Derek Jeter was riding a three-game streak of multiple hits and a seven-game hitting streak overall, but he was back to struggling in the Yankees’ 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Royals Wednesday night, going 0 for 6. His average dropped from .283 to .271.
Before the game, Joe Girardi couldn’t say who the real Jeter is at this point.
“He had a good month of September,” Girardi said. “He had an OK April. And his May has been outstanding. So if you want to ask which guy you’re going to get the whole year, none of us truly know.
“But we started to see in Detroit where the ball started jumping off his bat. It looked like the Derek that we’re used to seeing, and that’s what I’m seeing now, driving the ball to right field, hitting the ball with authority up the middle. He’s never been a guy who has pulled a lot of balls, so I don’t really worry too much about that.
“I think when guys are cold and guys are really hot, they’re always somewhere in between there, and that’s what you think you’re probably going to get.”