Aug
27

Jeter & Swisher carrying Yankees offensively

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Two-man army. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Yankees plated just 18 runs during their six-game road trip through Chicago and Cleveland, and a third of those runs came in the very first game against the White Sox last Monday. They were held to three runs or fewer for four straight games before mustering four runs yesterday. Tough to win games when you’re scoring that little, which is why New York comes home today on the heels of a 2-4 trip.

The club’s two best hitters of late have been the one-two hitters in the lineup — Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher. That’s great not only because those two are coming to the plate more often than anyone else, and also because they’re giving the rest of the lineup opportunities to drive them in. Unfortunately, the other guys in the lineup haven’t held up their end of the bargain. Of those 18 runs scored on the road trip, 13 were either scored by or drive in by Jeter and Swisher. They did it all last week. Here’s a real quick breakdown of the offense during the last six games…

PA H 2B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
Jeter 29 10 2 3 0 5 0.357 0.379 0.720
Swisher 26 9 2 1 5 4 0.429 0.538 0.667
Everyone Else 171 31 5 2 14 43 0.201 0.269 0.273

Jeter and Swisher were a two-man wrecking crew with the bats last week while everyone else contributed little. Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson have started to break out of their slumps, but it’s been a slow process. Eric Chavez has cooled off in a big way (three hits in his last 22 at-bats dating back to the Rangers series) and Raul Ibanez is in a similar major rut (one hit in his last 22 at-bats). Ichiro Suzuki reached base four times in the six-game trip, Mark Teixeira is still working his way back from left wrist soreness, and the catching tandem has done much of anything all season. That’s a recipe for not scoring runs.

There’s nothing worse than half the lineup running into a cold stretch all at the same time, but the Yankees have managed to keep their heads above water — they lost just one game in the standings last week despite the 2-4 record — because Jeter and Swisher have been so great. Six games in seven days at home will hopefully wake some of these guys up, as will some dates with below-average pitchers. The Yankees need a little kick-start offensively, and this coming week will afford them every opportunity to get things going.

Categories : Offense
  • Eddard the Great

    With the way everyone was talking about him in the previous thread, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Girardi insert Sam Pearce into the 3rd spot in tonight’s lineup. Offense goes through ups and downs so I don’t know why everyone is getting so worked up. Remember when we scored 3+ runs in 40 straight ballgames? Swish was down, now he’s up. Cano was up, now he’s down. That’s baseball.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Read through that entire thread. Not a single person said anything remotely close to Pearce is great, or should be batting third, or should bat at all against RHP. About the strongest statement was that there was a possibility he could play his way onto the playoff roster (which considering the performances of McGehee and Jones so far, isn’t impossible, however unlikely).

    • captain kiwi

      david jeter and nathan swisher doing all the hitting for this team. sam pearce will make that a nice trio

      • JohnnyC

        If only Renaldo Cano would start hitting lefties again.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

          This isn’t getting old. These are great.

          • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

            Good ol’ Julio Rodriguez at third. On the mound? Whiskers Sabathia.

            • Jack

              When he’s done, he’ll be relieved by Justin Chamber – wait, I think I screwed this up.

    • CS Yankee

      Thinking Pearce might be around for the Tuesday/Wednesday matchups when the lefties are on the bump for the blue-birds.

      Some of these moves might be a game of blocking them for other teams…ala Jose 2003?

      • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

        Canseco? That wasn’t ’03. It was 2000.

  • Eddard the Great

    The point is, what’s more indicative of the offense- 40 straight ballgames scoring 3+ runs or one bad 6 game road trip? They’ll probably come home and bust out this series. The key is the starting pitching. We’ve seen since the ASB where inconsistent or poor starting pitchers can just take us completely out of a ballgame.

    • Bunt Gardner

      Don’t worry, Sweaty Jerry Garcia will go on a pitching tear this September.

  • CUYanks
  • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

    http://sampearce.com/ (SFW – I think)

    Cashman failed.

    • CUYanks

      So did Andrew Friedman. Evan instead of Eva?

  • FIPster Doofus

    It’s very nice of Red Sox great Nick Swisher to aid the Yankees.

  • CUYanks

    Releasing JC Romero is really gonna hurt us this week, with him starting for the Blue Jays directly against us.