Monday, May 24, 2010

Jeter's Bat May Be Coming Around

Derek Jeter's poor start has been a hot topic lately. Today, on ESPN's 1st and 10 they even asked if this is the beginning of the end for the Yankees shortstop?

I think it's a way too early to turn a simple slump into evidence that Jeter is done. If he's hitting .276 in July, then let's start with this stuff, but until then it's just a slump, and one that could be coming to an end.

Let's look at how his season has gone so far: Jeter hit a very respectable .321/.354/.491 over the first 24 games of the season. Then, over the next 16 games he hit .169/.234/.211. But over his last four games he's hitting .368/.400/.474 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI, and a more important sign that things are turning for Jeet is that he's start to hit more balls to right field.

Also, his BABIP, which currently sits a .302, is 56 points below his career mark, and that should go up at least a little as the season goes on.

So, is a rough 16-game stretch really worth all this speculation?

I don't think so.

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