Stat Line Of The Night — 4/18/12 — Jordan Staal
Stat Line Of The Night — 4/19/12 — Curtis Granderson
After losing two of their first three games to the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees were hoping to salvage a series split with a victory last night. They would do just that, thanks in part to the bat of Curtis Granderson.
The Yankees’ center fielder entered the game with his batting average barely over the Mendoza line (.208), but his 5-for-5 performance at the plate would help him jump .075 points, all the way up to a very respectable .283. Three of those hits would make it over the outfield wall at Yankee Stadium, doubling his home run total to six on the year. Granderson would also add four RBIs on the night, and the Yankees needed every one of them, as they narrowly escaped with the 7-6 victory.
After struggling through the first 12 games of the season, yesterday’s performance could be exactly what Granderson needed in order to regain the form that earned him plenty of consideration for the AL MVP award last season. But for now, his impressive night at the plate earns him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, April 19, 2012.