Tuesday, September 16, 2014

For Yankees, it’s all about Derek Jeter now

The New York Yankees lost in walk-off fashion Monday night for the third time in five games. They’ve failed to take advantage of the rest of the American League wild card hopefuls by going 4-6 in their last 10 games.

The Yanks sit six games out of the second wild card position with 13 games left to play. Now, the remainder of the 2014 season is about Derek Jeter.

Jeter, who announced his retirement prior to the season, is mired in a 0-for-24 slump heading into Tuesday’s contest with the Tampa Bay Rays. He contends he’s not in the dumps about it, just looking to get back on track.

“Sometimes you break your bat and get a hit,” Jeter said via Chad Jennings of The LoHud Yankees Blog. “Other times you hit the ball hard and you don’t. I wish I had more (hits). I don’t. But I can get more these next couple weeks.”

Jeter’s slump has dragged his numbers well below anything he’s ever put up in his career. His slash line .250/.298/.298 is, without sugar coating it, atrocious. He’s managed just 19 extra-base hits this season and 23 of his 115 singles have stayed in the infield.

So, as the Yankees season crumbles into a second straight year without reaching the postseason, Jeter’s fans can only hope he finds something over the remainder of the season to erase some of the bad taste his performance has brought about to date.

If there is a player who seems to step up when necessary, it’s Jeter. Of course, anything he does now will not have much of an impact on the team’s results, but can surely make us interested in what has become a lost season.

A request for The Captain; how about one last hitting streak please?

Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer/editor and the Director of Content Strategy for Sportsideo.