Girardi Starting to Sound a Bit Like Torre
Picking "his guys" based on what he's seen with his own eyes, and not statistical data.
From Pete Abe:
"Girardi said this morning that if the season started tomorrow, Xavier Nady would be his right fielder based on what he did last season."
From Ken Davidoff:
"Xavier Nady, the Yankees' rightfielder, may be the star-laden team's most under-the-radar regular player. But with A-Rod out until mid-May after hip surgery, Nady might just become front and center in the lineup - especially against lefthanders, whom he has hit to a .308 career clip."
Nick Swisher is better than Nady in every aspect of the game. Nady's not bad, and he's got a career OPS+ of 108 that says he's slightly above average, but he had a career year last year (for Pittsburgh - his Yankee stats were right along with his career line) while Swisher had the worst season of his career (thanks in no small part to Ozzie Guillen). Not only is Swisher better with the bat (career OPS+ 112 - qand if you compare with Nady if you throw out last season it's not even close) but he's better defensively (UZR) and has a much higher ceiling. Nady's career high in homers (25) would be an average year for Swisher.
Let's just hope Giradi gets Swisher into the mix - he's too good to be left rotting on the bench while inferior players start in his stead.
Labels: joe girardi, nick swisher, torre is dumb, x nady
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 10:18 AM