After eight games of inadequate at-bats, Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson could fly under Alex Rodriguez's headline-stealing radar no longer. Granderson was not in his team's proposed lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Tigers Wednesday. Though the game was postponed, it is unlikely manager Joe Girardi will change his mind. He's watched Granderson bat just .103 in these playoffs, with 15 strikeouts in 32 plate appearances. He only started in Game 3 because starter Phil Hughes allows more flyballs than grounders, and Girardi wanted his best defense possible. Granderson rewarded him by misplaying a difficult drive from Miguel Cabrera that became an RBI double. It's been that sort of postseason for Granderson. He led the team with 43 home runs this season, but appears unable to handle left-handed pitching at this stage. Granderson expressed little frustration with his benching. "It's baseball being baseball," he said. "You mix things up, move guys up and down, guys in and out, whatever you have to do. That's just part of it. This isn't the first time the lineup has been changed. I'm an example of it. I've batted pretty much in every spot in the lineup all season long." Asked if he was frustrated or disappointed with the decision, Granderson said "None of the above." He added, "You do whatever you need to do to win. I said this isn't the first time we've made changes to the lineup, and it isn't the first time I haven't played, and this is part of it."
Curtis Granderson not frustrated with being benched
Newark Star-Ledger | Oct 18