From Mark Feinsand:
But Swisher has done most of his damage on the road, hitting 20 of his 23 homers away from the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium. He’s the anti-Johnny Damon.
“I’m just trying to prove to everybody that hitting home runs at Yankee Stadium isn’t that easy,” Swisher said with a chuckle.
How’s this for odd? Swisher has four homers at Camden Yards this season and three at Yankee Stadium. How is that even possible?
“I don’t even want to talk about it,” Swisher said. “I just want to keep it going.”
Joe Girardi said he’s not trying to figure it out, either.
“We’ve hit more home runs than any other team on the road as well, and Swish might be a big reason for that,” Girardi said. “I don’t try to figure out anything with Swish.”
The numbers are quite stark, as Steve Lombardi points out with these splits:
Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
Home 60 230 175 23 35 10 0 3 20 47 49 .200 .373 .309
Away 64 268 233 42 66 17 1 20 52 31 59 .283 .363 .622
Swisher has been a superstar on the road, while coming in at replacement level in the comfy confines of Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have 90 home runs on the road and Swisher has 20 of them, an astounding 22% share. He leads the team in slugging and RBI on the road, and is 3rd in doubles and 4th in hits. He is a big reason that the Yankees have the 3rd best road record in baseball, just behind the Phillies and Angels.
The question is, why does Swish have such an extreme split? He does seem like the kind of guy who wants to please the NY crowd, and may be pressing while at home. However, he has never exhibited a split like this before, suggesting that it may just be luck. There is nothing in his swing that should make Yankee Stadium a more difficult place for him to hit dingers. It is probably an anomaly that will even out over time.
What do you think? Do you have an explanation?
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