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Good news for Phillies: Yanks bench Swisher, Posada

Oct 29, 2009, 4:46 PM EDT

Jorge Posada’s absence was expected with Jose Molina having caught A.J. Burnett in each of the right-hander’s three previous postseason starts, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the surprising decision Thursday to remove Nick Swisher from the starting lineup for Game 2 of the World Series and replace him with Jerry Hairston Jr. in right field.
The changes subtract two players who combined for 51 homers and 163 RBI in 864 at-bats this year in exchange for two players who combined for 11 homers and 43 RBI in 521 at-bats.
Swisher has struggled mightily in the postseason, coming in at 4-for-35 with a 12/3 K/BB ratio. Still, that hardly outweighs his 869 OPS for the year or his 924 mark after the All-Star break. Girardi pointed to the fact that Hairston is 10-for-27 lifetime against Phillies starter Pedro Martinez, even though most of those at-bats came many years ago. Most of those hits were singles anyway, and not a one of them drove in a run.
The Phillies have to be feeling awfully encouraged with the Yankees apparently already in panic mode.

  1. Joe - Oct 29, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Panic mode is a little extreme, don’t you think? Harriston apparently owns Pedro Martinez (like the rest of Yankee Stadium). And, like you said, Jorge was already out as A.J.’s catcher.

  2. Matthew Pouliot - Oct 29, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    “Owns” is overstating it, though 10-for-27 is something. But Hairston hasn’t had an at-bat against Martinez since 2004.

  3. Phil - Oct 29, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    So basically, when the Yankees should be taking advantage of 1) having a good DH (versus stop-gap solution that NL teams have to employ) and 2) superior AL lineup (I’m a huge Phills fan and even I will conceed their line-up is stronger 1-9 (over a 162 game season)), Girardi has basically converted his team into an NL line-up…

  4. lololol - Oct 29, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    10 for 27 is owning someone? What color is the air in the world you are from? Although a .370 lifetime average isn’t to shabby, owning him is a little strong of a term to use

  5. Andrew - Oct 29, 2009 at 6:36 PM

    Seriously, does this blog exist to piss people off or analysis — because you come through with flying colors on the first and fail miserably on the second!
    PS — Why WOULDN’T you bench a player that isn’t hitting?

  6. Evan - Oct 29, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    This is asinine criticism of Girardi.
    1) When Swisher is cold, he’s ice cold. White Sox fans know this too well.
    2) Hairston hasn’t had an AB versus Pedro since 2004, but doesn’t that make his stats more impressive? Pre-2004 Pedro was a much more dominant pitcher. And for comparison, Johnny Damon’s a career .200 .238 .200 hitter versus Martinez. Jeter’s at .250 .345 .408.
    Good move by Girardi, and a (hopefully motivated) Swisher will be the top choice to pinch hit later in the game.

  7. frankievegas - Oct 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    who ever wrote this article doesnt know what end of the bad to hold.
    what a waits of time.

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