New York Mets vs. New York Yankees: 5 Bold Predictions For Subway Series

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Apr 22, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) crosses the plate to score during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. New York Mets won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

In his first season with the Mets, Curtis Granderson got off to a very slow start. He wasn’t getting many hits, or getting on base very frequently in general. His power also seemed to disappear, as he hit only one home run in April. It wasn’t until a two-game set against the Yankees that he found his power stroke.

In the two games against the Yankees last season, Granderson raised his batting average and on-base percentage by 20 points and his slugging by 28 points as he was glad to be back in Yankee Stadium with the short porch in right field.

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Fast forward to this season, and there are some similarities for Granderson. His role is a little different this season as the primary leadoff man, so his lack of power isn’t as concerning, but he is still not hitting well. While his on-base percentage looks much better this time around because of 16 walks already drawn, he is still leaving something to be desired in the batting average department, hitting only .200 on the season.

With that approach, Granderson has drastically cut down on his strikeouts, going down on strikes only nine times thus far with a healthy .375 OBP. But old habits die hard, and in his return to the place he called home for four seasons, he will look like the Granderson of old.

Granderson will have five times as many extra base hits when he leaves the Bronx as when he entered it. To be clear, he only has one on the season, so we are predicting that he hits at least four against the Yankees, including his first two home runs of the season. At least one of the home runs will be of the leadoff variety, as Granderson will show that he’s still got it when he needs to show it off.

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