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Yanks could bench struggling Swisher

Oct 24, 2009, 11:11 AM EDT

Nick Swisher is scuffling. So much that Joe Girardi is “sleeping on” the idea of benching him for Game 6 against the Angels.

“We’ll sleep on it, and we’ll make a decision what we’re going to
do,” Girardi said Friday. “But Swisher is a good player and Swisher has
done a lot of good things for us this year. And you look at the matchup
against [Angels Game 6 starter Joe] Saunders — he’s had some hits off
of Saunders.

“It’s not just one guy necessarily that you think about,” Girardi
said. “You think about where you might put the parts. Do you flip-flop
guys? I don’t ever really rush into decisions, because the one thing
about the playoffs is you usually have a lot of time to think about it.”

Swisher is just 3-for-29 (.103) with
ten strikeouts during the postseason. He had a chance to play hero
against Brian Fuentes with the bases loaded and two out on Thursday,
but weakly flew out to shallow center field to force a Game 6. While
Swisher has been unproductive, you might be surprised to learn that
Mark Teixeira is batting just .171 (6-for-35) with nine strikeouts
during the postseason. And he’s certainly not sitting.

Swisher has enjoyed modest
success against Game 6 starter Joe Saunders, going 5-for-21 (.238) with
four walks, one home run and six RBI. If Girardi decides to bench him,
don’t be surprised to see him go with Jerry Hairston Jr., not Brett
Gardner, since he is right-handed. While Hairston would be the better
matchup against the southpaw, he hasn’t started a game in right field
since being acquired from the Reds in July. Not the ideal time for an experiment.

  1. EDWARD MEBANE - Oct 24, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    I think Swisher should be benched because he has indicated he is totally not focus. For examples: game 3 in which the Yankees lost
    when he came to bat with a runner at third base with one out on two different at bats and game 5 with the bases loaded in which he popped up. The ball was not a strike and if he had not swung it would have led to a tie ball game. Also, if you look at him, he is not comfortable at all when batting.

  2. George - Oct 24, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    Here’s what i do if i’m mgr.
    I tell Swish that he’s our guy, he’s not getting benched. I’d tell him to relax up there and have fun. I’d tell him to just go up there and be a baseball player and not try and do too much. Do what you do best, work the count and battle.

  3. ED - Oct 24, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    George, with so much at stake do you think you should take this chance . What are you going to say when he comes up to bat again with the game on the line and fail to produce.

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