• The Jeter Meter

    Posted by on May 20th, 2011 · Comments (8)

    Derek Jeter’s BA/OBA/SLG in his last 112 PA: .282/.321/.388

    Not great. But, not terrible either.

    In any event, still not what you want from someone in the top of your line-up. More like a solid #8 hitter.

    Comments on The Jeter Meter

    1. MJ Recanati
      May 20th, 2011 | 7:59 am

      Definitely not what you’d want from your leadoff hitter. I wish Girardi would pull the plug on Jeter batting at the top of the lineup and just admit that he’s a #8 or #9 hitter at this point.

      It’ll never happen though. If Posada got his panties in a bunch about the demotion, I can only imagine how badly Jeter would handle it. He’s far more vindictive and petty.

    2. Raf
      May 20th, 2011 | 8:38 am

      Who bats leadoff, in lieu of Jeter? Gardner? Granderson?

    3. MJ Recanati
      May 20th, 2011 | 8:56 am

      @ Raf:
      Gardner. At least there’s upside there.

    4. Corey Italiano
      May 20th, 2011 | 12:20 pm
    5. MJ Recanati
      May 20th, 2011 | 1:06 pm

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      This should happen : Bottom line, I think it’s time to shake things up with the lineup. I’d like to see Jeter dropped down and Gardner put to the top. Gardner’s hitting over .400 in his last 18 games.
      1)Gardner
      2)Swisher (Move him up so he sees more fast balls. To add, he’s hitting over .300 in a small sample of AB’s hitting 2nd this year. Bottom line, between Gardner and Swisher, pitchers will have thrown a lot of pitches. Maybe get them tired for Cano, Tex and A-Rod.)
      3)Cano
      4)Tex
      5)A-Rod
      6)Granderson
      7)Martin
      8)Jeter
      9)Posada

      I don’t agree with moving Cano up to three simply because his OBP is too low and you’d rather have the higher OBP guys (Teixeira/Rodriguez) hitting in front so that Cano can have people to drive in.

      Otherwise, I have no problem with this lineup.

      It’s unrealistic, however, to imagine that the Yankees will ever bat Jeter and Posada at the bottom.

    6. Corey Italiano
      May 20th, 2011 | 5:00 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      I don’t agree with moving Cano up to three simply because his OBP is too low and you’d rather have the higher OBP guys (Teixeira/Rodriguez) hitting in front so that Cano can have people to drive in.

      Well, I know we havn’t seen much of this recently, but traditionally the 1 and 2 hitter is supposed to get on. :)

    7. redbug
      May 20th, 2011 | 5:14 pm

      Jeter is improving from his rough start. Again I’ll say, give him a break. Other than Granderson, no one is doing much at the plate. Maybe if Gardner keeps it up, he should bat 1st. Otherwise, no one is screaming to replace Jeter.

      I seem to recall many calling for Tex to be moved down from 3rd last year. He wound up fine over the course of the year.

    8. Evan3457
      May 20th, 2011 | 5:35 pm

      If Jeter can actually keep that up for the rest of the season, he remains a plus at shortstop, because the league’s shortstops are hitting .254/.312/.364 as a group.

      Not worth $17 million a year, certainly, or anything like that, but certainly enough to keep him in the lineup. Dropping him down in the order is a no-brainer in every world except the one we actually live in, where it would cause tumult and turmoil on the team.

      The best solutions is if Jeter went to Girardi and told him to move him down if he felt it was the right thing for the team.

      But that’s not happening anytime soon.

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