Bad times for the Captain these days, via Mark Hale -
Derek Jeter is engulfed in an ugly slump.
Jeter went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in yesterday’s 7-3 loss to the Orioles in The Bronx, and the captain is now hitless in his last 14 at-bats with six whiffs in that span. Jeter struck out against three different pitchers — going down to lefty starter Wei-Yin Chen in the third inning, swinging and missing against righty Kevin Gausman in the sixth and getting punched out by righty submariner Darren O’Day in the ninth.
Jeter did deliver a well-hit sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead. His RBI pushed him into sixth place on the Yankees’ all-time list with 1,258. He passed Bernie Williams.
For the season, Jeter is hitting .167, having collected seven hits in 42 at-bats over 11 games.
For the 1996 season, the Cardinals acquired Royce Clayton and then phased him in at shortstop while phasing out Ozzie Smith. Should the Yankees do the same for 2014 with Derek Jeter and acquire someone this off-season, with the intent to work him into the starting position while playing Jeter there less?
And, please, don’t mention Eduardo Nunez as the replacement for Jeter. The dude is more brittle than Carl Pavano in the first year of a multi-year contract.