put on a hell of a show at the HR Derby last year, but I would love to see what Curtis could do this year. They way he destroys anything that catches too much of the plate in game situations, just imagine what he could do with a BP pitcher of his choice lobbing them into his kill zone?