Swisher prefers 'Pac to Biggie

After putting up crappy numbers through the first two months of the season (his OBP was higher than his SLG), Swish Dog went out and had a heck of a West Coast trip to totally redeem himself.

A big reason that the team finished 6-3 on the trek, Swish hit .276/.447/.655 with a homer in each city (he really should have finished with four), five RBI, nine walks, five strikeouts and eight hits in 29 at-bats. Those were his first homers since May 7 and he was 0 for his last 13 heading into the trip. Actually, he was 6-for-20 over the first six games before a less-sexy-but-still-attractive Anaheim series…keep in mind he faced some of the best pitching in the AL on the trip.

With the effort, he saw his average jump .11 points, his OBP raise .21 points and his SLG increase from .289 to .348. His number as a lefty are still lacking compared to as a righty, but his K% (24.3) is down from his career average (25.2) and his BB% (15.8) is up from his career average (13.4).

I know it’s a small sample size but it’s reassuring to see him produce again. I hope he keeps this up for the Boston series (at least).

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