First pitch: Swisher's postseason struggles
October, 10, 2012
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Debby Wong/US PresswireNick Swisher hasn't had much to celebrate in the postseason.
Coming into this postseason, Nick Swisher's numbers weren't pretty. After Monday night, those numbers look even worse.
With runners on second and third and two out in the seventh in Game 2, and the Yanks down 3-2, Swisher flew out to left.
The out left Swisher with just one hit in his past 33 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
A single would have given the Yanks a lead, but the flyout -- an all-too-regular postseason occurrence for the Yankee outfielder -- ended a pivotal Yankee threat in the loss.
Swisher has been strong in the regular season, averaging 26 homers and 87 RBIs while batting .268 over four seasons in pinstripes.
But the switch hitter has been a postseason bust in New York.
Entering the 2012 playoffs, Swisher was batting .160 with four homers and five RBIs in 28 games in the postseason.
Before Game 1, he told ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand that he "might pull out an A-Rod this postseason, you never know."
He was referring to A-Rod's remarkable 2009 postseason. And in Game 1, Swisher got off to a good start, going 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.
But Game 2 was a different story. Swisher went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, failing to get a hit in two at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Of course, we could be watching Swisher's final at-bats as a Yankee. He is a free-agent after the season and indications from both sides are that Swisher may not be wearing pinstripes next year.
Question: If Swisher continues to struggle, do you want the Yankees to let him walk?
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