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Curtis Granderson: 6 Reasons The Yankees Center Fielder Will Win the AL MVP Award

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         Normally, speculating about the MVP before Father’s Day would be premature. This year is the exception. With 95 games still to go, it seems almost certain that the American League MVP will come from the AL East. Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Blue Jays third baseman/outfielder Jose Bautista and Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson have separated themselves from the pack, while reigning champion Josh Hamilton has likely been removed from contention due to a broken arm that kept him out of the Rangers lineup for more than a month. Offensively, the MVP hunt has turned into a three horse race. Here’s six reasons why Yanks outfielder Curtis Granderson is going to come away with it.

Power Numbers

         What jumps out first about Granderson’s season is his power numbers. Already this season, Granderson has clubbed 21 home runs, matching Jose Bautista and teammate Mark Teixeira’s league-leading mark (while also leading Adrian Gonzalez by 7). For Granderson, who has averaged 27 HR per 162 games, this pace is unprecedented. But it may not be an anomaly. Players typically tend to hit better in their second year with a new club and as a left-handed hitter Granderson has greatly benefited from the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium. At this rate, he’ll hit 52 home runs this year. While that number may be high, anything over 40 home runs would be MVP caliber production from a player with Granderson’s speed and defensive value.

            Also, Granderson has 52 RBI this season while batting in the two spot. He’s leading Bautisita, a cleanup hitter, by 10 RBI. True, he’s trailing Gonzalez, but Gonzalez is also the third hitter in the Red Sox lineup and he’s hitting behind Jacoby Ellsbury and former AL MVP Dustin Pedroia, who have both been on base more this year than the struggling Derek Jeter, who’s hit only .260 in the leadoff spot for the Yankees this year.

            Tack on the fact that Granderson is third in the league in slugging percentage (.608), and his power numbers are the most impressive in the American League.  

Speed Statistics

           Baseball fans can entertain arguments about who the best hitter is in the American League, but as far as speed goes, Granderson makes Bautista and Gonzalez look like Wiley Coyote. They’re just never going to catch him.

            He leads the American League in Power-Speed, a statistic created by sabermetrics guru Bill James. The statistic measures “the harmonic mean of home runs and stolen bases,” and Granderson’s metric reads at 13.5, which is 2.7 points better than anyone else in baseball today. He’s off the charts.

            Already this season, Granderson has stolen 10 bases and scored 58 runs (tops in the American League). He has double as many stolen bases as Bautista, while Gonzalez only has one this season. Bautista’s success rate is also lower than Granderson’s impressive 71% on stolen base attempts.

             Granderson’s stolen base total is also hindered by the scarcity of opportunities he’s given himself to steal. He’s already hit five triples this year. When the ball gets to the outfield, he can get to third all by himself.

            Simply put, when Granderson gets on base, he scores...   Full Story

By Mike McMaster

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Flying Fish Hopfish IPA

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Dutch's Take: Yesterday I made a tragic mistake. With a heart full of foolish confidence, I dusted my golf clubs off in the garage, threw them in the trunk and set out for the driving range. Needless to say, after nearly two hours of hooks, slices and a spattering of profanity and blasphemy, I was finished and I needed a drink. Exasperated, I headed into the clubhouse only to find that there were only two beers on tap: Michelob Amber Bock and Flying Fish Hopfish IPA. 
        Of course, this made my decision easy. Michelob is for women watching their figure, old men and guys who fantasize about drinking wine coolers on the beach with Dustin Pedroia. The Hopfish IPA and I were about go on a date. 
        I thought it was strange that an IPA was one of two beers on tap in the summer time, but when I tasted it, I knew why immediately. The Hopfish does not bite back like you would expect out of an IPA. The hops are bitter, but not overwhelming and this beer is a surprisingly smooth drinker. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed this IPA, despite the hot weather. 
        When I went online to take a look at Hopfish, I liked this beer even more. A local beer from Cherry Hill, NJ, Flying Fish is the first "Internet Brewery" in the country. The brew was first made back in 1995 when the internet was still in its toddler years. The creator, Gene Muller, used the internet to get new ideas and feedback for his beers and he let beer loves help create designs and slogans for the company. In short, Flying Fish was a collaborative effort made possible by the internet. 
        As the World Wide Web grew, so did Flying Fish. The popularity of the beer took off and this "virtual microbrew" was being shipped out more and more. Today, the beer is the largest craft brew of around 20 in the state of New Jersey. The Hopfish IPA, which I have reviewed, was first released in 1997 and its fellows now include six different beers and a seasonal brew.
        In short, if you're a big fan of IPAs and you're motto is "there's no such thing as too many hops," this one may not be for you (try Dogfishhead IPA), but if you like pale ales and are looking for something a little more crisp, this is a tremendous beer. This IPA is great for the summer and a hometown hero.

Robo's Take: There's no doubt that this is a good beer.  I enjoyed it quite a bit while relaxing in the club house and watching the U.S. Open  It went down smooth and didn't take much to get a delightful buzz going.  What I did not enjoy was the powerful aftertaste that just would not go away.  It didn't ruin the beer for me but made me hesitant to continue drinking it in any great quantity.  I feared the lingering bitterness would never go away.  I may be biased because I have never been the biggest fan of IPAs but this particular brew fell a tad short of gaining SPS approval from me.  Better luck next time New Jersey.

The Verdict:
Dutch: SPS Approved
Robo: Respectable Draught

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