With today being the last day of April, Girardi was asked for his assessment of Derek Jeter after one month of the season. This is what he said:
“I think it’s been decent. Could his numbers be better? Of course they could, but all our guys numbers could be better. He got off to somewhat of a slow start and he’s picked it up lately, been pretty consistent about getting on-base for us. So I think it’s been pretty decent.”
At this moment, Jeter is hitting .253 with a .323 OBP. In terms of all major-league shortstops, that OBP puts him 14th on the list, or pretty much right in the middle of the pack. So, while obviously his production hasn’t been particularly good compared to his past standards, I guess you could make a case for “decent.”
• Girardi also spent some time talking about Robinson Cano, and Bryan Hoch asked an interesting question when he brought up Kevin Long’s statement from spring training that he could see Cano being a 40-home run type of player someday. What does Girardi think? “I don’t think anything Robbie would do would surprise me,” Girardi said.
As most of you have no doubt noticed, Cano has been hitting bullets all over the park lately, and that’s what has amazed his manager the most. “When you look at Robbie’s home runs recently,” Girardi said, “they’ve just been line drives.”
• Look for Francisco Cervelli to get his first start of the season tomorrow. He’ll be catching Ivan Nova in the series-finale with Toronto.
• Brett Gardner was 1-for-2 with two walks last night and Girardi said he’s seen some improvement in Gardner’s approach at the plate. “It just seems that he’s been on fastballs better,” Girardi said. “He’s got the bat-head in the zone when he needs to have it.”
* That’s an AP shot of Jeter looking – shall we say – unhappy, after striking out during last night’s game.