Tag:Curtis Granderson
Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:30 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 2:23 am

Jeter's move: Heads-up or bush-league?

Derek Jeter
There are two reasons the tempest over Derek Jeter's fake hit-by-pitch Wednesday will remain in its teapot: The Yankees didn't win the game, and it was Jeter.

In case you missed it, the rubber game of the big Yankees-Rays series appeared to turn on an Oscar-worthy performance by Jeter when a seventh-inning pitch hit the knob of his bat. The ball stayed fair and was fielded for what would have been an out, but the Yankees shortstop grimaced like he'd been shot, and was awarded first base.

Rays manager Joe Maddon argued and was ejected, and -- naturally -- Curtis Granderson followed by hitting a two-run homer to put the Yankees up 3-2. Thankfully for the Rays, Dan Johnson came to the rescue with a second two-run homer to give Tampa Bay a 4-3 win and make the Jeter play a non-issue.

Jeter joked about the play after the game. When asked what the histrionics were about, he answered "Vibration. And acting."

He said he was just taking advantage of an opportunity for a free base in a big game.

"My job is to get on. They said it hit me, and I'm not going to argue."

When considering whether Jeter was being a gamer or a weasel, think about this: What would the reaction be if it had been Alex Rodriguez? It would be a repeat of The Slap.

But with Jeter being Jeter, and because the play didn't determine the game's outcome, the phantom HBP will likely fade out after the usual New York media mini-storm.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 7:11 pm

Is DeJesus better than Damon and Granderson?

David DeJesus In Jon Heyman's latest article for Sports Illustrated , he quotes a general manager saying that David DeJesus is better than Curtis Granderson and Johnny Damon -- the two premier outfielders who shifted teams in the offseason.

Is that true?

Of the three, Curtis Granderson is the youngest at 26 years of age, albeit by just a year ahead of David DeJesus. Damon is an old fogey by comparison, checking in at 36.

DeJesus is outperforming everyone, even though Granderson is in a friendly home park and Damon is coming off a season with a .854 OPS, fourth-best of his career (with seasons 2 and 3 mere points ahead). At .331/.398/.478, DeJesus combines a strong bat with above-average defense and can play left and center. While this is likely his career year, he has a few more years ahead of him as an above-average contributor.

Damon is running out of those years and experiencing a power outage after departing Yankee Stadium. He no longer does any one thing particularly well (except drawing walks) but contributes enough in every facet of the game that he is still a strong complementary piece on a contending squad.

Granderson has to be considered one of the league's biggest disappointments after delivering 30 home runs for Detroit in 2009, a number that some felt could approach 40 with New York. Granderson has pretty clearly shown at this point that he is strictly a platoon player but is one of the better righty-killers in the league.

Granderson has a higher ceiling than DeJesus as well as an ability to make more of an impact, but the fact Granderson can't play against left-handers severely limits his value. The GM is probably spot on that DeJesus has better value today, but when both careers are examined in retrospect, it's likely Granderson will come out on top.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 11:36 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 11:52 pm

Ageless Moyer not slowing down

Jamie Moyer You watch Jamie Moyer and you wonder how, in nearly a quarter of a century, major-league hitters have not figured out how to hit this stuff.

But he just keeps doing it, making batters look silly with a fastball that tops out at 82 mph and a changeup slower than Bugs Bunny's. But being able to put the ball where you want it goes a long way. Check out the location chart from Wednesday's start against the Yankees.

At age 47, Moyer just keeps on going. In fact, he's not even slowing down. His WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) is on pace to be the fifth-best of his 24-year major league career.

On Wednesday, baseball's oldest player took the mound at the new Yankee Stadium for the first time, the 48th park he's pitched in. Some other numbers:

* At 47 years, 155 days of age, Moyer became the oldest pitcher ever to defeat the Yankees (Phil Niekro was 47 and 122 days).

* Moyer won his 265th game and stands 37th on baseball's career list.

* Moyer gave up two home runs and now has surrendered 504, just one behind Robin Roberts for the all-time lead.

* As noted by Tyler Kepner of the New York Times , Moyer was older than both men in the Yankees broadcast booth Wednesday night (Paul O'Neill and Al Leiter), Yankees manager Joe Girardi and four members of the New York coaching staff.

* Also via the Times , Moyer caught Mark Teixeira, Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson looking for his first three strikeouts of the night. The pitches were 80, 81 and 81 mph.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 5:06 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 5:11 pm

Yankees might be set in OF after all

Nick Swisher If you're like me, you stay up nights worrying about how to save the Yankees money.

Well, sleep tight, says Joel Sherman of the New York Post -- the Bombers might not have to pop for a big-money outfielder next winter after all if their current outfield keeps playing like this.

It has been assumed that the Yankees will add free-agents-to-be Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth to their Big Box O' All-Stars (hey, why not buy both?), but at the moment they have one of the better outfields in the American League.

Nick Swisher (.245 career average, now batting .301) is playing out of his mind, having his best season in virtually every statistical category. Curtis Granderson's numbers aren't great, but he's showed signs (a .978 OPS in May). Brett Gardner (.322 batting average, 22 steals) has given them more than they expected.

Tuesday night, the trio drove in the first four runs in an 8-3 victory over Yankee-killer Roy Halladay and the Phillies.

"I definitely do not think we are short in the outfield," hitting coach Kevin Long told the Post.

The question is, do the Yankees believe this level of play is sustainable for their current outfielders? If they do -- and there's a lot of season left before they have to make the call -- they might wonder how much improvement Crawford or Werth would bring with their huge pricetags.

-- David Andriesen

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