At this point, Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano seem to be locks for the All-Star Game. We’ve spent plenty of time discussing the merits of Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte as starting pitcher options, and Mariano Rivera might be having the best season of his career.
But two Yankees outfielders have somewhat quietly put up all-star caliber numbers.
Brett Gardner might be a real dark horse candidate, especially given Joe Girardi’s stated preference for players he knows can help him win the game. As an email from Robert pointed out: “A player who can get on base, get into scoring position, and come home on any ball put in play could easily make the difference between winning and losing.”
Gardner leads all American League outfielders in on-base percentage. He’s third in runs, fourth in stolen bases and fourth in batting average.
Swisher is beating Gardner in the fan voting — no real surprise there — and he has the 10th-most home runs and the eighth-most RBI of any AL outfielder. He’s seventh in slugging percentage and 10th in on-base percentage.
If you were Joe Girardi and you had room on the roster for two outfielders, would you take the Yankees? If you could take only one, which would it be?
Associated Press photo of Swisher trying to vote twice.