Posts Tagged ‘Curtis Granderson’

In a New York Nightmare

October 4, 2011

With the struggling A.J. Burnett toeing the rubber in a critical ALDS game four this evening, the Yankees’ 2011 season could be over in a New York minute. Burnett (11-11, 5.15 ERA) has a 7.66 ERA in his last ten starts and allowed five runs in six innings against Texas for a Yankees loss in last year’s ALCS. The Yankees will have to overcome some recent history as well, because since 2007 no team has won a playoff game starting a pitcher with an ERA over five. Check out how Burnett’s ERA has fluctuated this year and skyrocketed at the end of the season.

This nightmare scenario for Yankees fan becomes even dimmer when one notices the slumping production of the Yankees’ best bat, Curtis Granderson. Even though Granderson was tied for fourth in the Majors with 77 Extra Base Hits this season, the overall trend of the number of Extra-Base Hits he hit per week was down. Much worse, Granderson’s batting average was a dismal .205 in September. Meanwhile, the Tiger’s best hitter and AL batting Champion, Miguel Cabrera, had an upward trend for Extra Base hits throughout the season (he was third in the Majors with 78) and finished the year with a sizzling .429 batting average in September. Compare Grandrson’s and Cabrera’s Extra Base Hit production in 2011.

The nightmare match up continues when one compares the Tiger’s and Yankees’ Designated Hitters. Detroit’s Victor Martinez batted .333, drove in 103 Runs and only struck out in 8.6 percent of his plate appearances in the 2011 regular season. Yankee DH, Jorge Posada is batting a dismal .169 outside of the Bronx this season. Posada is a major liability at the plate tonight in Comerica Park, as he only had 13 RBIs and struck out in a whopping 23.9 percent of his plate appearance on the road this year. Compare Martinez’s and Posada’s offensive production this season.

With a struggling pitcher on the mound and slumping bats at the plate will tonight be the end of the Yankees’ season?

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Keys to the Game: Tigers Vs. Yankees, ALDS Game 1, September 30, 2011

September 30, 2011

The Yankees finished the regular season with the best record in the AL, but are in for a tough ALDS against the AL Central Champion, Detroit Tigers. Both clubs hit a bit of a skid to end the season with Detroit dropping their last five games and the Yankees losing four in a row. The post-season will start the same way as the regular season, as Justin Verlander will square off against C.C. Sabathia. Perennial Cy Young favorite and AL pitching Triple Crown winner, Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40 ERA), won 12 starts in a row before recording a no-decision in his last outing of the season. However, Verlander twice failed to defeat the Yankees in his two starts against the Bombers this season, while recording a 4.50 ERA. Similarly Yankees’ ace, C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 ERA) failed to record a win against Detroit this season and had a 4.15 ERA in two starts. Compare how Verlander and Sabathia have pitched this season based on their Earned Runs allowed per week.

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The Tigers have a fantastic duo at the plate with AL Batting Champion Miguel Cabrera, who batted .344 with 105 RBIs, and Victor Martinez, who knocked in 102 Runs and batted .330. The Yankees scored an incredible 867 Runs this season and lead the league with 222 Home Runs. The Yankees’ Curtis Granderson lead the Majors with 41 Home Runs and lead the AL with 119 RBIs. The Yankees also had two other 100 RBIs hitters as Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira knocked in 118 and 111 RBIs respectively. Compare tonight’s starting lineup for Detroit and New York.

DET: RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)


NYY: RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

The Tigers won the regular 4-3 and have arguably the best pitcher in the game. The Yankees do have the best closer of all time in Mariano Rivera, so New York will have a edge in the final frame if the game is close.

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Keys to the Game: Rays Vs. Yankees, September 22, 2011

September 22, 2011

Tonight the New York Yankees look to complete a four game sweep of Tampa Bay. The Rays desperately need a win to capitalize on the Red Sox recent dismal outings against Baltimore. Fortunately for the Rays, Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.81 ERA) will take the hill for the Yankees tonight. Colon is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA against the Rays this season and he hasn’t won a game since July 30th. Check out the struggling Colon’s numbers over his last eight starts.

ER Allowed (Blue), Strikouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The Rays will give their top pitching prospect, Matt Moore, his first Major League start. Hopefully for Moore and the Rays, the Yankee will still be hungover from their champagne fueled clubhouse celebration last evening for clinching the AL East.

The Yankees will rest AL RBI leader Curtis Granderson and a few September call-ups will start for the Yankees tonight. Compare the offense production this season of each side’s starting lineup this evening. The Rays are clearly fielding a more potent lineup.

RBIs (Blue), HRs (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

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30/30 Club

September 6, 2011

Joining the 30/30 Club is a great personal honor for Major League hitters. It takes a special type of player who is able to both hit for power and speed quickly between the bags to accumulate the 30 Home Runs and 30 Stolen Bases required for membership. So far only the Dodger’ Matt Kemp has joined the 30/30 Club with his 32 Home Runs and 37 Stolen Bases. Check out how close some other hitter are from joining Kemp.

