So Nick Johnson is expected to hit the disabled list at some point today with another right wrist injury. Nick will take his ailing wrist and .396 on-base percentage back to New York for further testing. So now, who should bat second for the Yankees?

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Option #1: Nick Swisher

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Over the last week, Swisher has been tearing the cover off the ball. He has hit four home runs in 23 at-bats while hitting over .400. On the season, Swisher has boasted a .380 on-base percentage.

Swisher has hit in #2 hole five times this season. The results have been sub-par. Swisher is 2 for 21 (.095) compared to hitting .315 when he hits in the 6th-8th hole. Manager Joe Girardi may opt to ride the hot hand and slot Swisher in between Jeter and Teixeira.

Option #2: Brett Gardner

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Gardner has really surprised some people this year. He is hitting .346 with 13 stolen bases in only 28 games this year. Gardner is carrying a .430 on-base percentage thus far.

Gardner has three starts hitting in the #2 hole this year. He is 3 for 10 with a .429 Babip (batted balls in play).

Gardner’s speed makes him such asset to the team. However, Yankee fans cannot expect him to keep up his current pace. I definitely think Gardner could steal 60 bases this year, but I doubt he’ll hit .300.

The Verdict

More times than not, I think Joe Girardi will bat Swisher in the #2 hole. Swisher has a career .357 on-base percentage compared to Gardner’s .344 OBP. This is also Swisher’s 7th full season in the league. Don’t get me wrong, I’m just as excited about Gardner as the next Yankee fan, but we cannot expect the world from him. This is first season as a starter and having him hit lower in the order keeps the pressure low. Girardi may opt to hit Gardner 2nd if the Yankees are facing a righty, so we’ll just wait and see.

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