Jeter swinging at a lot of balls
Recently, I wrote a piece on Derek Jeter’s plate patience this season (and yes, by season, I mean about 12% of the total season, thus far), or his lack thereof. Today, I offer a quick reminder of those numbers, just because one of them, Jeter’s O-Swing percentage – the amount of times he swings at balls, rather than strikes – continues to stick out to me. Right now, Jeter is hacking away at 33.1% of the pitches he sees outside of the zone. There hasn’t been much change in that regard from last week (31.7%) to this week, but, evidently, it has not improved at all. While we are talking about very few games and, therefore, very few at-bats in hand, the 33.1% mark is particularly out of character for Jeter as his career O-Swing is 19.6%. The Captain can surely turn this around quickly – sometimes a hitter’s batting eyes can just slump – and exhibit more patience at the plate however, his age will likely cause concern about him more than it normally would had he been under 30 (or just over).
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