HRs (Blue), Stolen Bases (Orange) & Stolen Bases Caught (Green)

Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun is closest to joining the 30/30 club as he only needs 3 more Home Runs to complement his 31 Stolen Bases.  Curtis Granderson of the Yankees is six swipes away, but his low Stolen Base success rate of 69% could leave him a bag or two shy from tacking another honor onto his already spectacular season. Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury’s lack of power hitting, he only has 24 Home Runs, has barred his entrance so far and he must drastically increase his average of .18 Home Runs per game if he hopes to be part of the 30/30 Club.  With 25 Home Runs and 23 Stolen Bases, the Ranger’s Ian Kinsler has an outside shot of joining club.  However, Kinsler stole nine bases in August and has four Home Runs in 5 games already in September.

Which of these players do you think will join the 2011 30/30 Club?

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Granderson vs. Ellsbury, Who is the Real MVP?

September 2, 2011
One of the subplots of the neck and neck pennant race between the Yankees and Red Sox this summer has been the breakout seasons by both teams center fielders. Center fielders are measured by many things, some intangible and not seen in the box score every day. The great ones combine power, speed and defense and lead their teams to victory.

First, lets looks a Curtis Granderson of the Yankees. After a ho-hum season last year in the Bronx, his first, Granderson has been huge for the Yankees this season, winning games with both his bat and his glove, as he did last night against the Red Sox. In a 2011 campaign where the A-Rod has been sidelined with injury, Granderson has paced the Yankees offense and has clearly been the Yankees Most Valuable Player. Has he been the MVP of the league? Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Home Runs (Blue), Stolen Bases (Orange), Assists (Green)

Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox has had a breakout year.  Ellsbury clearly is a talented athlete, but Boston, like New York, is a tough town that can overwhelm anyone feint of heat.  He has battled a reputation as dogging it after several injuries, and some have even questioned his guts.  Yet this season Ellsbury has been the main guy for the Sox.  Against the Yankees, he has had several big hits and he is fast becoming a hero to Red Sox Nation.  Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Home Runs (Blue), Stolen Bases (Orange), Assists (Green)

So who is the real MVP?  Well, the season still has a month to go, and with the Yankees and the Red Sox tied for first in the loss column, perhaps the month of September will tell the tale…

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The Grandy-Man Can!

August 25, 2011

Playing Centerfield for the New York Yankees is perhaps the most marquee position in all of professional sports. Following in the footsteps of Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Bernie Williams is not easy, especially for a quiet, unassuming and soft-spoken Midwesterner. Enter Curtis Granderson, otherwise known as the ‘Grandy-man’ for the home run call given to him by John Sterling, the Yankees radio announcer. Granderson is making a strong case for being the MVP of the American League. Check out his stats here:

Hits (Blue), Home Runs (Orange), RBI (Green)

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How Many Home Runs will Curtis Granderson Hit From August 22 to 29?

August 18, 2011

HOME RUNS PER WEEK

STEP 1: Let’s look at the number of Home Runs that Curtis Granderson has hit every week this season up to August 17. Home Runs are the orange bars.

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Is the overall trend for the number of Home Runs on the rise? The trend is the blue line. His overall average is 1.6 Home Runs per week. Based on 34 Home Runs in 119 games, his average per game is 0.29.

CURTIS GRANDERSON’S SCHEDULE

STEP 2: What teams will he be facing in the week of August 22 to 29? Are they home or away games? We’ll use this information later on.

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HOME RUNS AGAINST OPPONENTS

STEP 3: How did Curtis Granderson do for Home Runs against each of the teams he faced? How did he do against the teams he will face in August 22 to 29?

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(Up to August 17)

In 6 games against Oakland he had 2 Home Runs for an average of 0.33 per game.
In 9 games against Baltimore he had 1 Home Run for an average of 0.11 per game.

HOME RUNS IN HOME VS. AWAY GAMES

STEP 4: If we break down Home Runs by home vs. away games, is there a noticable difference?

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In 62 home games, Curtis Granderson hit 19 Home Runs for an average of 0.31 Home Runs per game.
In 57 away games, Curtis Granderson hit 15 Home Runs for an average of 0.26 Home Runs per game.

Summary: Click here for some guesses for Home Runs for Curtis Granderson in August 22 to 29

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Desert Derby

July 11, 2011

Tonight is the League’s annual showcase of the Long Ball.  This year’s participants were chosen by American League Captain and 2010 Home-Run Derby Champion, David Ortiz and National League Captain and the 2009 Derby Champion, Prince Fielder.  Ortiz chose an all AL East squad of his Boston teammate Adrian Gonzalez, New York’s Robinson Cano, and the Major League leader in Home Runs (31) Toronto’s Jose Bautista.  Matt Holliday of St Louis, Matt Kemp of Los Angeles and Fielder’s Milwaukee teammate Rickie Weeks will represent the National League.  While a few of the Major League’s most productive sluggers are absent, particularly the Yankee’s duo of Curtis Granderson (25) and Mark Teixeira (25), the eight participants tonight are no offensive slouches.

Home Runs (Blue), Hits (Orange), RBIs (Green)

Bautista has been putting up stellar offensive number in the Rogers Centre and on the road, leading the Majors in both home and road home runs.  Interestingly, the Boston duo of Ortiz and Gonzalez have been more offensively productive outside of Fenway Park so for in 2011.

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The great news for the participates, and the fans, is that Chase Field is one of the most hitter friendly parks in the Majors with a Home-Run Park Factor of 1.293.  Hopefully for the fan’s sake, sorry participates, Chase Field’s retraceable roof stays open tonight for the contest so we can see many balls soar into the stands.

See how the sluggers are hitting

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