Andruw Jones blasted 2 two-run home runs yesterday en route to a 7-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays and another series victory. I read an interesting article in the New York Post by Kevin Kernan today that I wished to share. The article points out that it just might be time to give Andruw Jones some more ABs, considering the struggles of designated hitter Jorge Posada and right fielder Nick Swisher.
The veteran has shown himself to be a professional hitter. Swisher has had more than three times the at-bats Jones has had (152 to 50), yet Jones owns twice as many home runs (Jones four, Swisher two). Jones’ three-hit day upped his average to .240.
Cashman talked about how Jones gives manager Joe Girardi another good button to push. Pushing that button a little more often would be a good thing. There is a fine line. You don’t want to overuse Jones, but he deserves more at-bats, especially considering Swisher’s continued struggles.
Maybe, just maybe, it's time to go to Jones a little more often. Perhaps if he had a few more plate appearances per week, he'd be able to adjust a bit better rather than randomly being called upon for a game or two per week. Oh, there's also this guy Jorge Vazquez who has absolutely been raking the ball down in Scranton Wilkes-Barre.
While most of Swisher's struggles have come specifically from bad luck, maybe a few Jones at bats in the meantime will be more beneficial for the Yankees? Or perhaps Girardi should stick with Swisher and Posada in hopes that the ship will be righted.
What are your thoughts?