Hard-hitting New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson has struggled mightily against left-handed pitching this year, according to a July 26 report from FantasyPros.com. Granderson, 34, is hitting .125 off lefties, with just two RBIS in 72 at-bats, along with a putrid .160 on-base percentage.
Those stats are far off from his career average. Let's be honest: The Mets now have a large enough sample size to determine that the former New York Yankees standout is over-matched when he's not facing right-handed pitching.
Is it time for Mets manager Terry Collins to set up a platoon situation at left field? There's no doubt about it. New York is in the thick of a playoff race, so they can't keep trotting Granderson out against left-handed pitchers.
He has become a sure out in such situations. There's no more waiting in the "Big Apple." This is a win now team, and that means the guys who hit are the ones who will play. It shouldn't matter that Granderson is earning an average annual salary of $15 million. All that should matter is winning, and to do that, the Mets may need to set up a platoon in the outfield.
Luckily, there are plenty of cheap, viable options out on the open market, that could easily settle things down in New York. What should the Mets do to correct the issue? Fortunately, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur is available. Francoeur, 31, is a former Met who could make an immediate positive impact.
Sure its true he swings at a lot of wild pitches, but he would be an instant upgrade over Granderson, at least when it comes to hitting lefties. "Frenchy" is batting .232 against left-handed pitching this season, with two homers and 15 RBIs. His .264 on-base percentage against lefties is over 100 points better than Granderson.
The Mets are doing whatever is necessary to upgrade the 25-man roster. Calling up Michael Conforto and dealing for Juan Uribe were nice little moves, but more can be done to boost the offense. Trading for Francoeur may be the final piece to the puzzle.