Swisher Sweet! Don't Worry Yankee Fans

Bret HoffmanCorrespondent IApril 14, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 11:  Nick Swisher #33 of the New York Yankees rounds third base after hitting a 2-run home run against the Kansas City Royals on April 11, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

Yankees fans, don't worry that you spent all that money on Mark Teixeira, because another less heralded off-season pick-up, Nick Swisher, is picking up Tex's slack and showing everyone that he can still get it done as an every day player. If I was a Yankees fan, which I am most certainly not, I'd be saying take your time Tex, just take your time.

Nick Swisher is on an absolute tear since Tex became day to day with a bad wrist. He leads the American League in slugging percentage at 1.150 and has nine runs scored. He is also hitting .450 with three HR, 10 RBI, and four BB in just 20 AB. He could have four HR if not for a great catch by Carl Crawford, up against the wall, on Monday.

Now that is some great fantasy, and real life, production. Somehow, Swisher is still only owned in 46 percent of ESPN leagues, and that's after a 37.8 percent increase over the past week. If he's around you better grab him quickly, because he won't be sitting there for long.

Swisher even came in and pitched in the 8th inning of Monday's blowout loss to Tampa Bay. He struck out Gabe Kapler, who I'm sure may never hear the end of it, on a high fastball. Now that's what I call doing it all.

In fact, Swisher has been about the only ray (no pun intended) of light that the Yankees have had thus far. A-rod on the DL, Jeter struggling, Teixeira with the bum wrist, the implosion of Wang, etc.

If nothing else, I believe that even when Tex returns that Swisher has earned playing time. You might see him play some at DH or the OF, but the Yankees aren't gonna let a hot bat sit on the bench.

The point of this article is to give Nick props. Although I hate the Yankees with a passion, I love stories where guys who are supposed to be reserves get an opportunity to play every day and thrive.

Nobody is hotter than Nick Swisher right now. I would pick him up ASAP and ride the hot hand while you can.

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