It was exactly what he wanted, and it was exactly what the Yankees were looking for when they gave Swisher a few days off to clear his mind and work on his swing. He was in the lineup against a right-handed starter for the first time in a week, and in his second at-bat against Michael Pineda, Swisher smoked a ball over the wall in center field.
That’s where Franklin Gutierrez went up and over to rob the home run.
“No chance,” Swisher said. “I hit that ball really well, but what are you going to do? He looked like Michael Jordan on that play.”
Later, Swisher said he never actually saw the catch, only saw the reaction of shortstop Brendan Ryan.
“My swing feels good,” Swisher said. “So it’s not like I’m worried about that right now. I just need to get those hits to start coming a little bit. It seems like I’ve been putting some good swings on some balls of late and haven’t really had anything drop in. What are you going to do? Just shake your head and move on.”
Swisher’s hit a lot of line drives this season, and his batting average on balls in play is lower than it should be. He’s run into some bad luck, and there’s no doubt last night’s Gold Glove catch by a Gold Glove center fielder was some of that bad luck hurting him once again.
But Swisher knows that results matter, and right now the results aren’t there.
“I know it’s going to change,” he said. “I’m the type of guy, I like being good at something. If I just keep grinding, keep doing the things I know I can, I’m not worried about a thing.”
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