The Best Laid Plans

As the blackout last week rolled on, the conversations between my father and me inevitably rolled to baseball. One thing he kept bringing up was how this upcoming Hot Stove season would be the most challenging for Yankee GM Brian Cashman. While I think there may have been more pressure to reload after missing the playoffs in 2008, I’m more or less in league with my dad on this one. With the 2014 budget in mind, it’s hard to know just exactly what the Yankees will do this winter. We know they won’t get younger for the sake of getting Continue reading The Best Laid Plans

Fair value for Nick Swisher

Ask anyone who the best Yankee is and the answer will always be the same: Robinson Cano. Ask anyone who the second best Yankee is, however, and things get murkier. Some will say Derek Jeter. Others will say CC Sabathia. Few would say Nick Swisher, few except Fangraphs, that is. Your number two Yankee in terms of fWAR is none other than Nick Swisher. Swisher wasn’t just the second best Yankee in terms of wins either. He was also number two on the team in wOBA (.363) and wRC+ (128). Throw in the fact that he also rates as a Continue reading Fair value for Nick Swisher

Replacing The Underrated Nick Swisher

Nick Swisher‘s future in pinstripes looks like it has come to a bitter end. Bitter, not because his play was underwhelming, but because consecutive postseason slumps caught up to him at the worst possible time. This offseason will be Swisher’s first time entering free agency, and entering his next season at 32 years old, it’ll likely be his last opportunity to earn a big contract. Although I can’t speak for the right fielder, he showed a lot of enthusiasm in his four years with the Yankees, and there seemed to be a genuine connection with the fans, the city, and Continue reading Replacing The Underrated Nick Swisher

Nick Swisher’s Hitting Mechanics

After a prolonged September slump, Nick Swisher is one of the hottest hitters on the team. From August 27th to September 16th, the right fielder hit just .127/.244/.211. After a scheduled day off and a rain suspended game, Swisher has since picked things up with a .385/.484/.731 tripleslash. He’s got 4 homeruns over his last 6 games, and he’s driving runners in. Ichiro Suzuki‘s hot streak has helped this team get runners on base, but Swisher’s homeruns have become even more important . The bat has come alive at the right time, which leaves me wondering whether it’s just luck Continue reading Nick Swisher’s Hitting Mechanics

Trying to come to terms

The next line is going to be hard for me to read later and it’s something I wish I didn’t have to write, but here goes: Nick Swisher is most likely not going to be back with the Yankees in 2013. Writing that sucked. I’ve been a Nick Swisher fan (almost to a fault) since the day he arrived in the Bronx, and he’s served the team well. Not including last night’s game, Swisher has hit .267/.365/.485/.850, good enough for a 123 OPS+ and a .367 wOBA and a 125 wRC+. He’s been worth 8.7 bWAR and 13.6 fWAR. His Continue reading Trying to come to terms

If Tex has to hit the DL…

Good morning, everyone. Nothing like some good old Panic Button hitting to wake you up, huh? Anyway, Mark Teixeira left last night’s game with an apparent wrist injury, but thankfully, the x-rays were negative. Still, it makes sense to plan for the worst (even if our plans won’t necessarily be implemented) so let’s talk about what happens if Tex has to hit the DL with a wrist injury. The first thing that ran through my head seems a bit unconventional, but I think it’s worth a shot. If Tex has to miss time, why not call up one of the Continue reading If Tex has to hit the DL…

Can the Yankees afford to keep Nick Swisher?

With Nick Swisher‘s contract expiring at the end of the 2012 season and no obvious internal replacement, the Yankees will have a tough decision to make this offseason about whether to retain the services of their 31 year-old right fielder.  On the surface, retaining Swisher seems like an easy call.  He has been durable, playing 150 games/season over the last 3 years.  He has been productive, putting up wRC+’s in the 120-130 range throughout his Yankee career, and averaging 27 home runs/season.  He is a fan favorite and a good clubhouse presence, and at 31 should still be productive over Continue reading Can the Yankees afford to keep Nick Swisher?

Hoping for a Swisher spark from a small sample

Late last month, I took a look at the slow start Nick Swisher was off to. He had seemingly reverted to an approach he used in 2010, but the results were obviously no where near the same as they were in 2010. However, after the disaster that was May for Nick–.242 wOBA, 42 wRC+–June has seen Swisher looking a bit more like himself. In the small sample that has been Swisher’s June, ten games and 32 plate appearances, we’ve seen a mostly normal Nick. His walk rate has been a more Swisher-like 15.8% after a disastrous 4.3 mark in May Continue reading Hoping for a Swisher spark from a small sample

2012 looking like 2010 for Swisher, excepting the results

In 2010, Nick Swisher came into the year with a narrative in tow. After struggling in the 2009 playoffs, where he hit just .128/.255/.234/.489 with one home run, Swisher decided a new approach was needed. He started swinging at more pitches and going more for contact. Sure enough, the plan worked. He posted a career best batting average of .288 and still managed to have a solid Iso of .223. The overall product, a .377 wOBA, was not much different than the product in 2009 was (.375 wOBA) when Swisher did his usual thing at the plate (low average, high Continue reading 2012 looking like 2010 for Swisher, excepting the results