Nick Swisher hit a big go-ahead home run last night, his 23rd of the year. An amazing amount considering that he was traded for Wilson Betemit and was actually supposed to be a backup outfielder behind Xavier Nady.
Whats more amazing is that he’s done it almost completely away from the new Yankee Stadium which many people have called a bandbox.
“I feel like the walls are right on top of on the road and they seem a mile away at Yankee Stadium,” he said. “It’s frustrating. I sort of have to remind myself that I’m having a good season anyway.”
Just take a look at his season splits:
Home: 60 games, 23 runs, 35 hits, 3 home runs, 20 RBI’s, .200 BA, .309 SLUG%, .681 OPS
Away: 64 games, 42 runs, 66 hits, 23 home runs, 52 RBI’s, .283 BA, .622 SLUG%, .986 OPS
Wow, quite a difference there and it’s not just home runs, he’s just not hitting period in the Bronx.
The strange thing is that it seems like it could be pure coincidence. He’s not hitting particularly better from one side than the other, meaning he’s not just doing it all right handed in a left-handed hitters ball park.
Also, taking a look at his hitting chart, his shots seem pretty spread out between shots to left field and right field. So he isn’t exactly losing home runs at Yankee Stadium out in the deep part of the park in left-center.
Weird, huh? I guess it’s one disadvantage to having home-field advantage in the playoffs.