What’s his role in 2017?
As Jose Reyes entered last season, that shifted Granderson out of the lead-off spot in the order. When Reyes debuted on July 5, Granderson was moved down to the two-spot. After a brief stint back in the lead-off slot in August, Granderson didn’t have a true place in the lineup. That is until his power surge in September saw him hit clean up.
I would think Terry Collins looked at September as a sign going forward of where Granderson’s home should be in this lineup. With Reyes back, Asdrubal Cabrera healthy, and Yoenis Cespedes in the fold, that’s your top third of the order. Then you get to Granderson who is still putting up solid power numbers.
Last year, August was tumultuous from the standpoint of figuring out which lineups worked. Granderson in that span, hit nearly everywhere from one to seven in the order. 2017 should offer more lineup stability.