Don’t look now but Derek Jeter has found his swing again. Early in the season “The Captain” was struggling with his stroke. The past few games, Jeter has opened up his mind and just let it flow. It appears that he finally stopped listening to all of the critics who were saying that “he’s too old, he’s lost a step, he doesn’t have power anymore, and his bat is too slow.”
Jeter quit thinking about it and just started trying to hit the ball again. That philosophy is starting to pay off for the New York Yankees and their much-scrutinized leadoff hitter.
Jeter homered twice after going 62 games without a long ball and finished with four hits to raise his batting average 20 points as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 12-5 on Sunday, winning two of three in their only regular-season series in the Lone Star State this season.
Of course, the questions never stop. Now the self-loathing Yankees fans will demand Jeter avoid the weak groundouts and lazy fly balls that filled April. Funny thing is, if he were putting up these same numbers and he wasn’t Derek Jeter, there would be no questions. His numbers are adequate for his position. He just set the bar very high. Therefore he is a victim of his own success.
Jeter is currently sitting at 2960 hits (40 shy of 3000). Chances are he will get there pretty quickly, possibly by mid July. Jeter couldn’t have heated up at a better time as the Yankees have dropped four out of their last six games. Maybe some of Jeter’s fortune will rub off on Jorge Posada as he is officially struggling as the Yankees Designated Hitter. Jorge is batting a mere .149 and declining fast. He began the season hitting home runs every 4 to 5 at bats but now he is in a tremendous rut. Posada who is 39 no longer has catching duties and his replacements have been more than adequate offensively and defensively as thy Yankees have improved at the position.
I suspect the Yankees will give the wily veteran a chance to get it together, but as the All Star Break approaches it’s going to be harder to keep him in the lineup if he doesn’t improve.
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