Posted by Ernest Dove at 10:00 AM
Well, obviously it would make a lot more sense (and generate more hits/page views) to talk Harvey Harvey Harvey, but i figure let the other great writers on this blog take care of that. I wanted to instead already get into the positive and possibly long term successful placement of Curtis Granderson into the leadoff spot for the New York Mets.
Ever since Grandy signed with the Mets, its been about making him into what maybe he just not is, a middle of the order guy. You can't argue its lack of power, because he has it. You can't argue lack of confidence or experience, because he has that. But, one way or another, he did not seemed destined for that role, no matter his paycheck or history (with Yankee Porch). So the Mets brass (who we all enjoy bashing, especially on social media) started experimenting with Grandy at leadoff last year, mainly due to not having much other options.
But, as we all know, Grandy had already gone through a horrendous March and April, and even when started to hit a little, it never really seemed to matter, or be relevant, based on the win loss record. Yet, here we are in 2015, and despite all the talk about Lagares and his speed (and great spring numbers) leading off, the Mets went with Grandyman at the top. And the results have been Amazin.
Look, he hasn't been Ricky Henderson up there hitting leadoff homers, but the Mets, specifically according to their philosophy, never worried about that. This team needs runs. This team needs timely hitting, and power. But you know what, this team also more importantly needs BASE RUNNERS. (I can still hear the Mets haters arguing about Duda seeming to hit too many solo homers, like it was his fault).
After a hot spring, Grandy has come right out of the gate........walking.......wait what? That's right, Grandy and his apparent eagle eye has been walking, like alot. Like seemingly every other at bat. So there you have it. A leadoff man who gets on base. Sure, he hasn't stolen a base yet, but there's other ways to score runs, like with timely hitting from the captain (slow start but nice timely hit with bases juiced yesterday) and the ever remaining fear that teams should have about Duda (doesnt look bad batting third).
However, there are other factors to consider. As my buddy has pointed out, Lagares doesnt seem to be that Amazin or comfortable hitting 6th this week. And Murphy, following injury, and minus a bloop oops hit that scored a run, hasnt exactly been inpiring in his spot in the order, but should that cause the Mets to move them around in the lineup to help them, even at the expense of moving Grandy off the top spot? Well, that's for the experts to decide (or for us to argue about).
For now, it's still April. Stats still barely matter in the grand scheme season of things, but since the team is sticking their neck out with their possibly uncoventional lineup for more then a game or two, why not let it ride?
This team is doing what we though (hoped) they would....which is PITCH. The offense is already showing to be better. They've had some timely hitting, following errors and the like. They've also seemingly done something else we're not used to as of Thursday, score in bunches, and score for the Dark Night himself (what, you thought I wouldn't mention him).
This is a new team ladies and gentlemen. This is not your.......well its not your 2014 Mets. Its a new day. I look forward more and more series wins, at home or on the road. And i have no problem seeing Grandyman leading it off.