Via Mark Feinsand -
Based on his current statistics, Jeter is on pace for 87 runs, 22 doubles and nine home runs, while his on-base and slugging percentages sit at an unusually low .336 and .379, respectively.
Those totals would all mark career lows for Jeter, who has averaged 114 runs and 32 doubles in his 12 full seasons, not to mention his career on-base and slugging percentages of .386 and .459.
Jeter won’t even offer a guess at the reason for his declining numbers, but Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long has his own theory.
“I can tell you that he probably lost 30-35 points in his average due to his hand injury, but he’d never admit that,” Long said. “His swing wasn’t the same, he was favoring it and he got into some problems when it came to staying behind the baseball, which has always been his strength. He still contributed and helped us in other ways, but his hitting suffered.”
Well, in his last 11 games, in 48 PA, Jeter has put together a BA/OBP/SLG line of .318/.375/.409 – so, it appears that his hand is now fine, no?
If Jeter continues to hit from here out, then Long’s theory has some merit. But, if Jeter heads south again with the bat…then…can you still blame it on his hand injury?