Curtis Granderson just might be the most important player on the Yankees roster. Actually, he might be the most important player on any roster. That’s what this stat suggests, anyway:
The Yankees are 24-2 when Granderson drives in a run.
According to Elias, the record of 23-2 heading into last night’s game was the best record of any major league team in games in which one particular player had an RBI. I have to assume that was still the best such record after last night’s win.
Truth is, I doubt that stat proves anything other than the fact RBIs are good and some stats are strange, but a productive Granderson is clearly good for the Yankees. Until the ninth inning, Granderson’s at-bats were by far the most interesting thing about last night’s game. It was his first test with altered mechanics, and he was terrific.
“If we didn’t get anything going good today, I would continue working on it tomorrow one way or another,” he said after the game. “It’s still a work in progress.”
Here’s Granderson speaking after the game. He seems to think most of this is not a big deal, and that’s probably a good thing, but I think a big-name player trying to alter his mechanics — beyond the normal tweaks and adjustments — this late into the season is kind of fascinating.