Tag:Derek Jeter
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:06 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Jeter Watch: Hitless, should he hit bench in NL?

Jeter

By Evan Brunell


Derek Jeter went hitless Saturday, which means he now has five games left to collect nine hits, which is a tall task to ask Jeter to reach these days, as his .310-hitting days appear to be far gone. As is, it's extremely likely that the Captain will head out on the road on Friday needing a handful of hits for 3,000.

The Yankees will begin interleague play by heading to Wrigley Field next weekend and then kick off the new week with a visit to Cincinnati. Those are actually pretty fine places to get a 3,000th hit at; Wrigley is an iconic park and has seen a 3,000th hit before with Cardinals great Stan Musial netting his milestone there. Cincinnati, meanwhile, is where the iconic Pete Rose made his name as the all-time hit king.

It's no New York, though. Jeter's stature, plus the fact that no Yankee has ever gotten 3,000 hits, has propelled this particular chase to a situation where Jeter really should get hit No. 3000 at home, but how can New York make this happen?

The Yankees return home to host Colorado on Friday, June 17, so all they have to do is get through six games on the road. Jeter has played in every single Yankees game since May 5, a span of 32 games without a break. He's definitely going to play in the remaining five games on the homestand, as manager Joe Girardi and every Yankee fan will pray for a hot streak. That leaves Jeter in prime position to get a day off the first game of the Cubs series, as Girardi can shrug off benching Jeter as a normal off-day. Jeter will certainly need the break at that time.

Girardi could also look ahead to the final game of the Reds series, which is on June 22, as the next day is an off-day for the Yankees. Girardi could justify this as a way to give Jeter two consecutive days off. This is more commonly used for starting catchers, but it happens for position players as well.

That's four games left for Jeter to hit -- or more accurately, miss -- the milestone on the road. So let's turn to Joe Girardi's book, which has all measure of statistics in it. We find that Jeter's hitting just .246/.297/.301 against right-handers on the year (yuck) but is at .299/.405/.403 against left-handers. So the answer there is simple -- during the interleague swing where the DH can't be used, give backstop Eduardo Nunez a game with a right-handed pitcher on the mound.

Boom -- three of the six games on the road have Jeter on the pine. There's no question Girardi would be scrutinized for the reasons behind putting Jeter on the bench, but it's hard to argue with a day off, another day off that gets Jeter two straight off days, plus a benching against a right-hander to get Nunez and his defense in the lineup.

Only time will tell if Girardi would take this route, but he would certainly prefer Jeter to collect nine hits in a five-game span and make the point moot.

SATURDAY: Jeter was 0 for 4 on Saturday, failing to collect a hit for the first time since June 3, over a week ago.

HITS TO GO: 9

ALL-TIME LIST: Jeter will stand at 28th until he ties Roberto Clemente at 3,000.

NEXT UP: Jeter will face the Indians again on Sunday with five games to go on the homestand. Toeing the mound will be Josh Tomlin, whom Jeter is 1-for-3 against in his career.

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Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:47 pm
 

Jeter Watch: Into single digits

Derek JeterBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Derek Jeter's chase for 3,000 was overshadowed at Yankee Stadium by a benches-clearing incident after Indians starter Fausto Carmona hit Mark Teixeira in the second inning of the Yankees' 11-7 victory over Cleveland. The Yankees scored three in the first inning with Jeter walking to lead off the game. New York kept pace with Boston in the American League East with the Red Sox topping the Blue Jays 5-1.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Jeter went 1 for 5 with double in the seventh inning, extending his hitting streak to six games. He scored twice, walking to lead off the game.

HITS TO GO: 9

ALL-TIME LIST: Jeter will stand at 28th until he ties Roberto Clemente at 3,000.

NEXT UP: Jeter is 2 for 4 with a walk and was hit by a pitch in six plate appearances against Indians right-hander Mitch Talbot in his career.

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Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: June 10, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Ortiz blames media for being plunked

By Matt Snyder

Blanket blaming "the media" when things don't happen exactly as one would like seems the cool thing to do nowadays for those not in the media. Count David Ortiz as one jumping on the bandwagon.

Ortiz was hit by a pitch in the Red Sox win over the Yankees Thursday night, and Ortiz figures that some of the media ordered CC Sabathia to plunk him.

"I just want to thank [the media]. Not all of you, but some of you, for the stat today about be not being hit," he said (Boston Globe). "I finally got hit. I hope you [expletive] are happy."

