There is a speculation going around saying New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi should drop future Hall of Fame Shortstop Derek Jeter from his familiar No. 2 spot in the everyday lineup. Girardi is being smart and not considering the idea.
Many can argue that Brett Gardner has been playing well lately to the point he should be higher in the lineup as he is hovering near the .300 mark. Others can say the surprise play from Yangervis Solarte could be good enough to bat in the No. 2 hole. However, when it comes to the game on the line and the Yankees are at the top of their lineup, there is nobody the fans would rather see than Jeter getting the opportunity to win the game.
Gardner has yet to prove that he is a consistent top of the lineup hitter. His best season with the bat came last season (.273/.344/.416) but his stolen base numbers came down drastically. Solarte has only played in 33 career games and should not even be considered for taking a legend’s place in the lineup.
Girardi knows that Jeter, like everybody else in the majors, goes through slumps. He will hit his way out of it and continue to produce. He may not get his normal 200-plus hits this season, but at age 40, nobody is looking for or expecting that. The most promising aspect on his resume thus far is his .343 OBP early in the season. The best way to get out of a slump is by getting more repetitions at the plate, and batting second will give Jeter more opportunities to fix his approach and show off his natural talent.