I was planning on doing a breakdown of Curtis Granderson‘ BABIP and batted ball data at some point during the All Star break, but David Golebiewski at FanGraphs beat me too it. I recommend reading the whole thing obviously, but in summation: Grandy should improve in the second half because he’s been dealing with a little bit of bad luck this year. Frankly, it would be hard for him to do anything else at this point.
One thing I found interesting was that 37% of Granderson’s plate appearances this season have come against lefties (up 12-13% from past years), which you can attribute to the Yankees facing more lefthanders in general. They’ve already faced 31 lefthanded starters this season (37.8% of games), up from 33.3% last year and 30.2% for Detroit, where Granderson played. I assume this has to do with Brian Matusz being in the Opening Day rotation for the O’s, Brett Cecil coming early relatively early for Toronto, and the interleague slate that featured games against Johan Santana (twice), Wandy Rodriguez, Dontrelle Willis, and Clayton Kershaw. Those last few are oddities, but Granderson can expect to see more lefties going forward.