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.