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08:13 AM ET 10.16 | Nick Swisher may wind up with a case of the Verlander flu. No singular lineup move is going to miraculously cure what ails the Yankee offense these days. But Joe Girardi has to keep trying to find something that works, and for Game 3 the move that makes the most sense is benching [Swisher]. Bad enough that he's having his fourth straight unproductive postseason as a Yankee, but now Swisher seems to be of a fragile state of mind as well, after complaining about how poorly he was treated by Yankee Stadium fans over the weekend. So if I'm Girardi, I'm sitting Swisher against Justin Verlander. He's struck out 20 times against the Tigers' ace in 55 career at-bats anyway, while hitting .200 against him.

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October 16, 2012  08:26 AM ET

Near future - Bench

Distant future - Somewhere else

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October 16, 2012  09:18 AM ET

I believe Swisher just sealed his own fate as far as his Yankee career is concerned......Now he'll go back to being a mediocre nobody on some other team who's gonna overpay for him...and they'll boo the crap out of him there also...

October 16, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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The future is NOWBENCH HIM

You got it. Too late now. Could have cleaned out his locker Sunday night. He still thinks he is " Werth " money on the open market. He will end up in San Fran with the Giants.

October 16, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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Grandy - well, you get the idea.

Granderson is actually a very classy citizen-athlete. Yeah, he's getting paid, but he's done a lot for communities and to help spread the good will of baseball around the world. He's nowhere near as selfish as the two aforementioned characters.

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October 16, 2012  09:41 AM ET
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Swish - "What do I care, I'm a #($*ing multimillionaire?"ARod - "What do I care, I'm a #($*ing multimultimillionaire?"Grandy - well, you get the idea.

I would love to agree with you, but the Truth is they have been Over Matched, don't take away how good both The Oriole and Tiger Pitchers have been! Especially with men on base!

October 16, 2012  09:43 AM ET

At the end of the regular season Swisher was talking about a 100 million dollar contract being a free agent soon, but it looks like now that want happen.

October 16, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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Granderson is actually a very classy citizen-athlete. Yeah, he's getting paid, but he's done a lot for communities and to help spread the good will of baseball around the world. He's nowhere near as selfish as the two aforementioned characters.

Indeed. Granderson is a first class guy. He did all sorts of stuff for the community in Detroit and I assume he's doing things in New York as well.

October 16, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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I believe Swisher just sealed his own fate as far as his Yankee career is concerned......Now he'll go back to being a mediocre nobody on some other team who's gonna overpay for him...and they'll boo the crap out of him there also...

You know Sarge, he's playing so bad that nobody's going to want him and he just might wind up in Citi Field, they just might be able to afford him!

October 16, 2012  09:45 AM ET

The Yanks can't bench the whole lineup tonight. Someone has to face Verlander.

October 16, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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I like Grandy, but I'm just saying the Yanks don't have much power to really punish him given that he should be set for life.

True. It's looking more and more like the Tigers got the better end of that deal. Basically Grandy and EJax for Scherzer, AJax and Coke.

October 16, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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I believe Swisher just sealed his own fate as far as his Yankee career is concerned......Now he'll go back to being a mediocre nobody on some other team who's gonna overpay for him...and they'll boo the crap out of him there also...

Swisher has benefited greatly from being in a lineup where's he surrounded by hitter the other teams fear. He's the guy they pitch to.

October 16, 2012  09:48 AM ET
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True. It's looking more and more like the Tigers got the better end of that deal. Basically Grandy and EJax for Scherzer, AJax and Coke.

AJax really jumped his game up offensively this year.

October 16, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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You know Sarge, he's playing so bad that nobody's going to want him and he just might wind up in Citi Field, they just might be able to afford him!

Money ball...he's too old..we don't want him....Mets are going with youth.....2 contracts left to peel off Bay and Santana....after that...we'll probably be going with a 60-80 million $ payroll every year.....Mets learned their lesson with big money free agents....you don't need them to win...see Oakland.. Tampa....

October 16, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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Swisher has benefited greatly from being in a lineup where's he surrounded by hitter the other teams fear. He's the guy they pitch to.

My Jeter argument for years.....

 
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