Yanks sticking with Swisher
Nick Swisher has seen no pitcher more in his career than John Lackey, logging 51 plate appearances against tonight’s Angels starting pitcher, and there has not been a whole lot of success to speak of.
Swisher is hitting .116 (5-for-43) with a double, home run and four RBIs and 17 strikeouts against Lackey, but Joe Girardi said that the Yankees have seen his history show good work without results (they haven’t locked up in 2009).
“I know the numbers aren’t great, but he has battled Lackey and I like that,” Girardi said. “When a guy has tough at-bats, it affects the whole lineup. It only takes one pitch to run into that.”
Swisher’s batting average is the lowest on the Yankees vs. Lackey; Alex Rodriguez (.176, 9-for-51, 23 K’s) is second. Most successful Bombers bats include Jorge Posada (.414, 12-for-29), Mark Teixeira (.388, 19-for-49) and Melky Cabrera (.360, 9-for-26).