A tale of two Swishers

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Oh, Nick Swisher, where have you gone?

Last night, the Yanks knocked out seven extra-base hits. They hammered a home run, two triples and four doubles against the Blue Jays pitchers, and only two of the starting nine failed to hit. A-Rod went 0-for-2 but walked three times, and Nick Swisher, once the 2009 Yankees’ most popular player, went 0-for-5.

For Swisher, Wednesday night’s 0-fer was another in a long line of disappointing May efforts. On the month, he is not doing much of anything. After an April in which he hit .312/.430/.714 with 7 HR and 19 RBI, Swisher has basically disappeared. In May, he is 3 for 30. He’s hitting .100 with a .243 OBP and a .233 slugging. He has just one double and one home run to complement his two RBI, and he has struck out 16 times this month. That isn’t what the Yankees hoped to get out of Swisher this month.

The Yankees right now have few options to pursue in dealing with Swisher. They acquired him for nothing and owe him a good deal of money over the next few seasons. They know what he can do, but they also know — as the 2008 White Sox could tell us — how bad he can be when things aren’t going his way. With Xavier Nady out, though, Swisher will get his hacks in every day.

I have my own pet theories. I think Swisher’s elbow, hurt last week on a hit-by-pitch, may be impacting his hitting more than he is letting on. I think the Yankee lineup, with Nady on the shelf, is far too depleted for Joe Girardi to bench Swisher. However, at this point, the Yanks’ right fielder is doing little to help the team.

Swisher’s numbers in May suffer from a clear sample size bias. He has just 30 ABs, and the season is still young. Still, as the injured Yankees tend to their wounds, the team needs Swisher to step up again. They can’t expect a an OPS over 1.100, but they need more than a .476 OPS mark. The team needs an impact player who can get on base and score some runs. Right now, Swisher isn’t cutting it, and it just goes to show last month’s hero can be this month’s goat.

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  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Nick Swisher once made a grilled cheese sandwich.

    • Mike Pop

      He’e been known to cure narcolepsy just by walking into a room.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        He’s kind of normal now….

        Nick Swisher once ironed his shirt.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

          His first name is Nick!

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    So you’re off the Swisher bangwagon?

    JK ;-)

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      or bandwagon if you prefer…

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        “bangwagon”

        heh

    • jsbrendog

      hahahaha…freudian slip.

      but seriously, now the haters are gonna come out of the woodwork with their

      “see? swisher sucks! bust! he only hit 215 last year and i only know about average because thats all tv tells me!!”

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        The haters are gonna come out of the oaktag!

        But yeah, it’s going to be annoying/frustrating. So how about Swisher just starts hitting bombs tonight so that we can avoid all of that unpleasantness?!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          The haters are gonna come out of the oaktag!

          ELBOW INJURY WTF STOP WITH TEH EXCUSES YOU RAB SOCIALIST GARDNER FANBOIS!!!!!

          • rbizzler

            “fanbois” – that sounds French. I will squash you like a bug while I much on FREEDOM FRIES.

  • A.D.

    Its probably somewhat the elbow, and it its market correction, his batting avg on the season is now down in the .250s, which is more what one would expect in line with his previous good seasons.

    I don’t know for his career if he’s a real streak hitter, or generally more consistent, but he’ll turn it around.

  • Mike Pop

    At least he’s seeing alot of pitches.

  • Frank

    He definitely could use a day off. Unfortunately, the team is not in a position to do it although if Matsui can DH, they could start Gardner in CF, and Melky in RF.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      What are you talking about?

      BRETT GARDNER’S RED HOT, BABY!!!! LET’S RIDE THIS WAVE!!!!

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        That’s what she said!

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Hes been over swinging and uppercutting, a recipe for disaster. He needs to focus on contact then the homeruns will come. I’m reminded of Sir Shelly Duncan last year.

  • Jim

    The RAB love affair with Nick Swisher is coming back to hurt you.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      But at least it was a torrid love affair with lots of passion….uhhh wait, what?

      In all seriousness, for the 1st month Swisher played above all of his career levels. We all should have expected a correction. Nick Swisher, as great as he is, is not a .300 hitter. He will not be Paul O’Neil 2.0 who suddenly hits for a high average with good power when he joins the Yankees. That would be amazing if it happened that way, but I don’t think so. If he stays where he’s at now, that would be exactly the player that Yankees (and most of us) thought they were getting. If the slump continues and he bottoms out around the Mendoza line, that will be painful.

      • Chris

        It’s not too surprising that he would out perform his career numbers – this is his age 28 season, so that would be a typical time for a player to have a career year.

