I have received all types of emails about potential lineup changes for the Yankees to consider, most of which fall into the “this is borderline spam” category (the guy who wants to start Hairston over Cano, for instance).
One concept worth considering, though, is this: Should Nick Swisher stay in the lineup?
Swisher has three hits in 29 at-bats. He has 10 strikeouts. He also has one big missed opportunity to make it all better, that coming in the ninth inning yesterday against Brian Fuentes.
The two main arguments against moving Swisher out of the lineup seem to be:
1. There is no one better. Brett Gardner (91 OPS+) or Jerry Hairston (94) certainly don’t get anyone fired up, and the truth is that Swisher is a better player than both. Which leads us to …
2. You don’t want to make a rash move based on a small sample size.
This one I have less trouble ignoring. The playoffs are the ultimate small sample size. Yes, certain players have done enough in their careers to earn undying faith no matter their present slump – for example, if Mariano blew three saves in a row, I’d still bring him out for the fourth chance.
Swisher, though, doesn’t fall into that category. He looks bad right now. Small sample size or not, it might be time to see if someone else could do better.