NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Is the city’s baseball landscape about to shift?
Curtis Granderson, who played for the Yankees from 2010-13 and is entering his second season with the Mets, certainly thinks so.
On Tuesday, the three-time All-Star was asked the following question from Mets camp: “Are the Mets ready to take over New York?”
The affable outfielder didn’t hesitate before responding with confidence.
“I think we’re primed and ready for it,” the 33-year-old told reporters in Port St. Lucie, Fla. “We got a lot of guys that are in position to do it. Obviously the captain, who’s been there, who’s been the face of the organization and (is) very known not only in New York and baseball but everywhere in the world in general.
“Then you got a guy coming back that everybody’s excited to see in Matt Harvey. Then you got some new emerging faces such as Juan Lagares, whose got a Gold Glove, which speaks for itself. Lucas Duda with 30 home runs. Michael Cuddyer who has been able to adapt both in the American League and the National League.
“And you mix into that any and everything else that has been talked about in this organization, (and) there’s a lot of positives going on looking at this 2015 season. I’m excited to see what we can do for the city.”
The Yankees, who attempted to get younger this offseason and uncharacteristically didn’t spend much money on free agents, are looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
The Mets are stocked with young talent and a loaded pitching staff, but the offense remains a question mark. With the Nationals expected to win the National League East, New York will likely have to clinch one of the two NL wild-card berths to return to the postseason for the first time since 2006.
The Amazin’s have posted six consecutive losing seasons.