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          That’s true, it isn’t unreasonable for Swisher to have a career year this year. My point though was that he wasn’t going to hit .300, a career year for Swisher would probably be around .280. But I’d definitely love .300/.400/.500.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            If Swish went .300/.400/.500, I’d shit myself out of excitement. I think he can go .265/.370/.475 this year with 25 homers.

            • Mattingly’s Love Child

              Same here!

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                I’ll take that.

                Comparison note: Leaving out the final three seasons of his Yankee tenure when he was past his prime, the first 6 seasons of Paul O’Neill in the Bronx (ages 30-35) his average raw OPS was .921. If Swish can get to .845, I’d be pretty happy with that, especially since O’Neill was our #3 hitter and Swish is probably going to be our #5 or #6 hitter most of the time…

            • Chris

              An OPS over 900 is certainly not out of the question. Also, a line of .265/.370/.475 wouldn’t even be his career year, as he already hit .254/.372/.493 in 2006.

      • http://pinstripealley.com Edwantsacracker

        I just try to remind myself that we got him for Wilson Betiment, and all he has to do to make that trade be a success is be better than the spare part we traded for him.

    • A.D.

      Not really, when Nady got hurt any second guessing could be thrown out the window.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Just because he’s having a bad month so far? That’s a silly statement. The same sort of thing could be said for any player who goes into a slump.

  • Pedro(from Brazil)

    We could use Swisher as DH and play Gardner center, Melky right and Damon left so he can rest his elbow (which i think is the problem with him) before Matsui come back.

  • Frank

    FYI- In case anyone is interested, Swish is going to be interviewed today on ESPN radio (Tirico and Van Pelt)

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I’m sure his elbow is bothering him but it’s probably also a bit of regression to the mean. I’m confident he can pick it back up after a few hits start falling.

  • JP

    Just a slump, that’s all. He’s not really a Jason Bay type, after all, he’s more like a Xavier Nady. ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Meh.

      Bay >>> Swisher >>> Nady

      Not:

      Bay >>> Swisher = Nady

  • thisisthedavid

    CHILL, EVERYONE CHILL, STOP SPREADING THE HATE. WE NEEDA BE POSITIVE. SWISH IS A BEAST. WHERE ARE THE ANTI BURNETT POST??? DUDE OWES US ALOT OF QS’S!!!!! I DONT MEAN TO GO ALL KANYE ON YALL! BUT SWISH IS HURT AND AT LEAST TAKING THE FIELD!!! WHAT ARE DJS NUMBERS ON THIS YEAR?? HUH???? HES MAKING 4X AS MUCH AS SWISH AND HASNT DONE HALF HE HAS WITH THE BAT AND DONT GET ME STARTED ON HIS FIELDING!!!!!!!! OH BUT HE GETS THE MONEY TO BE A TEAM LEADER??? A LEADER WHO HASN’T HELPED THE TEAM WITH ITS BIGGEST PR PROBLEM (AROD). AND AS SOON AS ALEX IS CAUGHT WITH STERIODS HE STARTS TALKING ABOUT AGAINST IT!!!! BUT WHEN GIAMBI WAS ON THE REBOUND FROM JUICING HES ALWAYS HUGGING THIS DUDE AND BACKING HIM IN THE MEDIA! YALL NEED TO WAKE THE FUCK UP! SERIOUSLY THE BIGGEST PROBLEM THIS TEAM HAS HAD HAS BEEN JETER THE PAST 8 YEARS. I LIKE YOUR WORK BEN BUT THIS WAS IN POOR TASTE. DELETE THIS POST!!!!!!!!!

    • UWS

      ::brain asplode::

    • Mike Pop

      Thank you.

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      I can’t wait for “THIS WAS IN POOR TASTE. DELETE THIS POST!!!!!!!!” to be a new running joke in all subsequent comment threads.

      • UWS

        Where’s tsjc when you need him?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          BEEEEEEEEEEIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-
          WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIP!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      ledavidisrael >>>>>>>>>>>>>> thisisthedavid

      • ledavidisrael

        Course
        DR jekyll >>>> mr hyde. They can’t handle both sides of my personality at once fam

    • jsbrendog

      oaktag.

      that’s all your post deserves.

      • JP

        Meh…he makes some good points in all that upper case rambling…

        • jsbrendog

          completely disagree but whatevs. youreboth allowed to your opinion

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

      “i dont mean to go all kanye on yall”

      i laughed at that

      by the way, check comment guideline #7, its there for a reason

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        “So yeah, at the Grammys I went Ultra Travolta
        Yeah, that tuxedo might a been a little Guido”

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Holy shit, someone just called Aceves the ‘Mexican Gangster’ on WFAN just now.

