New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is posting some historically bad numbers.
Curtis Granderson’s struggles have been well-documented, but does anyone realize just how bad he’s been?
The Grandy Man launched multiple homers in Tuesday night’s 7-4 victory over the Miami Marlins. Still, he’s been every bit as underwhelming during the 2016 season as Jason Bay was in Flushing.
“Grandy has not had a great season and certainly in recent weeks, recent days, has not performed to his expectations,” general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday, via Mike Puma of the New York Post.
While many will sugarcoat his struggles, let’s face the facts: Granderson is on pace to post the worst HR to RBI ratio in Major League history.
Since sabermetricians first started recording the home run and run batted-in more than a century ago, only a handful of position players have ever posted a HR to RBI ratio of under 2.000:
CURTIS GRANDERSON (2016) = 1.727 RBI / HR
Barry Bonds (2001) = 1.877 RBI / HR
Kevin Mass (1990) = 1.952 RBI / HR
Chris Duncan (2006) = 1.955 RBI / HR
Chris Hoiles (1992) = 2.000 RBI / HR
Now, it’s understandable that Granderson’s homer to runs batted-in ratio would be below-average. After all, thirteen of his blasts have come leading off an inning.
However, what this means is that the Grandy Man has driven in sixteen runners without the longball this season. Sixteen.
This can be explained quite simply: Granderson has the second-worst AVG w/RISP among qualifiers in the big leagues. He leads Derek Norris by two points.
Although he’s struck the ball better in recent days, the stats are still paltry. For Granderson and the Amazin’s, the next few weeks will be crucial.
Terry Collins is going to have to figure out something — fast.