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Granderson and the strikeouts

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 08, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

One more thing on Curtis Granderson…

According to FanGraphs, his groundball rate is basically the same as last year. His fly ball rate has dipped quite a bit, but that’s because his line drive rate is the highest of his career. His walk percentage is basically the same as last year, but there’s been a noticeable increase in his strikeout rate. Granderson has always struck out a lot — it’s the reality of him as a player — but this year, he’s striking out in a higher percentage of at-bats than ever before, and he has no idea why.

“I’ve done all the same things I’ve done in the past,” he said. “Choke up with two strikes, spread out a little more with two strikes, try to just put it in play. Sometimes, I’m just swinging and missing. … It’s an out. We make a lot of outs through the course of this game. On a good day you’re still going to make a lot of outs. That’s just part of it. Sometimes you’re going to swing and miss, sometimes you’re going to hit into double plays, sometimes you’re going to fly out, sometimes you’re going to ground out. Right now, it happens to be that sometimes I’m getting more strikeouts than outs other ways.”

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