C.C. Sabathia. A.J. Burnett. Mark Teixeira. The Yanks added some big names to their roster this season. The best one and two starters in the game. One of the best first basemen.
The early front-runner for best addition? The little talked about acquisition of all-around player Nick Swisher.
Not only has Swisher turned out to be the best addition, he is currently the best player on the team.
He is leading the team in average, home runs, and runs batted in. He is currently the best offensive player on the team. But that's not where his contributions end.
Monday night he was also the best pitcher on the mound for New York. When your starting pitcher only lasts an inning, a team has no choice but to take desperate measures. It's either completely deplete your bullpen or go to your last resort: the back-up pitcher.
In the eighth inning, the Yanks had no choice but to turn to Nick Swisher. He did not disappoint.
His team may have been losing by ten runs but Swisher didn't let it ruin his good time. Just like most people watching the game, Swisher seemed to get a kick out himself on the mound. Even laughing and signaling for the ball after striking out Gabe Kapler.
That's right. Swisher pitched a scoreless inning AND struck a batter out. Maybe the Yankees have answered that burning question: Who will be a reliable set-up man for Rivera?
The season is young. Teixeira started a bit slow and missed three games due to injury. His stats are no indication of how he will be the rest of the season.
CC didn't fare well his first outing but bounced back his next start going 7.2 innings with no earned runs.
And Burnett had a solid first outing and was even better his second time on the mound.
As the season goes on, the three big guys should move Swisher to the back burner. But for now, Nick Swisher is making headlines both at the plate and on the mound.
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