New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson hit his 40th career leadoff home run in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
Leading off for the 52nd time this season, Granderson got ahead in the count 3-1 against Jimmy Nelson before hitting his sinker into the right-field seats.
"I was just looking for something around the middle of the plate that I could drive," Granderson said, according to MLB.com's Curt Hogg and Andrew Gruman. "I'm not exactly sure where the pitch was, but I know it was a strike. Any time you can get the count in your favor, it puts you in a position to be more successful."
Granderson hit his fifth leadoff home run of the season and has a .348/.423/.739 batting line in the No. 1 spot in the Mets' batting order this year. He has led off a game 801 times in his 13-year career and has a .264/.331/.504 batting line in that spot.
"The majority of my career I've led off. Probably more than half of my professional at-bats, I think, have been at the top of the lineup," Granderson said, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. "And for me it's really only the beginning of the game where you're in that spot."
Manager Terry Collins said he thinks Granderson is the team's best leadoff option.
"I know when he's in the right state he gets on base," Collins said. "You look at what he did last year getting on base, he was incredible for us. ... I just think he's the guy. He likes leading off. I think he's going to come on. But that's what he can do. He can put a point on the board in a hurry."