Let’s start off with the quite obvious statement that has almost everyone in a frenzy: Derek Jeter isn’t playing like Derek Jeter.
He’s hitting better in this series against the Angels, going 3-for-6 with a walk but in his last 10 games, the numbers aren’t that great; he’s 9-for his last-41 (.220) with 9 K’s, 3 walks and 2 RBI’s. Hey, it could be worse, he could be under the Mendoza line, but Jeter certainly could perform better at the plate. There are many slumping players on the Yankees, but Jeter seems to garner the most attention since he’s coming off a serious ankle injury which required him to miss almost all of the 2013 season. It also doesn’t hurt to mention that he’ll be 40-years-old in June and is one of the very few 40-year-old players in the game. So with Jeter struggling, should the Yankees be concerned?
The Yankees shouldn’t be concerned with Jeter at this very moment; as I mentioned before, many of the Yankees are slumping. But if Jeter continues to struggle, the Yankees might consider moving him down in the batting order or they might give Brendan Ryan a few starts at shortstop to give Jeter a mental breather. For now I imagine they’ll let Jeter work out of his skid on his own like many other Yankees that are slumping, but how long will the Yankees wait until they make a move that wouldn’t be in Jeter’s favor? That’s the million dollar question no one has the answer to, but if Jeter is quickly able to turn things around and start hitting to his potential, that question will never need a solution.