The Mets continue to hit Curtis Granderson leadoff despite a subpar OBP with meat-of-the-order power. To wit, in 2016 both Granderson and Jedd Gyorko hit 30 homers with 59 RBI, checking in as the only two batters in the last five seasons to hit more homers than RBI-minus-homers. The odd thing is Granderson's walk rate is well above average; it's his traditionally low BABIP that torpedoes his average, hence OBP. Driving the low BABIP is a high flyball rate, but that of course supports swatting at least 20 homers in nine of his past ten seasons, only falling short in the injury-riddled 2013 campaign. For fantasy purposes it doesn't matter where Granderson hits, what he'll gain in RBI he'll lose in runs if moved down in the order. Despite entering the twilight of his career, Granderson is durable, garnering at least 629 plate appearances in nine of the past 11 seasons. If you have a batting average buffer, Granderson remains a great source for cheap power.
Granderson went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in Friday's 4-3 extra-inning loss to the Nationals. His solo shot in the sixth inning off Tanner Roark -- a monstrous blast into the second deck in right at Citi Field -- was his first homer of the season and tied the game at 3-3, but the Mets couldn't take advantage of the opportunity Granderson gave them. He's still hitting just .167 (10-for-60) on the year, but Friday's outburst might be a sign that he's about to shake out of his early slump.
Granderson will start in center field and bat leadoff for the Mets in Wednesday's game against the Phillies. Amid his early-season struggles, Granderson was given the night off Tuesday, allowing Michael Conforto to pick up the start in center field. Manager Terry Collins is hoping that a game on the bench is all it will take to spark Granderson, but the veteran could find himself on the bench in favor of Conforto more frequently if he fails to get going. Granderson doesn't provide much defensive value at this stage of his career, so there's little for the Mets to gain by handing him at-bats when he's striking out in 28.8 percent of his plate appearances.
Granderson is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies. Granderson hasn't been productive at the plate so far this season. After playing in 12 games, he has a .174/.235/.261 line and owns a 27.5 percent K-rate. Michael Conforto will start in center field and bat leadoff in Granderson's place.
Granderson is playing center field and leading off Thursday against the Marlins, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. The 36-year-old is back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch Wednesday, and with regular leadoff man Jose Reyes struggling mightily at the plate to begin the season (2-for-37 through nine games), Granderson will get an opportunity at the top of the order. This will be the third time he's leading off this season, though two of those instances came with Reyes on the bench, so it remains unclear whether he'll continue to see favorable lineup placement occasionally moving forward.
Granderson is a healthy scratch from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Phillies, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. Granderson was initially listed as the center field and leadoff hitter in Wednesday's lineup, but after the Mets ultimately decided to scratch him, there was some speculation that the 36-year-old might be nursing an injury. Instead, it appears manager Terry Collins simply wanted to give the veteran the night off, so Granderson is fully expected to play in Thursday's series-opener against the Marlins. Michael Conforto will replace Granderson in the lineup Wednesday.