Nick Swisher is sure to become a New York Yankees favorite because he’s just a dude that likes to chillax, have fun playing baseball, and has put his diznick in a box. Yes, he did. Picture after the jump.
In any case, the Yankees were lucky that Swisher took his other piece of wood out of its case and used it to drub the ball against the Baltimore Orioles, helping the Yanks to a 11-2 victory (Boxscore). Swisher went 3-for-5, including a dinger and double, totaling five RBIs for the Bronx Bombers. I predict that Swisher will soon become a crowd favorite the way he was during his days with the Oakland Athletics. If not for the signing of Mark Teixeira, Swisher would have been the everyday 1B, but alas, he was swept to the side after Markenstein joined the team. However, Swish’s production against the Orioles showed what he’s capable of. But will he get enough chances?
It looks like at this point that manager Joe Girardi will rotate him, Xavier Nady, and Hideki Matsui between the RF and DH spots, which could serve the Yanks well over the long haul as this would get Matsui some rest and theoretically keep players more durable into the postseason.
In any case, the Yankees’ offense looked strong with not only Swisher doing well, but also the aforementioned Teixeira who hit his first official home run wearing pinstripes. Robinson Cano, whom I earlier said was going to make a big comeback this season, raked three hits including one over the wall.
However, while the offense was the story, you can’t ignore AJ Burnett stopping the bleeding and humiliation of losing to the Baltimore Orioles the first two games of the series. Burnett went 5.1 strong innings striking out six and giving up two runs, earning his first Yankees win.
The team travels to Kansas City to play the Royals in a three-game set. Hopefully the Yanks step up their games and keep it there against the Royals as they don’t need to lose another series that they should win.
Current Record: 1-2