Derek Jeter, this season, to date, when batting with runners in scoring position, has a BA/OBA/SLG line of .556/.600/1.222 – yes, that’s a slugging percentage of one-thousand-two-hundred and twenty-two. Granted, this is over just 10 PA in 9 games. Still, so far, Jeter is batting like an MVP when the ducks are on the pond. Funny, huh, considering he’s the Yankees lead-off hitter the season.
It was nice to see the “old” Yankees like Pettitte, Jeter and Rivera shine today. And, it’s cool to see Robinson Cano and Brian Bruney make positive contributions as well.
But, more importantly, if anything, the last two games have sent a message to the Tampa Bay Rays: It’s not 2008 anymore…
Maybe that 15-5 beating on Monday got the Yankees a little fired up for these last two games? In any event, a great way to end a long road trip and the perfect mood-setter for the trip back to the Bronx this evening to open the new Stadium tomorrow.
By the way: Jason Giambi would have never turned that 5-3-6 DP in the bottom of the third today. Was that a thing of beauty, or what?