Nick Swisher took a Jon Lester pitch to the gap in left center field in the fifth inning of the showdown between the Red Sox and Yankees. And in a rare moment this season, Swisher had a hit with runners on base (he’s now .210 in those situations) and two RBI. Hits haven’t just been coming hard for him with runners on. They have been hard to get period.
Looking into his numbers, the reason for Swisher’s demise in the early part of this season is hard to find. Comparing this year to last year when he was ranked 56th overall, all the numbers are very similar.
- His line drive rate is better than it was a year ago so far.
- His HR to FB ratio is worse than it has ever been which is simply a reflection on terrible luck.
- His fly ball rate is two tenths of a percentage point off of what it was a season ago.
- His strikeout rate is actually a little better so far this season.
About the only problems I find with Swisher is that his numbers were a little inflated last year due to a high BABIP and that he is struggling on the left side of the plate. That has me thinking that nights like tonight will come more frequently as his luck comes back around. Once he starts hitting will from the left side of the plate again, the power will come back. Swisher has just one home run at home despite playing in one of the better power parks for left-handers.
- Jemile Weeks (brother of Rickie) was called up and led off for the A’s.
- The Dodgers called up Dee Gordon (son of former pitcher “Flash”) and he will be the Dodgers everyday shortstop while Rafael Furcal is on the DL.
- “What Jason needs to realize is that Jason at 80 percent is a force, and Jason at 80 percent is better than a lot of people in this league. And that there are a bunch of his teammates that are out there playing with discomfort and not healthy, and still going at it.” – Chipper Jones on Jason Heyward who was eligible to come off the DL today. Sounds to me like he is calling out a teammate.
- The Nationals organization is essentially looking the other way after Bryce Harper kissed the opposing pitcher on a home run last night. They claim he’s just a kid.
- Brian Roberts is at least two weeks away from beginning baseball activities.
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