It's been another monster offensive month for Derek Jeter so far in August. After predictably cooling down in May after his scorching hot April, and dipping down to a .608 OPS in June, Jeter started picking the batting average back up in July with a .346 month. Since July has changed over to August, Jeter has been on an absolute tear, nearly matching the numbers he posted in April. Jeter's rocking a .386/.407/.602 line in 92 August plate appearances, good for a .428 wOBA, a .324 season batting average that has him sitting 3rd in the American League, and some MSM whispers about Jeter garnering some votes on MVP ballots at the end of the year for the kind of season he's had.
The MVP talk is a bit of a stretch, but Jeter has been simply fantastic this year. He's once again carrying the offense through an up-and-down stretch where the Yankees are battling injuries and slumps, and continuing to punch Father Time in the face while he does it. In the past week I've noticed a new wrinkle to Jeter's game that hasn't been seen much in years. Believe it or not, Jeter has started hitting the ball to left field with authority again. Take a look.
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