Granderson shows signs of a breakthrough

NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson says everything feels the same.

It didn't sound like it, though.

After two hits in two days, it sure sounded like there was some relief in Granderson's voice after the New York Mets' 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

"Anytime you can get the ball to touch the [outfield] grass, and touch base safely, it's amazing what that does for a hitter," Granderson said.

Granderson snapped a career-high 22 at-bat hitless streak with a first-inning single Wednesday, and added a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh inning Thursday. His batting average is .137, but that's better than the .116 he was carrying around two days ago.

He can still look like he's caught in between, checking his swing on pitches that turn out to be strikes. But Granderson is also starting to look less tentative when he does swing.

"Mentally and physically, everything still feels the same," he said. "Mechanically, I'm starting to get a little ways towards finding what's going on. I still don't understand it 100 percent."

Granderson was out of the starting lineup Thursday, but only so Bobby Abreu could get a start in right field.

Terry's not checking: There was some buzz from Mets fans on Twitter that Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn was continually touching the same spot on his cap. Mets manager Terry Collins said he didn't notice, and said he probably wouldn't have had him checked, anyway.

"I'm not going to start an epidemic," Collins said, before adding that he has noticed that Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel often has a dark spot on his cap.

The patience of Bobby: Not surprisingly, Collins loved what he saw in Abreu's first start. Abreu saw 13 pitches in his first two at-bats, and the second resulted in a double to left.

"That's the Bobby Abreu everyone knows," Collins said. "Great approach at the plate. He's going to help us a lot."