Yankees role player Nick Swisher had no place to go but up after batting only .219 with the White Sox. Now a member of the Ny Yankees he has hit the ground running as a role player and is starting to turn some heads into believing that he should be fighting Xavier Nady for the everyday spot in right field.
Now granted we are only a few games into the season but how do you bench a guy that has 7 hits 3 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 Homers in just 13 AB’s. I would think his 9 RBI’s and .538 batting average in 5 games will force Manager Joe Girardi to find ways to keep him in the line-up.
Nick has had his share of success in the past hitting 35 HR and 97 RBI’s in 2006 while batting with the Oakland Athletics. There should definitely be appeal to having a third switch hitter with power in the batting order to compliment Jorge Posada and Mark Texiera. If the Yankees were to bat them 4,5,6 in the order it would make it impossible for opposing teams to mix and match pitching late in a close game.
At any rate Swish is definitely on fire and his play in the field , as he showed playing at first base yesterday, and at the plate is more convincing evidence that he should be the everyday guy in the line-up. Yesterday Swisher scored 3 times on 2 hits that included a triple and a HR he also had 3 RBI’s and walked twice in the Yankees 6-1 win over the Royals. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that Swisher might play in todays series finale.