There was good dialogue in the comments on my Curtis Granderson 2012 fantasy that I wrote while lip-synching to Taylor Swift. I’ll give you the gist since your clickie finger doesn’t always work so well. I’m paraphrasing, btw. Frequent commenter, Oaktown Steve, said, “Granderson was working the shortest part of the park pretty well last year. I think there’s something to be said for knowing how to take advantage of your home yard. Might have figured it out. When I saw him this year I saw very quick hands inside, especially against left handers.” I said, “And what if pitchers work him away more in 2012 and that short porch (that he had in 2010 that he didn’t work) does nothing for him?” Then Oaktown Steve said, “Different adjustments will have to be made. He gets 100 runs and 100 RBIs with no problem in that lineup.” Then I said, “He didn’t get 100 runs and 100 RBIs in 2010 in a solid lineup.” Then Oaktown Steve said, “His 2010 September was huge and that was portending a huge 2011.” Then I said, “Then is his poor September in 2011 portending a bad 2012?” Then Oaktown Steve said, “I never used the word portending. Are you even using that word correctly?” Then I said, “I’m not sure.” Then Oaktown Steve said, “I didn’t say any of these last few statements.” Then I said, “Yeah, but I have to wrap up this conversation somehow.” Then Oaktown Steve said, “It’s a wrap!” And I said, “Now you owe Bobby Valentine a nickel.” So what can we expect of Curtis Granderson for 2012 fantasy baseball and what makes him overrated?
His HR/FB rate last year was silly. Silly as in too high. Not too high as Cheech and Chong would’ve intended it. His career HR/FB% (with the huge 2011) is 13.9. Last year it was 20.9. Not repeatable, unless Zoltar’s still taking wishes. Last year his K-rate went up and his line drives fell. That sounds like a recipe for disaster that the Barefoot Contessa would not be happy to serve Jeffrey. (BTW, the Barefoot Contessa is wildly attractive to me even though she’s not attractive at all. Is that weird? I feel like everyone should have one totally weird crush, right? I’m jealous of Jeffrey. I’d like to poach her fish! Okay, I’m weird.) Grandy’s BABIP wasn’t totally crazy, but he’s barely a .260 hitter without luck. Okay, and he’s about to turn 31 years old. He’s getting better? Nope. His steals and power are there to an extent, so I’m not totally down on him in the sexual way (not that there’s anything wrong with that). He should be good for 27 to 32 homers and 15 to 20 steals. But because of all the potential pitfalls, I wouldn’t go anywhere near him in the 2nd round as he’s being drafted. Stamped: Schmohawk!