Yankees O/U: Granderson & Gardner
Player: Curtis Granderson
Stat: Runs Batted In
The Number: 100
Report: In 2011,Curtis Granderson had exceeded the expectations and went on to have a monster campaign, hitting 41 HR’s & 119 RBI’s. Granderson led the major leagues in run scored (136) & was able to coax out 85 walks from pitchers all while keeping his average at .262. He was even able to swipe 25 bases, being second on the team in the stolen base category.
But one of the things that Granderson was able to accomplish was hitting left handed pitching. He had a .272 AVG vs. left handed hitters in 2011 after not being able to hit left handers during his years in Detroit with the Tigers.
Yes, Granderson had a good year all around, All around except in 1 category: Strikeouts. He had 169 strikeouts during the 2011 campaign.
The Verdict: So will Granderson go over 100 RBI’s in 2012 or will he go under? I’m predicting that Granderson will have about 115 RBI’s this season if he can keep his strikeouts down in 2012.
Player: Brett Gardner
Stat: Stolen Base
The Number: 50
Report: Brett Gardner had a very streaky 2011, but despite hitting .259 with 7 HR’s & 36 RBI’s he was able to steal 49 bases throughout the year. Gardner may have not have been hitting to his full potential, but he was still able to coax out the walk pass from time to time.
In 2011, Gardner had 60 BB and something else that might have helped him; being hit by a pitch. Gardner had a career high 8 HBP (although I’m unsure why any pitcher would hit Gardner if he’s going to become a headache for you at 1st base). Yes, Gardner was streaky, but he was still very good at getting on base, something that has not only helped his stats, but has helped the Yankees.
The Verdict: Gardner has the speed and the discipline to steal bases but it all depends how he does at the plate. Something that could help him though is if he was a red hot hitter throughout the entire year and not just in the middle of the season. With that being said, I’m predicting Gardner steals 50-55 bags this year. 50 wasn’t completely out of his reach last year.
So what are your thoughts? Do you think that Granderson will go over/under 100 RBI’s? Do you think that Gardner will go over/under 50 SB in 2012? Put your thoughts in the comment section below.