Granderson The Tough Out In Mets Lineup
Last night, the Mets were playing short-handed without Wright and Duda because of back issues. In a lineup that relies on the home run, they got two solo home runs from Granderson and Conforto. However, it seemed like every Nats’ pitcher that faced the Mets’ right fielder had a difficult time getting him out.
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Granderson is off to a slow start this season with the Mets as he is only .211 with seven home runs, 12 RBI’s, and a .304 on-base percentage. As I said before, he doesn’t swing usually at the first pitch in an at-bat, but he made Scherzer pay for a fastball.
In his other three at-bats, he drew walks in the third and fifth inning and singled through the shift in the eighth inning against Felipe Rivero. He saw 17 pitches, which was tied with Conforto for the most pitches taken by any hitter in the Mets’ lineup.
Even though he has only been with the Mets since 2014, Granderson has a good track record against Washington. Last season, he hit .269 against the Nats with two home runs, seven RBI’s, and a .364 on-base percentage. Plus, he drew ten walks, which was the third most he had against any team.
The question will be whether or not Granderson has that success over the next two games. Against Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, he is a combined 7-for-43 with one home run, three RBI’s, and 14 strikeouts.