    RAB Global Takeover:

    Step 1: Make up cool nicknames.
    Step 2: Spread said nicknames around the interwebs.
    Step 3: Steal Meagan Fox’s underpants!
    Step 4: You really need a Step Four after that?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      We’ll know we’ve made it when “Maximillian Saint Vincent and the Grenadines” makes it onto the airwaves.

      • jsbrendog

        and bubba united-states

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yeah, that one’s pretty awesome too.

      • thurdonpaul

        can you tell me what that stands for ?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          “Maximillian Saint Vincent and the Grenadines” is the “Ron Mexico” alias for Robinson Cano. And “Bubba United States” is Mark Teixeira.

          http://ronmexico.kainalopallo.com/

          • thurdonpaul

            oh , cool ty

    • Manimal

      LOL, How many nicknames are from RAB? I can only think of 3, Mexican Gangster, Former Attourney General and Brittongate

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Nicknames:

        Nails Krzyzewski
        Gritt Gritner
        Hacky McHeadfirstslide
        HazMat
        Pasta Fagiole
        Powder
        Hava Molina
        David Faustino
        Brackman Obama
        Mosanna, Mosanna, Mosanna in the Highest
        Fatman Scoop
        Asiseño de los Sueños

        And, of course, B-Jobber

        Adjectives:
        Varitekian
        Ponsnerian

        • jsbrendog

          i dont know if you know this, but we’re kind of a big deal.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            My comment below reminded me:

            “Sucka Got No Juice”

        • Rob in CT

          I love Hacky McHeadfirstslide.

          I don’t know about people here, but I’ve been using “Womackian” for years. I guess “Varitekian” has taken over that role. I’m fine with that. :)

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I don’t know about people here, but I’ve been using “Womackian” for years. I guess “Varitekian” has taken over that role. I’m fine with that

            Making fun of the ineptitude of others >>>>>> Making fun of the ineptitude of ourselves

        • Joe R

          Monteroplay

        • whozat

          wow, some of these get pretty far into the weeds, huh?

          Who are Powder, David Faustino, Asiseño de los Sueños? (and that’s the What? of Dreams)

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Powder = Mark Melancon (because he’s so fair-skinned and blemish-free)
            David Faustino = Dustin Pedroia (because, come on, duh)
            Asiseño de los Sueños = Melvin Croussett (ask Andy in Sunny Daytona)

      • rbizzler

        I believe ‘IPK’ originated on here as well.

        • http://pinstripealley.com Edwantsacracker

          I think I saw it on Pinstripe Alley first, but it doesn’t matter either way because it isn’t that original.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Yeah, I’m not claiming credit for any simple abbreviations. Too easy.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I’d rather steal Megan Fox’s underpants.

      Meagan Fox may weigh 400 lbs, for all we know.

      Sorry….this was completely called for after, um, “bangwagon.”

      Speaking of “bangwagon,” Megan Fox. :)

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        lmao

  • Chris

    He was hit on the elbow on 5/1. He had an 1.139 OPS in the 7 games before that and a .456 OPS after that.

    If it’s just a random slump, that’s a ridiculous coincidence.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Like the post said, it’s probably a combination of the elbow hurting a bit and his regression to the mean.

      • ChrisS

        Which is why these two sentences’ (mostly the latter) inclusion make little sense to me: The Yankees right now have few options to pursue in dealing with Swisher. They acquired him for nothing and owe him a good deal of money over the next few seasons.

  • Reggie C.

    Swisher was bound to regress drastically from his POM-like April performance. Its pretty shocking to see that 18 of his 27 hits on the season have been extra base-hits. Swisher’s feast or famine results when he makes contact or bearable b/c he does walk more than the ML average. Swisher hopefully snaps out of it soon and settles into the .265-.270 BA range for the long-haul.

  • DocBooch

    That first at bat last night told it all, he let a belt high fastball go by for the 1st strike then flailed at a breaking ball that was low and away.

    Ever since he got pinched on a few strikes just before he got thrown out of that game a few weeks ago his plate discipline is crap.

    • andrew

      Swisher basically never swings at the first pitch, belt him or not.

      • andrew

        belt high*

  • Evan

    Swisher seems like the type of guy who will try out Giambi’s golden thong theory for sure.

  • DocBooch

    Ok, it was one week ago. But, he only has one walk since then.

