Unlike some players who have noticeable trends towards being a first-half or second-half player, Curtis Granderson is almost dead even over his career. His first-half OBP? .342. Second-half? .340. His first-half slugging? .475. Second-half? .480. His first-half batting average? .271. His second-half? .268.
In other words, Granderson isn’t typically the kind of guy who has a huge surge after he takes off for the All-Star break. Does that mean it won’t happen this year? Not at all. And the Yankees are certainly hoping that Granderson bucks his own trend a little, as they’ve been (understandably) disappointed with his overall production.
To be fair, Granderson has had a few moments (he also battled an injury) yet ultimately it’s hard to call his first half with the Yankees much more than average. Most of the “grades” I’ve seen writers and bloggers do for the Yankees have Granderson in or around a “C” and I can’t really disagree. At the very least, Granderson has failed to show the improvement against lefties that he (and the team) was hoping for (.537 OPS).
Obviously the Yankees have been doing fine without Granderson’s typical impact but you know there will be some valleys during the course of the second half. Will Granderson step up and be the kind of star the Yankees imagined when they traded for him?
* That’s an AP photo of Granderson from the series in Seattle.