For a guy who doesn’t consider himself a home-run hitter, Curtis Granderson sure sends up a lot of homers. After hitting No. 33 on Saturday, the MVP candidate was tied with the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista for the major-league lead.
“Since he made that adjustment in Texas (last August), he’s been a different guy,” Joe Girardi said. “The real difference to me is really against left-handers. I think he has 11 home runs off left-handers, more homers off of lefties than anyone in baseball. That’s not common that you see a left-handed hitter be the guy leading in that category.
“But he just seems to make solid contact. He’s got bat speed. He pulls the ball. He seems to hit homers the other way. We’ve seen him hit them all over. He just has a lot of power. When you look at his frame, that’s not what you necessarily think of. But he does.”
Granderson was also leading the majors with 33 RBI off lefties. Overall, he owns a team-high 94 RBI and is batting .275. He has 18 doubles, nine triples and 22 steals.