The Yankees ripped through Baltimore and Won two out of three against the Angels and although they are off to a rough start against the Twins with last nights 7-3 loss one thing that hasnt been lost in the shuffle is how hot Jeter has been right out of the gate. Jeter is batting .378 with 3 HR and 7 RBI’s in 10 games. He has 17 hits in 45 at bats with a .404 OBP. So yes folks the old man you all say is slipping is one of the hottest hitters in the game. The 3 HR is what impresses me, can you imagine if Jeter has regained his power stroke of old and hits 25 to 30 of them this year.
Tonight will be the story of two struggling aces as CC Sabathia matches up against Fransisco Liriano. Both have had their struggles this year but the way the Yankees have been starting to swing the bat I will be surprised if tonight is not the night that Sabathia picks up his first win. Not to be overshadowed by Jeters hot bat is the fact that Swisher is leading the AL in RBI’s with 11 and Arod is showing signs of a return to his once dominant self as he has had a hit in 4 out of the last 5 games and although his batting average is still only .250 he looks healthy in the field and is swinging the bat with a renewed vigor. This can be said of many of the Yankees that have been classified as old or over the hill have a little extra in the tank this early in the season. Heck I swear I saw Tex steal a base the other day. He also has two muti hit games in a row.
The Twins are not a good team especially against the Yankees. I would be surprised if they won tonight. However we cannot discount them having Mourneau and Mauer in their line-up. Having the two of them healthy will be huge for them if they can stay that way. Not that long ago the twins were a great team, but those days are in the rear view mirror friends. Bold prediction Yankees 8 Twins 3 and Jeter 2 for 5 with 2 RBI’s.