Swisher Salutes (Week 2 – 4/12 to 4/18)
With all the focus on the Yankees starting pitching, which was stellar over the first home stand, the play of some of the hitters has gone relatively unnoticed. However, when you take a look at the stats, once again the Yankees are being led on the field by their captain and the current face of the franchise. Jeter had an unbelievable home stand, going 11 for 22 (.500 BA/.500 OBP/.955 SLG) with 3 homers and 7 RBIs, leading the Yankees to a 5-1 record for the week. Despite sitting out the last game with a head cold, his 11 hits easily led the team. He had at least 2 hits in each of the 5 games this week, giving him 7 multi-hit games on the season and an 11 game hitting streak to start the season. With the lack of production from the Bombers’ two most feared hitters, Mark Teixiera and Alex Rodriguez, the production from other spots in the order has been even more vital to the team’s success early on. Jeter is tied for second on the team with his 3 homers, and is now leading all everyday players on the team in batting average, hitting at a .380 clip. Jeter is hitting a point in his career where most players begin a decline in production, but don’t tell him that! Once again he has started off strong on the way to another Jeter-esque season, his 15th full season in the league.
Honorable Mention for this week goes to:
Andy Pettitte (2-0, 1.29 ERA – 2 ER in 14 IP in 2 starts)
A.J. Burnett (1-0, 0.00 ERA – 0 ER in 7 IP in 1 start)
Curtis Granderson: 1 (wk. 1)
Derek Jeter: 1 (wk. 2)
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