Curtis Granderson said it again last night. He said he’s not a home run hitter.
“He’s going to hit a lot of home runs for a guy not being a home run hitter,” Joe Girardi said. “I was not a home run hitter.”
That part is true, Girardi was not a home run hitter. He wasn’t a home run hitter when he came to the Yankees, and he never became a home run hitter. But Granderson has changed during his time in pinstripes, and whether he wants to admit it or not, he’s clearly become a home run hitter. If he doesn’t notice it, certainly other people do.
“He’s figured it out. I know before he got to us he’d had some struggles against left-handers at times, and he made an adjustment about August 1, 2010 and he’s been a completely different player. … (He’s come) a long, long way. He’s a guy that you don’t move against left-handers. You leave him where he’s at because you know you’re going to get production. He’s going to hit the ball hard and he’s going to give you a great at-bat. He’s come a long way.”
“As far as hitting lefties, he stays on the ball. He covers everything pretty much in the strike zone, and I think that’s the biggest adjustment he’s made is being able to cover pitches away, hit them to left field, left-center and being able to turn on pitches in. … He chased a little more (years ago), but he’s been able to make adjustments to lay off pitches and be able to cover pitches in the zone really well.”
“It was never a talk about we’ve got to increase the power numbers or anything. The main thing was, when we made the change a couple of years back, was just to get consistent against them like we can against righties. If the power comes, great, but it’s definitely not the mindset or the reason we’re making the changes. The fact Kevin Long (who’s left-handed) throws batting practice and I’m able to see live results off him on the field, I think that helps out a lot. He’s able to throw it consistently, so throughout the course of the week there’s a good chance, even if we’re not facing a lefty, I’ll face him a couple of times and it gets me ready.”
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