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  1. Obviously. In his last four seasons, he’s had one great year and been a .244 hitter aside from that year. His percentage of pitches he swings at that are outside of the strikezone is 30 percent while pitchers have thrown him fewer strikes every year. Out of all pitches seen last year, only 40 percent were strikes, and Granderson managed to walk just 75 times while whiffing 195 times.

    While he still has power, he only had 18 doubles… he’ll never hit .300 again or have 10(or 23 like he had in his best season six years ago.) His speed and defense are both in decline. The Tigers easily got the better of the trade in retrospect. Austin Jackson is only getting better, Coke showed up in the postseason, and Scherzer has become one of the most dominant pitchers in the the majors. Granderson’s batting average and overall offensive stats could really be a product of falling in love with fastballs and homeruns. A guy with his speed should easily be getting more than 18 doubles. He’s not a guy with Adam Dunn’s speed and homerun or strikeout skills.

    So… he’s slipped defensively mostly, but his offense has to be partly falling in love with hitting homeruns.

    Comment by Kyle — December 5, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

  2. another lefty whose swing and contact has been ruined by the short porch in the new Yankee Stadium.

    Comment by darrell berger — December 7, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

  3. He set a career high in LD% last season. As long as his strikeouts don’t climb, he should be ok.

    Comment by Joe — December 30, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

  4. what hurts his babip is the shift. as long as he keeps hitting majority of balls where the defense puts extra players then hes gna have a worse than avg babip, as common sense would say.

    still a big time fantasy asset. only player with b2b 100/40/100 seasons. also as u stated his power vs lefties is a real asset. not being able to negate his power like u can with majority of lefty power bats really gives him in advantage in the hr depo. all or nothing isnt necessarily a problem if they connect on the all 35+ times with double digit sbs.

    Comment by scott — February 13, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

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