Saturday, September 4, 2010
Wright and Granderson hot for New York
New York City is home to two of the hottest hitters in baseball right now - one in each league. The New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets' David Wright have both rebounded after relatively slow starts.
After a rough series at the beginning of April against the Boston Red Sox, Granderson reportedly requested that Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long take a look at his swing. A few adjustments later and it appears as though something is clicking. Granderson helped the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two walks.
And although the Mets lost Friday to the Chicago Cubs, Wright recorded his second straight multi-hit game. He had been 2-for-22 in his previous six games, with just two RBI and three times as many strikeouts as walks.
One of the keys against the Cubs was his success against pitches down and away. Nine of the 20 pitches he saw (45 percent) were in that location, and the Mets third baseman went 2-for-4 on pitches in that spot. For the season, Wright is hitting just .194 on down-and-away pitches put in play - his worst batting average among the nine spots.