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Case in point, MASN announcers trying to stress how vital Granderson is to the Yankees.
They show a table to players who “have the most homeruns that have either tied the game or giving their team the lead” to prove a point.
Granderson has 16 of such homeruns.
The problem is…a homerun in the first inning of a game making it 1-0 ends up on this list.
Not a great indicator of how “clutch” a guy is.
Granderson has 9 such homers this year. Another 5 in the 2d inning.
In fact, innings 1-3 find him hitting nearly .300 AVG, SLG over .500, OPS near 1.000 and half of his 34 homeruns have been hit in the early frames.
But once the game gets into the deeper innings, it gets real ugly. Real fast.
This is where Granderson is tragically bad. (Though not as bad as that big o’fer in extra-innings he has posted all season).
The key stat (if any of those can be “key”) is OPS+. An OPS+ of 100 = league average. More than that is good, below is is sub-par. In the most important situations he isn’t even half as good as an average big-league hitter.
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But unfortunately not when we need him to.
Meet Mr. Clutch, Raul Ibanez:
Of Raul Ibanez’s 6 HRs this season, 3 of them have given the Yankees the lead, 3 of them have come with 2 outs, and 4 of them have come in the 6th inning or later. His 3-run shot off King Felix fit all of those parameters.
“I try not to think about it too much,” Ibanez said. “I just try to hit the ball solidly. What I can tell you is that before that third at-bat, Kevin Long told me I was rushing it a little bit, and I tried to incorporate that. And it worked out.”
Source: Marc Carig