The City of Angels hasn't quite brought the best out of Curtis Granderson on the way to what would've been his third World Series appearance.
The Dodgers have left the 36-year-old former Met off their World Series roster, as Joc Pederson will take over in centerfield for the National League champs.
Granderson's production has been mediocre since joining the Dodgers in mid-August. Initially brought in to replace Pederson, Granderson had only 18 hits in 112 plate appearances for the Dodgers (.161) during the regular season, and has just one hit and eight strikeouts in his 15 postseason at-bats.
Curtis Granderson through his career
Curtis Granderson through his career
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 3: Outfielder Curtis Granderson #28 of the Detroit Tigers stands on the baseline while playing against the Philadelphia Phillies during MLB Spring Training action at the Bright House Networks Field on March 3, 2005 in Clearwater, Florida. The Detroit Tigers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 9-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Curtis Granderson of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait during photo day at Marchant Stadium on February, 27 2005 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Curtis Granderson of the Detroit Tigers slides back into first base to avoid a tag during action on opening day against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO on April 3, 2006. (Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images)
Detroit Tigers centerfielder Curtis Granderson makes a diving catch of a ball hit by Grady Sizemore of Cleveland Indians in the third inning of their American League game at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio May 12, 2006. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz
Detroit Tigers player Curtis Granderson wears his baseball mitt on top of his ball cap as he signs autographs for fans before the start of their MLB game against the New York Yankees in Detroit, Michigan May 29, 2006. Granderson has the words 'Don't Think Have Fun' handwritten under the bill of his cap. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
Detroit Tigers centerfielder Curtis Granderson misses a double hit by Chicago White Sox batter Joe Crede during the eighth inning of their American League baseball game in Chicago August 13, 2006. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
Detroit Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson slides and is unable to come up with a base hit by St. Louis' Cardinals Aaron Miles in the third inning of Game 4 in Major League Baseball's World Series in St Louis October 26, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)
Detroit Tigers centre fielder Curtis Granderson slides back into first after leading off during the third inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto, April 12, 2007. REUTERS/J.P. Moczulski (CANADA)
Detroit Tigers' Curtis Granderson of the American League watches his eighth inning triple against San Diego Padres' pitcher Heath Bell of the National League during Major League Baseball's All-Star game in St. Louis, July 14, 2009. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees new outfielder Curtis Granderson speaks to the media at a news conference where the team introduced him at Yankee Stadium in New York December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
The New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson poses during the Yankee's Media Day at their spring training facility at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Blanco (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson (R) bumps fists with left fielder Brett Gardner after catching a fly ball from Kansas City Royals Kila Ka'aihue to end the first inning during their MLB American League baseball game in Kansas City, Missouri August 13, 2010. REUTERS/Dave Kaup (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees Curtis Granderson celebrates in the clubhouse after beating the Toronto Blue Jays in their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto September 28, 2010. The win secured them a wild card berth in the playoffs. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson makes a diving catch for an out on a fly ball to center field by Detroit Tigers' Will Rhymes during the first inning of their Major League Baseball American League opening day baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, March 31, 2011. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees player and Chicago native Curtis Granderson (R) signs autographs before their MLB interleague baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Illinois June 17, 2011. It is the Yankees' first trip to Wrigley Field since 2003. REUTERS/Frank Polich (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees batter Curtis Granderson hits a grand-slam home run against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, August 25, 2011. It was the third grand-slam home run of the game, a first in major league history. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson celebrates with champagne in the locker room after the Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 in their MLB American League baseball game in New York September 21, 2011 to clinch the American League East Division title. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees batter Derek Jeter (R) looks up to the sky as rain falls before the start of the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles during their MLB baseball game in Baltimore, April 11, 2012. Also pictured is New York Yankees batter Curtis Granderson. REUTERS/Patrick Smith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees Curtis Granderson reacts after a long foul ball against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, July 28, 2012. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson looks up at the ball as he catches a drive by Tampa Bay Rays batter Jose Lobaton to end the fourth inning of their MLB American League game at Yankee Stadium in New York, September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
May 5, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) is greeted by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 8, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson (3) rounds third base after hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 22, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3), left fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (9) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate the win against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. New York Mets won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
May 9, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) poses for a photo with a young Philadelphia Phillies fan at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 21, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson has champagne poured on his head in the clubhouse after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the NLCS at Wrigley Field. The Mets advance to the World Series with a series sweep. Mandatory Credit: David J. Phllip/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Aug 7, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) hits a single in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets player Curtis Granderson smiles during a press conference being awarded the Roberto Clemente Award before game three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Curtis Granderson (6) celebrates after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson (6) argues with umpire Jim Wolf that he hit a foul ball in the 8th inning in game four of the 2017 NLCS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 06: Curtis Granderson #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers signs autographs before the Dodgers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in game one of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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After previously considering keeping Granderson on the bench for the World Series, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decided he couldn't afford to have the slumping vet in the lineup.
"He's preparing, it's just not working out," Roberts said last week of Granderson’s World Series chances, according to the Los Angeles Times. "When we get to that situation, we'll look at it. Obviously, there's got to be some adjustments, though."
Roberts has given Granderson’s empty roster spot to pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who hasn’t appeared in a game since Oct. 1.
Granderson has had his share of ups and downs in previous World Series appearances. As a young member of the 2006 Tigers, he struggled against the Cardinals in the Fall Classic, batting .095 against the eventual champions.
In 2015 with New York, he was one of the only consistent hitters on a Mets team whose bats fell flat against the Royals, hitting three home runs with five RBI in the five-game series defeat. Granderson also made an astounding leaping catch in Game 1, part of an equally consistent defensive effort during the series.
The Dodgers host the Astros in Game 1 Tuesday night in Los Angeles.