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Joe tries to calm Swisher

Nick Swisher

Nick Swisher

#33 RF
New York Yankees

2011 STATS

  • GM150
  • HR23

  • RBI85

  • R81

  • OBP.374

  • AVG.260

Joe Girardi recently talked to Nick Swisher about remaining calm in the postseason.

Swisher's demeanor is nothing if not fired up. Some have said that attitude has hurt him in the postseason.

During his Yankees tenure, Swisher has struggled in the pressure-cooker of October baseball. He is a .148 (12-for-81), batting 6-for-47 in 2009 and 6-for-34 last season. He has three home runs and just four RBIs spanning those two seasons.

"We've talked about it," Girardi said when asked about getting his right fielder to relax in the postseason. "And I think going through it a couple of times has helped him. My hope is we see a different Swish.... And you hope it just starts today, that he doesn't get too hyped up.

"That's one of the biggest things that you have to guard against this postseason, because ... a lot of the time it's the teams that don't try to do too much that end up winning the whole thing."

HEALTHY TEX IS GOOD TEX: Mark Teixeira played in the 2010 postseason with a broken toe and a banged up hand. His season ended when he ruptured his hamstring in the ALCS.

"Physically, he was a mess," Girardi said. "Just a real mess."

So it's no surprise that he hit 3-for-14 in the division series and 0-for-14 in the championship series.

But, as Girardi noted before Friday's game, Teixeira will enter the 2011 postseason with a clean bill of health. It helped that Teixeira got three days off in September.

"Physically, I just felt that he needed it," Girardi said. ".... Sometimes that's hard, but sometimes as the manager we're looking at the bigger prize. The prize is the end of October."

Teixeira is batting .170 (15-for-88) with three home runs and 11 RBIs in his two postseasons with the Yankees. When the Yankees won the World Series in 2009, he went 11-for-51 in the three series.