  • JeffG

    Ebb and flow… is him coming back down to earth a big surprise?

    His April numbers were overly good – now his May numbers are pretty bad – thus we get his average play…

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    If you were counting on Nick Swisher to be your best player throughout the entire season, you’re either 1) the Pittsbugh Pirates, 2) in deep doo-doo.

    Enough of the blasphemous Swish hate. He could hit .150 and I’ll still think he’s the greatest thing to ever happen to RF.

    Maybe he doesn’t like Sterling’s idiotic “Jolly Ol’ St. Nick” call and is going on strike until he switches.

    • jsbrendog

      ietppb

      (i enjoyed this pittsburgh pirates bashing)

    • Evan

      Yea, Sterling really has some stinkers.

      • jsbrendog

        Yea, Stirling stinks.

        fixed

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        We should replace Sterling with Ken Rosenthal for the home run calls. It would show you what tragic wordplay REALLY is.

        IT’S GONE!!! THAT SUCKA DO GOT JUICE!!!!

        • jsbrendog

          we also wouldve accepted:

          sucka juiced that one!

          sucka’s on JUICE!

          Juiced by that sucka!

  • Axl

    It’s just how the Yankees work. Why does Wang win 19 games in back to back years recently…get injured in a freak accident…and as soon as we get 2 incredible pitchers to compliment him and his success…he becomes arguably the worst pitcher of all time. Why? How? It doesn’t make sense…but the Yankees have been the bearers of all bad luck in recent years. Whatever can go wrong WILL go wrong. From now on management should PLAN on the worst case scenarios happening…because for the past couple of years…they always have. Why? Nobody knows. There really isn’t any rational explanation. You can throw the word “coincidence” up in the air and hope it sticks to something…but this is far bigger than that. Numerous years of nonsense and strange misfortunes? That’s not a coincidence.

    As for Swisher this year…it’s sort of like how when we pitch well…we can never hit well…or when we score 7 runs…the other team scored 10+ and our pitching was horrendous. Swisher did well when others weren’t doing much…and now that others are kind of…at least…trying to turn their corners…Swisher goes in the opposite direction. I call it the “See-Saw Effect”. Usually happens when I have both the Yanks and Sox games on as well…whenever something bad happens to the Yankees in their game…almost at the exact same time something good happens for the Red Sox in theirs. It’s odd.

    No explanation though…other than we should be used to this by now. Year after year our players go through super hot streaks (not at the same time of course) and then incredibly low streaks where they are virtually useless. The only thing consistent about this team is how they continue to be inconsistent every year.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      (shakes head)

      Damnit, Axl, every time you take a step forward, you take a step back.

      It will be fine, bro. We’ll be fine.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        Not a swisher comment or Axl comment but I addressed your remarks in the other thread. My Melky comments were not based on ethnicity and I resent the accusation.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Fair enough, I’ll go look.

        • Axl

          What is this in reference to?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Nothing. It’s ex-parte. Not related to your comments at all.

      • Axl

        We have the talent to be fine. I do still think and hope we’ll be fine. But as each nonsensical happens one after another…most without rational explanation other than “well he always starts slow…so…” I get incredibly frustrated. As I know you all do too…we just all react differently I guess. Deep down I know we should be fine…but I just don’t understand why it has to be a sickening roller coaster ride for Yankee fans for the past several years…

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

          It just seems that way because our perspective is limited. We don’t have the intimate knowledge of the Tigers or the Rangers that fans of those team do. So we don’t know about their problems and their major issues, and the challenges the Yankees face seem magnified to us.

          Think about it. Fans of other teams tear their hair out over the same things their teams go through. This dude I know who’s a Rangers fan compares following his team to be like continuously getting kicked in the dick.

          Being a baseball fan is generally rollercoaster ride of emotion.

          • Axl

            Agreed…but it’s much more relaxing rooting for the Rangers while losing in NY or CT or TX for that matter than it is rooting for the Yankees surrounded by Red Sox fans when they’re losing…

    • jsbrendog

      snuffeluffagus

    • Joe R
  • mustang

    RAB love affair with Nick Swisher that shit end fast so much for .OPS king. On to next Billy Beane bitch.

    • mustang

      Swisher going bad.
      Melky and Andy going good.
      It’s the revenge of RAB’s winter predictions.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        [ facepalm ]

        You cannot be serious, mustang.

