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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
TC: Not time to sit Grandy

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson now is hitless in a career-high 22 straight at-bats. Yet after a 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night at Citi Field, Terry Collins indicated it is not yet time to sit the right fielder.

Granderson's average dipped to .116 in 69 at-bats as a Met, since signing a four-year, $60 million contract in December.

"He hasn't changed his demeanor at all, and that's why I know he's not letting this get to him," Collins said. "He's going to battle his way through it. There's a certain time, and you see it with a lot of guys, where after a while something is going to get slammed down. But he's handled it great."

As for continuing to start Granderson, Collins added: "I don't think there's any other way. It's April still. We've got to get him some at-bats and get him ready."

Overall, the Mets are hitting .219 as a team with a .294 on-base percentage and .311 slugging percentage. They have gone six straight games at Citi Field without homering -- their longest home streak since April 26-May 12, 2012.

Collins nonetheless offered some credit to Adam Wainwright, who limited the Mets to four hits in seven scoreless innings before departing with a hyperextended right knee.

An upbeat Wainwright expected to be fine for his next start.

"He was real good," Collins said. "[Hitting coach] Dave [Hudgens] went up and checked between innings and he was hitting the corners, as we know he can do. When he's on, he's tough to hit. He doesn't beat himself. He moves the ball in and out, in and out. He's throwing the cutter in on lefties. And he's backdooring the cutter, and sinking it in, sinking it away. He's really good."