There has been conversation among Yankees fans that Derek Jeter should be dropped in the order due to his limited production this season. Fans have toyed with the idea of moving Jeter to the seven spot to give more productive hitters a chance to hit up in the order. However Joe Girardi isn’t moving Jeter down in the order and he has faith Jeter can get into a hot streak.
“He’s always been a guy that has responded during the course of time,” Girardi said to the New York Daily News. “People have been ready to say that you should move him, and one year he ended up with 200-plus hits, and that sort of thing. You can look at Derek in the No. 2 spot, but we’ve had a lot of guys who have struggled. Maybe because of his name, he’s going to be the focus a little bit, sometimes maybe more than other guys, but we’ve had a lot of guys struggle.”
Derek Jeter is the focus of the anemic lineup for two reasons: He turns 40-years-old in less than 2 weeks and he’s the face of the Yankees. However, fans should take account Jeter isn’t the only one struggling. Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano and Brian McCann aren’t hitting to the back of their baseball cards and Mark Teixeira‘s bat has been quiet after a loud May. Girardi believes everyone will turn it around, and he has faith the team itself can get on a hot streak and propel themselves back into the AL East race.
“These guys have track records and they’re going to work at it,” Girardi said. “And I know they will. You look at it today, they’re working on it right now.”