Derek Jeter is a realist when it comes to his numbers. He’s hitting .260 with three weeks left in the season. Even if his average climbs between now and October, it’s never going to fit with his career totals.
“At this point in the season, you’re really not going to do too much to change where you are,” he said. “Now you just try to get a good swing going. We’ve got three weeks left, I believe and then the postseason hopefully… It’s just all about a feel. Sometimes you go up there and you just find it. I’m still searching.”
Jeter thought he was coming around during the previous home stand, but last night he was 1-for-7 with an infield single and a crushing ground out when the go-ahead run was a third base with one out in the 12th inning. It was a bad night for most of the Yankees hitters, but Jeter’s grounder might have been the low point for the offense.
“It was one of those days,” Jeter said. “That’s all you can do. The situation I’m in right now, I can’t bring all the games together. You just try to take it one game at a time. I felt good at home. Today it wasn’t so good.”
It’s hard to imagine Jeter going anywhere at this point. Joe Girardi seems committed to Jeter at the top of the lineup, and there’s almost no chance either Ramiro Pena or Eduardo Nunez is going to take shortstop away from him. The Yankees need Jeter to hit.
“There are times when you don’t feel good at the plate but you still find ways to get hits. I haven’t been doing that,” he said. “Any time you scuffle it seems like ball you hit good, they catch. Balls you don’t hit good, they catch. Balls you don’t hit, they catch. That’s just how it goes. I wish I had an explanation for it.”
Here’s Jeter speaking last night early this morning.