After a prolonged September slump, Nick Swisher is one of the hottest hitters on the team. From August 27th to September 16th, the right fielder hit just .127/.244/.211. After a scheduled day off and a rain suspended game, Swisher has since picked things up with a .385/.484/.731 tripleslash. He’s got 4 homeruns over his last 6 games, and he’s driving runners in. Ichiro Suzuki‘s hot streak has helped this team get runners on base, but Swisher’s homeruns have become even more important .
The bat has come alive at the right time, which leaves me wondering whether it’s just luck or a change in his approach at the plate. Seeing the ball better is probably what he’d tell you, but why are all 4 recent homeruns hit from the left side? Looking back to his more recent slumps from August and September, it would appear that there are some differences in his leg kick.
It’s referred to as a hitter’s stride, and largely acts as both the timing mechanism and a source of power. On the left, we see Swisher take a longer and higher leg kick from the beginning of August, as opposed to a shorter kick on the homerun he hit Monday. While a bigger leg kick can result in more power, it also hurts your timing, giving you less chance to adjust yourself on pitches. You’ll see that during the homrun derby, players will exaggerate their leg kick to gain power off slow pitches, however they’ll often look completely mistimed on otherwise perfectly hittable pitches down the middle of the strike zone.
Most players don’t need a big leg kick off your typical pitcher, as they generate power from their high velocity. That said, we’re seeing an increasing number of players incorporate this type of power inducing stride during contract years. Last year, we witnessed a pretty rare Albert Pujols slump throughout May, and it was a change in stride that correlated with the slump. Players are likely hoping that larger power numbers increase their overall value on the free agent market in upcoming offseasn, but more often fall victim to slumps.
Nick Swisher is also facing a contract year this fall, so the large leg kick we saw in from the GIF in August could be his attempt to create more power. During this most recent streak, we’re seeing a much smaller and shorter stride, which has surely helped his timing. Now he just has to keep it this way for the playoffs.
LIKE TYA ON FACEBOOK
- TYA To Merge With It’s About The Money, Stupid
- What about Kevin Youkilis?
- Teix Now Front And Center On The “Needs To Produce” Radar
- Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate
- A Dog Chasing Cars
- Outfield Trade Targets
- The Problem With Brett Gardner
- A Look At Relief Prospect Branden Pinder
- The Yankees Should Be Realistic, Put Team on Short Leash in 2013
- Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- Brand bc on Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- http://2804lasela.wordpress.com/ on TYA Predictions: Bold predictions for 2012
- the tao of badass pdf on What about Austin Romine?
- Joey Parkhill on Dante Bichette Jr’s Swing
- lululemon factory outlet on Contact Us
- Cary on Will R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball Succeed In A Domed Stadium?
- Brenna on Links: Prospects, Support for A-Rod, Mariano is Love and Who’s in Center?
- Louis Vuitton Outlet Sale Singapore on The Monthly Prospector: April Edition
- Authentic Louis Vuitton Outlet Store on The Monthly Prospector: June Edition
- Louis Vuitton Outlet San Diego on Banuelos to Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Yankees Prospectors to Undergo Grief Counseling
TagsA.J. Burnett Alex Rodriguez Andy Pettitte Austin Romine Baltimore Orioles Bartolo Colon Boston Red Sox Brett Gardner Brian Cashman Bullpen CC Sabathia Chien-Ming Wang Cliff Lee Curtis Granderson David Robertson Dellin Betances Derek Jeter Francisco Cervelli Freddy Garcia Game Recap Hiroki Kuroda Ivan Nova Javier Vazquez Jesus Montero Joba Chamberlain Joe Girardi Johnny Damon Jorge Posada Manny Banuelos Mariano Rivera Mark Teixeira Melky Cabrera Michael Pineda New York New York Yankees Nick Johnson Nick Swisher Phil Hughes Prospects Rafael Soriano Red Sox Robinson Cano Russell Martin Tampa Bay Rays Yankees