        • mustang

          Lets see Melky has been destroyed here for like a year now and Andy was a broken down pitcher luck to even get a contract offer from the Yankees. It still early, but nice returns so far.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            mustang, most of RAB supported bringing Andy back.
            And, while most of RAB predicted Swisher would be good and he’s in the midst of a cold streak, he’s still been, for the balance of the season, very good. Nobody is “jumping off the Swisher bangwagon”. Nobody who predicted that Swisher would have a good year is now retracting that prediction because he’s slumping/hurt.

            We all fully expected he’d have a cold snap. Doesn’t change or undermine the projection that he’d be good.

            Nor does Melky’s hot streak really change the prediction that he’ll end up being a 4th outfielder. It’s still only May 14th.

            • mustang

              “It still early, but nice returns so far.”

              I did say that. Hold on let read my comment again.

              “most of RAB supported bringing Andy back”
              And just as many wanted Sheets or Hughes to take his spot.

              Wow we forget quickly my friend.

              • mustang

                Hold on let me read my comment again.

            • thurdonpaul

              i like Melky, i think he can be a very good starting centerfielder, he can cover ground and he has a very good arm, i think with maturity he will get better, he seems more intense to me at the plate this year

              • mustang

                It’s EARLY, but it looks like Melky shares the same plate discipline doctor as Mr. Cano.

          • mustang

            And looking at the pitching Stat. I see 4-2, 60 k, ERA-.78, WHIP-.96 from old friend who was losing his fast-ball and should of be been in the DL like 20 times by now.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Seriously? If it’s September and Melky/Andy are still doing well and Swisher is playing this poorly, then, yeah, that statement will hold water. It doesn’t when Melky is having a hot month and Swisher is having a cold one.

        • mustang

          I did say it’s early. BTW so is Mo replacement Melancon doing.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            He struggled in, what, five innings of major league ball getting inconsistent work? He’s done. He’s awful. Never in the Majors again.

            How’s Tex working out, too? Man he sure sucks doesn’t he? Guess it’s all of RAB’s predictions going wrong!

            • mustang

              Hey i agree with you, but I’m not the one who declare him Mo’s replacement after 3 IP in the MLB.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Exactly.

              Seriously, mustang, mid-May just isn’t a realistic time to gloat about ANYBODY’S predictions, good or bad. Way too early.

              • mustang

                I’m not all tommie i do keep repeating that it’s too early. But how many times have you checked me on things.

              • mustang

                Checks and balances baby. That’s one of the things that makes this site the best.

            • mustang

              “Guess it’s all of RAB’s predictions going wrong!’

              Now, now that’s being way to hard.

  • ChrisS

    I think the Yankee lineup, with Nady on the shelf, is far too depleted for Joe Girardi to bench DL Swisher.

    Fixed.

  • Tony

    Swisher has those career numbers for a reason. Anyone thinking he’d figured out how to make contact on a consistent basis was out of his/her mind.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      OAKTAG

  • Trish

    I’ve been following Nick since he was with the A’s and yeah, expecting him to bat .300 is ludicrous. As was mentioned elsewhere you’ll never see someone get struck out so much on called Ks; he gets caught looking a LOT. He’s not a great outfielder either although he’s a very good first baseman. As far as 2008 goes he started cold and got worse as the season went on so I don’t think it’s a fair comparison to the current situation. However, stuff he does off the field may also be playing into this. His partying was legend in Oakland and continued into Chicago, so I can only imagine what kind of trouble he could get up to in New York.

  • http://theenlighteneddespot.com NC Saint

    Hard to get worked up about a 30 AB skid, and he has the Giambi silver-slump-lining of getting walks even when he’s awful. .143 ISOD during that awful stretch is pretty nasty.

  • kavi shah

    HE IS HURT!!!! O’Neil got nailed on the elbow and when into a 6 week nasty slump. Completely throws off your timing because you can’t move your lead arm with the same speed.

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  • Mr.Jones

    I must admit thisisdavid makes a valid point. Derek Jeter’s consistent decline is the elephant in the room at this point. Anything hit up the middle to DJ is almost assuredly going into the outfield. In addition to his hitting being subpar and the fact that he is a lead off hitter with an abysmal OBP of .342.
    He hasn’t won a world series since 2000 and not coincidentally when the core Yankees like Paul O’Neil and Brosius left.
    He has no range, no power, no batting average, no on base abilities. Most overrated player in baseball history and you are complaining about Nick Swisher who has 2x the amount of home runs as Jeter does??
    Come on RAB be an individual and start discussing the real issues with this team. We pay an average player $20 million a year? You know what kind of pitching and position players you could get for that?
    I agree DJ was great in the 90s but it is 2009 and I want to win now. Live in the present, Past is prologue.