NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Despite Curtis Granderson’s brutally slow start to the season, the Mets are surprisingly 14-11 and in second place in the National League East.
But if the Amazin’s plan on shocking the baseball world and contending for a playoff berth, the affable right fielder will need to start hitting.
CC Sabathia has faith in his former Yankees teammate.
“It’s baseball, man,” the starting pitcher, who played with Granderson from 2010-2013, told NJ.com. “I know Curtis has been playing a long time. He’s a (veteran). He knows how to turn a page.”
General manager Sandy Alderson signed the three-time All-Star to a four-year, $60 million contract in the offseason in an effort to add power to the lineup. After hitting cleanup at the beginning of the season, manager Terry Collins has batted Granderson second recently to get him better pitches to hit.
“That guy’s got the greatest attitude I’ve ever been around,” Sabathia told the website in regard to the 2011 Silver Slugger Award winner. “He’s dealt with failure better than anybody I’ve been around. I’m sure he’ll come out of this and perform well over there.”
The 2011 American League RBI leader played in just 61 games in 2013 and has had to adjust to a new league in addition to a much more spacious park in Citi Field.
But any way you slice it, the 33-year-old has been flat-out bad.
In 24 games Granderson is batting .129 (11-for-85) with just one home run and seven RBIs. He’s struck out 28 times and owns a miserable .242 on-base percentage.
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