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NEW YORK -- A miserable season for Curtis Granderson likely hit rock bottom Saturday night, when the New York Mets right fielder went hitless in four at-bats and ended the seventh inning by striking out with the bases loaded in a four-run game, after which he was immediately lifted as part of a double-switch.
Terry Collins got him out of there before fans could chuck their bobbleheads onto the field in anger, a la Springfield Isotopes fans throwing Marge Simpson's pretzels at baseball legend Whitey Ford.
Collins kept Granderson off the field once again on Sunday, when the slumping free-agent acquisition didn't play in the Mets' 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.
"Curtis just needs to clear his mind a little bit," Collins said Sunday morning.
The day off ensured Granderson wouldn't have a chance at worsening his brutal August numbers. He hit just .147 with a .231 on-base percentage, two extra-base hits, one homer and five RBIs in 109 at-bats. The skid dropped Granderson's overall average from .234 to .214, the lowest it has been since he was hitting .211 on June 7.
In 155 at-bats from June 8 through July 31, Granderson hit .265 with a .363 on-base percentage, nine homers, 11 doubles and 17 RBIs. He also solidified himself as the Mets' leadoff hitter during that stretch, and while the Mets signed Granderson to a four-year, $60 million deal with the expectation he'd be their cleanup hitter, they were pleased he found a home atop the lineup.
Now? The Mets have to hope Granderson has a decent final month and heads into 2015 with a better understanding of what it takes to succeed at spacious Citi Field -- and that, despite turning 34 next March, he'll be able to turn back the clock to when he was a successful leadoff hitter at similarly cavernous Comerica Park for the Detroit Tigers from 2006 through 2009.
"A year in the National League, a year seeing what it takes to be successful in this park, I think he'll probably come into spring training with a different outlook of what he's got to do to find success here," Collins said. "(And) try to convince him to go back to the Comerica days and do what he did there."
MLB Team Report - New York Mets - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
NEXT: Mets (RHP Zack Wheeler, 9-9, 3.44 ERA) at Marlins (RHP Henderson Alvarez, 10-6, 2.75 ERA)
--RHP Zack Wheeler will look to continue his dominance of the Miami Marlins on Monday afternoon, when he takes the mound for the Mets in the opener of a three-game series at Marlins Park. Wheeler's 10-start unbeaten streak came to an end in his most recent start on Wednesday, when he gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out seven over seven innings as the Mets fell to the Atlanta Braves, 3-2. He was 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA during the unbeaten streak. Wheeler is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in five career starts against the Marlins, including 2-0 with a miniscule 0.65 ERA in four starts this season. He earned the win in his most recent start against the Marlins on July 11, when he allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings in the Mets' 7-1 victory at Citi Field. He threw his lone career shutout against the Marlins on June 19 when he limited Miami to three hits in a 1-0 win at Marlins Park.
--INF Josh Satin was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas following the Mets' 6-5 win over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon. Satin began the season with the Mets but hit just .107 with three RBIs in 28 at-bats before being optioned to Las Vegas on May 10. He hit .289 with nine homers and 49 RBIs in 100 games for Las Vegas.
--RHP Erik Goeddel was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas following the Mets' 6-5 win over the Phillies on Sunday. It is the first trip to the majors for Goeddel, who was 3-2 with a 5.37 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings over 49 relief appearances for Las Vegas. Goeddel was selected by the Mets in the 24th round of the 2010 draft out of UCLA.
--C Juan Centeno was promoted from Double-A Binghamton following the Mets' 6-5 win over the Phillies on Sunday. Centeno hit .238 with two RBIs in 21 at-bats for the Mets in May while starting C Travis d'Arnaud was sidelined with a concussion. Centeno is hitting .258 with three RBIs in 31 career big league at-bats. He hit .289 with one homer and 25 RBIs in 74 games this season between Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas.