angelfan114 wrote:what player do you think has a better year this year and career
This year Encarnacion (if your talking about Edwin).
Granderson has a few things stacked up against him this year.
1) They are asking him to hit leadoff (which he hasn't done in the Minors for any length of time) and this will also compromise his ability to hit for power somewhat.
2) Leyland's infatuation with Logan's speed
3) Leyland wanting to get Young in better shape to play some outfield - with the logjam at DH/1B and the Tiger's refusal to relieve it through trade - can't say I blame him though I wouldn't put a glove on Young's hands if they paid me to.
4) COPA is not a friendly park in regards to fantasy production. 2b's and 3b's (which Granderson should pile up in COPA) carry a reduced value in fantasy terms.
Granderson has one thing going for him this year; he's 1 of only 2 true left-handed hitters on the roster (Pena being the other). I'm a Tiger fan and I still can't believe they haven't addressed the lack of L/H hitting on the roster. Granderson is going to need to show he can hold down the leadoff spot from jumpstreet and stay hot early to make the job his fulltime. Encarnacion (Edwin) should have no problems in regards to having to potentially share playing time.
Tiger's Projected Starting Lineup
C - Pudge (R/H hitter)
1B - Shelton (R/H hitter)
2B - Polanco (R/H hitter)
3B - Inge (R/H hitter)
SS - Guillen (Switch hitter) Can this guy stay healthy enough though?
LF - Monroe (R/H hitter)
CF - Granderson (L/H hitter) in position battle with Logan (Switch hitter)
RF - Maggs (R/H hitter)
DH - Young (Switch hitter)
They really need Granderson to be productive this year and he'll need to be to ensure regular playing time.