Derek Jeter: A Good Hitter. That is All.

23 09 2010

Posted by Brady.

Please, keep in mind, folks, I do not have any big analysis, or special information, funny stories, or anything like that.

Every year, when the post season starts looming, you often times here the same tired remarks.  “Derek Jeter is a great post season hitter”. And I don’t understand how that works, exactly. So, I’ve taken a few traditional October baseball myths, and done some research, to prove, one way or another, if there is something strange in the air in October, that isn’t there from April to September. Keep in mind, this isn’t Yankeehatred or an Anti Derek Jeter rant. Just true facts.

Derek Jeter is a very good hitter, and because of that, he has proven to be a very good hitter in his 138 post season games.

We all have heard about Derek Jeter’s post season heroics. The Flip, Mr. November, clutchiness, and everything else. And the truth is, that it just doesn’t exist. He is essentially the same player in the post season that he is in the regular season. And what is that exactly? A good hitter.

.313/.383/.479

.314/.384/.453

One of those lines is for the post season, and one is for the regular season. Can you tell which is which? Without going to baseball-reference.com, you can’t tell, so, I won’t tell you either, but there is no such thing as Derek Jeter “turning it on” in the post season. People are getting tricked by the restarting of statistics with every post season series. Anyone can hit .444 in a series, like Jeter did in 2001 against Oakland. Much like how anyone can hit .148 in a series. Like Jeter did in that year’s World Series.

Derek Jeter is a very good hitter, and because of that, he has proven to be a very good hitter in his 138 post season games. Which is almost an entire season! So, how is Jeter a much better hitter in the post season than he is in the regular season.

The same thing applies to “clutch” situations. In those situations, your sample size is so small when compared to a career, that the actual numbers are usually ridiculously high, or ridiculously low. Saying someone is a good hitter in the clutch or a bad hitter in the clutch, would be like giving an AL pitcher who singled on his one at bat of the year the batting title.

Stop it.

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