Two weeks ago, I wrote:
Presently, everyone in Yankeeland is in love with Nick Swisher – and this includes the Yankees, their fans, the Yankees beat writers and just about every Yankees blogger to be found. And, why not? Swisher is batting extremely well now, he’s playing multiple positions – including pitching! – and is providing lots of good quotes and sound bites, etc.
However, it should be noted that last season, while playing for the Chicago White Sox, Swisher got off to a great start as well. In his team’s first 12 games in 2008, Nick started in 11 of them. During that time, he collected 50 Plate Appearances and fashioned the following BA/OBA/SLG line: .289/.460/.474 – yes, that’s an On Base Average of four-sixty!
But, then, Swisher hit the skids in Chicago. After those first dozen games, it was all downhill for Nick. In his team’s next 20 games in 2008, Swisher started in 20 of them. During that time, he collected 89 Plate Appearances and fashioned the following BA/OBA/SLG line: .147/.270./213 – which is down-right ugly.
So, what happens if Nick Swisher, in a week or so, goes just as cold for the Yankees this season as he did for the White Sox in 2008? Will everyone in Yankeeland love as much then and they do now?
Related, let’s take a look at Swisher’s season for the Yankees, to date:
First 10 games of the season: 37 PA and BA/OBA/SLG line of .406/.486/1.000 and 6 K’s
Last 9 games of the season: 42 PA and BA/OBA/SLG line of .171/.310/.257 and 13 K’s
Looks like ol’ Saint Nick is following his pattern from last year, huh? The Yankees better hope that Xavier Nady gets better and fast – they’re going to need someone to play right field, in place of Swisher, in a hurry.