Starting pitcher Josh Beckett -- who set the table by hitting both Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez earlier in the game -- also got in on the action, though he was a bit more specific.

"I'm still trying to figure out if David got hit for something I did or if it was something ESPN stirred up," Beckett said.

I'll confess that I don't watch ESPN much -- I only watch games and MLB Network -- so I don't know what Beckett's talking about. I have an idea there was much discussion the past few days about the hit-by-pitch differences when it came to Ortiz and Jeter/A-Rod.

Prior to the game, Ortiz had gone 696 plate appearances against the Yankees without having ever been hit by a pitch. When Jeter was hit by Beckett Thursday, it was the 24th time in the regular season (in over 1,100 PAs) that Jeter was hit. When A-Rod was hit, it was the 20th time in 950 PAs.

Now, this doesn't mean the Yankees should come out and hit Ortiz just to hit him. It's just that when Jeter and A-Rod were hit again, a little retaliation was in order. Sabathia took care of it, there was no brawl (in fact, Ortiz smiled as you can see in the picture above) and both teams moved on. I don't believe Beckett hit Jeter or Rodriguez intentionally, but that doesn't matter in the old "unwritten rules" of baseball. Basically, everything happened the way it's supposed to happen.

I'm only surprised Ortiz went where he did after the game. You can't convince me CC Sabathia was sitting there watching ESPN all week and getting worked up. This was simply a case of doing what is expected in baseball -- even in the post-game interviews when Sabathia said the pitch just "got away" from him.

Regardless of all that, Ortiz had the last laugh. He started the big seventh-inning rally and then shut the door later in the inning with a two-RBI double to make the score 7-2 Red Sox.

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Posted on: June 10, 2011 1:48 am
Edited on: June 10, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Jeter Watch: Only 10 hits to go

By Matt Snyder

The Yankees were swept by Red Sox after losing Thursday night, 8-3, when a seven-run seventh for the Red Sox buried the Yankees. They're now two games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. The Yankees have lost three in a row while the Red Sox have won six straight. The subplot, of course, was Derek Jeter's quest to get his 3,000th hit in front of the home crowd. The Yankees now have seven games left on their current homestand, so it looks like it's going to get interesting.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Jeter went 1-4 with a single, RBI and a run scored. He has a modest -- very modest -- five-game hitting streak.

HITS TO GO: 10

ALL-TIME LIST: Still 28th, where he'll be until he ties Roberto Clemente at exactly 3,000.

NEXT UP: Jeter's Yankees host the Indians, who have been scuffling for the past few weeks. Friday night, Fausto Carmona is the starting pitcher for the Tribe. Including the postseason, Jeter is 7-24 (.292) career against Carmona. He's never had a really good or really bad game against Carmona. It's mostly just 1-3 or 1-4 games in their slightly brief history against one another.

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Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Jeter Watch: 2,989 down, 11 to go

Derek Jeter

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Derek Jeter is now a member of a second-place team, as the Red Sox moved ahead of the Yankees in the American League East by a game with an 11-6 victory at Yankee Stadium. Jeter added to his hit parade, doubling in the fifth inning, but grounding into an inning-ending double play in the sixth with bases loaded and the Yankees trailing by three runs. New York will wrap up its series with Boston tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: 1 for 5 with a double

HITS TO GO: 11

ALL-TIME LIST: Jeter will stand at No. 28 on the all-time hit list until he gets to 3,000, when he'll tie Roberto Clemente for 27th.

NEXT UP: As you'd expect, Jeter's plenty familiar with Red Sox starter Josh Beckett. Although he's faced Wednesday's starter Tim Wakefield the most of any pitcher, Beckett isn't too far behind on the list, coming in fifth. The only pitchers who have faced Jeter more than Beckett are Wakefield, Pedro Martinez, Roy Halladay and Sidney Ponson. Against Beckett, Jeter is hitting .300/.341/.425 with four doubles and two home runs. He's 24 for 80 with 12 strikeouts.

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Jeter Watch: Up to 2,988

By Matt Snyder

The most important news of the night for the Yankees was they lost to the Red Sox and fell into a virtual tie for first with their bitter rivals. They did dodge a bullet with Mark Teixeira, too, but in Jeter Watch, we're focusing on the milestone. Derek Jeter's quest to join an elite club took two steps forward.

