Curtis Granderson #28
- Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 185
- 2008 Stats: .280 – 22 HR – 66 RBI
If anyone doubted Curtis Grandersonâ€™s value atop the Tigers lineup, the first few weeks of 2008 likely convinced them. Without their leadoff hitter â€“ Granderson suffered a broken finger at the end of Spring Training â€“ the Tigersâ€™ offense sputtered and, in case you’d forgotten, the team started the season 0-7.
When Granderson returned to the team, he started strong, hitting .375 in April before a May slump brought his average down. In June, though, he hit .364 followed by a .324 month of July.
One area in which the Tigers wanted to see improvement from their centerfielder was in the number of strikeouts, and since 2006, Granderson has made a dramatic turnaround, slashing his strikeouts from 174 in â€™06 to 111 last season. Whatâ€™s more, in 2008 he boosted his success against lefties by nearly 100 points from 2007â€™s dreary .160 average.
Entering his fifth major-league season, he continues to show power to all fields with a stroke that has few holes. The bottom line: As Granderson goes, so goes the Tigers’ lineup. Expect that trend to continue this season.