Through Curtis Granderson's first 35 games as a Met, the numbers told a pretty stark story. His batting average: .185. OPS: .585. Home runs: three. Salary: $15 million, on average, over the next four years.
It turns out that all it took for the 33-year-old to find himself was a trip nine miles northwest, back to Yankee Stadium, with its inviting right field porch. In the top of the first inning against his former team on Tuesday, Granderson drilled a hanging, 79 mile-an-hour curve from Yankees starter Vidal Nuno over that right field wall. It gave the Mets an early 4-0 lead that ultimately became a 12-7 win – their sixth straight victory over their crosstown rivals. Video of Granderson's homer is below:
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Tuesday's home run was Granderson's second in as many days, after he slugged a two-run shot off of Hiroki Kuroda in the Mets’ 9-7 win on Monday.
Granderson, signed as a free agent by the Mets this winter after four years with the Yankees, hit 84 homers between 2011 and 2012. That's 10 more than anyone else in baseball. Forty-seven of those homers came in the Bronx, also an MLB-high for bombs hit at home during the time period. In just two games against his old teammates in his old ballpark, Granderson lifted his batting average by more than 20 points (to .205) and his OPS by nearly 80 (to .663) since he also had a single and two walks on the evening. The bad news is that he’ll soon have to find a way to produce outside of his old stomping grounds. The Mets won’t play at Yankee Stadium again this season – unless the clubs meet in the World Series, which, as both teams now sit at 19-19, seems unlikely.