ab wrote:I've been close to dropping him, but here is a bit of encouragement to keep him:
Swisher's slash stats from June/July '06 -
2006 is the year he hit 35 hr with a .372 obp. What it comes down to with Swish is, I think you have to take bad months with the good. Give him another month. If his obp and slg are below .300 again this month, dump him onto the Andruw Jones trash pile.
If Ozzie buries him and starts playing Brian Anderson, ignore everything I just said...
Haha, you know that's actually even more discouraging in a way, b/c it tells us that Swisher's worst months of the season are actually coming up. His career splits on OPS my month go: April 851, May 829, June 706, July 806, August 770, September 865.
He seems to have a tendency to swoon in the middle of the summer--even in July, when he manages to OPS above 800, his average is 227 and his slugging is a mediocre 450, so the only reason for the good OPS is walking.
Maybe buy him at the trade deadline and then wait until September to play him?