This time last year, you were hearing a lot of whispers about how Nick Swisher was primed for a bounceback year (OK, I wrote it). Swish was coming off an embarrassing season in Chicago, where he set a career low in wOBA, while batting just .219. This, though, was a prime example as to why batting average is not an indicator of actual performance. In the article linked above, I labeled Swish unlucky, and for good reason. Even though his line drive rate was a career high, his BABIP was just .249. Hitting the ball hard, with the same relative frequency, resulting in fewer hits = UNLUCKY.
That brings us to Curtis Granderson. Yankee fans are all at half mast thinking about the fact that Grandy hit 30 home runs in 2009 while playing half of his games in a canyon, but there is more to what he can, and in my opinion will, add to the 2010 Yankees.… Click here to read the rest