It’s both a short-term and a long-term question, and in certain corners of the Yankees fan base, it is perhaps the most divisive question facing the Yankees at this point. Derek Jeter’s numbers this season are nearly identical to last year’s — a little worse, actually — and the question is whether his tremendous return from the disabled list is a sign of things to come.
“Is he hitting .320 like he did in 2009? No he’s not,” Joe Girardi said. “But are you convinced he can’t hit .320 in the second half? That would be my question to everyone in here.”
Is the second-half Jeter going to be the player we saw last season, the player we saw in April, or the player we saw this past week?
The guy who single-handedly won Saturday’s game obviously looked like he had something left in the tank. Jeter also doubled in the three games leading up to that iconic performance, but that’s not the Jeter the Yankees have seen most of the year.
“I would be careful on how quick you are to judge him and doubt that he can still do it because of the way he goes about his business,” Girardi said. “… He did not drive the ball in the month of April, but we saw it start to turn around in May and June and he was driving the wall. So I’m not surprised that he came back and was driving the ball again.”
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