After the first 20 games of the season, Curtis Granderson is hitting an unsightly .116 with a .225 on base percentage. While Granderson’s miniscule BABIP (.156) is due to increase, his lack of production so far in 2014 isn’t due to bad luck.
Apr 8, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) jogs to first against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Mets won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
When examining BABIP, it’s important to also take a look at batted ball percentages.
So far in 2014, Granderson’s ground ball percentage is 42.2 % (high, but right around where it was earlier in his career), and his fly ball percentage is 44.4 % (near where it’s been over the last seven seasons).
What’s alarming for Granderson in 2014 more than anything else, is his line drive percentage, which sits at just 13.3 % – well below where it’s been at any point in his career.
Of all the balls Granderson has put in play this season, just six have been line drives.
The problem is two-fold for Granderson.
The first, is that he’s swinging at way too many pitches that are outside the zone.
The second, is that when he makes contact (often on pitches that are outside the zone), he’s not hitting the ball hard.
Until Granderson adjusts his approach, any marked improvement is unlikely.