It was not until Curtis Granderson's fourth full season that he cracked 30 home runs for the first time. Even in his (somewhat injury-shortened) debut year at Yankee Stadium, Granderson hit only 24 homers. One of the first things he said after officially signing with the Mets was that he does not consider himself a home run hitter.
Yet the Mets are paying Granderson $60 million primarily to whack balls over the fence. It's a gamble; to many around the game, the question seems to be not whether Granderson will endure a power drop-off at Citi Field, but how large that decrease will be.
"I've never gone up to a situation trying to do anything out there except for get a good pitch and try to hit it and do some damage with it," Granderson said shortly after the ink dried on his four-year contract. "In Citi Field, some of that damage might be a little different than others. But as long as you're going ahead and putting the bat on the ball and doing the things you know you can, you have a chance to score some runs."
How many runs is what Mets fans want to know. According to the website HitTracker Online, one out of every five homers Granderson hit from 2001-13 would not have gone out of Citi Field. Though Citi's dimensions are not what they once were, and though the park has never been as tough on left-handed hitters as on -- ahem, Jason Bay -- righties, Granderson is coming directly from one of the league's foremost launching pads.
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