TUESDAY NIGHT: 2-5 with a pair of singles.

HITS TO GO: 12

ALL-TIME LIST: The second hit moved Jeter past Hall of Famer Sam Rice and into 28th on the all-time hit list. The next person the list is Roberto Clemente with exactly 3,000 hits.

NEXT UP: Tim Wakefield takes the mound for the Red Sox Wednesday. There is no one Jeter has faced more in his career than Wakefield (Pedro Martinez is second, in news that isn't relevant). In 127 career plate appearances against Wakefield, Jeter has 33 hits in 119 at-bats (.277). Considering a career mark of .313, Jeter has had his troubles against Wakefield. In fact, Jeter is 0-9 against Wakefield since 2008. His last hit against Wakefield came on August 26, 2008.

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 7:54 pm
 

On Deck: Jeter's big homestand

OD

By Matt Snyder


Jeter Watch: Derek Jeter has entered the home stretch in his quest to reach 3,000 hits, and he now has a 10-game homestand where he could possibly make it. But he'll have to pick up the pace. He needs 14 hits to reach the plateau. He's averaging 1.09 hits per game so far this season, so that would give him about 11 hits during the homestand. Tuesday night, there's much more going on for the Yankees than Jeter, as the Red Sox come to town. The battle is as it always should be in the minds of many fans from the northeast: For first place in the AL East. The Yankees lead the Red Sox by one game. Taking the hill for the Red Sox is Jon Lester (7-2, 3.94). Freddy Garcia (4-4, 3.34) will go for the Yankees. As for the Jeter watch, he's faced Lester 41 times in his career, gathering 12 hits in 38 at-bats (.316) while striking out nine times. Boston at New York (AL), 7:05 p.m. ET. WATCH LIVE SCORING

Homecoming: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla and manager Fredi Gonzalez are returning to Sun Life Stadium for the first time in an opposing uniform. Uggla's return is the much bigger deal, as he manned second base for the past five seasons for the Marlins. He racked up 154 home runs, 465 RBI, 499 runs, 170 doubles and two All-Star appearances during that time and was one of the premier power-hitting second basemen in baseball. This season for the Braves, well, things haven't quite gone as planned. Uggla is hitting .172 with a .552 OPS. Coming off the best season of his career, he's compiling his worst stats, and it's not even close. The homecomings coincide with a series that is important for both the Braves and Marlins. Each are trailing the Phillies by four games in the NL East. The Marlins have lost five straight, and the Braves have dropped four of six. Tommy Hanson (6-4, 2.82) takes the mound for the Braves, and the Marlins send 21-year-old Brad Hand for his major-league debut. He was 7-1 with a 3.53 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in Double-A. Atlanta at Florida, 7:10 p.m. ET. WATCH LIVE SCORING

Moving CarGo: For the second straight game -- and only the second time all season -- the Rockies will send Carlos Gonzalez out to center field and also bat him leadoff. The move to center comes because of Dexter Fowler's injury, but Ryan Spilborghs could have been an option, too. Moving CarGo to leadoff seems designed to do whatever it takes to jumpstart him and the Rockies' offense. There's obviously no correlation between playing a different position and better production at the plate, but Jim Tracy is trying any kind of mix to get Gonzalez on track. After an MVP-caliber season, Gonzalez is hitting .249 with a .728 OPS. Last season, those figures ended at .336 and .974. The experiment didn't work Monday night. Gonzalez went 0-4 with two strikeouts. Tuesday, he'll give it another go in San Diego. The Padres send Tim Stauffer (1-4, 3.99) to the mound to face off against Ubaldo Jimenez (1-5, 4.98). Of note there: Jimenez had been terrible until a shutout last time out. Colorado at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:54 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Yankees, AL East dominate AL All-Star voting

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By C. Trent Rosecrans

Who says that old East Coast bias is limited to the media? Fan voting -- in the American League -- is leaning heavily east, as well.

The latest American League All-Star voting totals have AL East players winning at nine of the 10 positions fans can vote for, with the Yankees taking up the entire infield. The lone outsider is the Rangers' Josh Hamilton, who is third in voting for three outfield spots, behind the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista and New York's Curtis Granderson.

Yankees Russell Martin, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter occupy the top spots around the horn.

David Ortiz has overtaken Texas' Michael Young as the leading vote-getter at designated hitter.

Complete results are available at MLB.com.

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