Granderson led off and went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Tigers. Granderson's first hit in Dodger blue fittingly left the ballpark, giving him an even 20 homers on the year. The 36-year-old batted leadoff Sunday with Chris Taylor receiving a routine day off, but he should see most of his at-bats in the middle of the order. Despite his paltry .226 batting average, Granderson should see an uptick in RBI opportunities now that he's a part of a more potent lineup.
Granderson will make his Dodgers debut Saturday against the Tigers, patrolling left field and hitting fifth, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Granderson was acquired from the Mets, along with cash, in exchange for a player to be named later. He figures to play every day against righties, so it is no surprise to see him in the lineup with Michael Fulmer starting for Detroit. The trade should provide a slight boost in fantasy value for Granderson down the stretch, as he will be hitting in the middle of one of the most potent lineups in baseball whenever the Dodgers face a righty. Joc Pederson is expected to take the biggest playing time hit as a result of the trade.
Granderson was acquired from the Mets for cash considerations or a player to be named later on Friday. Given the myriad injuries the Dodgers have suffered in the outfield, Granderson will give the club a much-needed option to cover all three spots. The Dodgers are going to be loaded with left-handed power bats come the playoffs, as Granderson joins Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and the injured Andre Ethier in Los Angeles. It's unclear what role Granderson will occupy, but expect him to get semi-regular at-bats against right-handed pitching.
Granderson is not in the lineup Friday against the Marlins. Granderson retreats to the bench for the second time in the last three games after going 1-for-3 with a grand slam and a pair of walks during Thursday's loss to the Yankees. Brandon Nimmo draws the assignment in right field in his stead.
Granderson hit a grand slam and walked twice in Thursday's loss to the crosstown Yankees. It was Granderson's 19th home run of the year and pushed his runs batted in to 52. While his batting average has decreased in each of the past two seasons (currently down to .228), his slugging percentage is at .481 -- on pace to be his highest since 2012 when he was with the Yankees.
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