Derek Jeter’s gotten off to a fine start. He hasn’t quite heated up yet, but he’s not exactly been cold either. Going into last night’s win against the Orioles, his wOBA was at a solid .344, and that’s going to be higher today thanks to a double and a single last night. There is one thing, though, that’s been troubling about the Captain thus far in 2010: his walks. Well, really, it’s the lack of walks that is concerning.
Derek didn’t walk last night and has been sent down to first by four balls only three times this season. At this (very early) point in 2010, Jeter’s walk rate sits at 3.5%. Remember, league average is around 9% and Jeter’s career mark is exactly 9.0%. So while Derek hasn’t been Nick Johnson up there in terms of walks, he’s at least average at taking his free passes. This year, it’s a different story. What’s leading to the lack of walks?
(Note: these numbers do not include last night’s game vs.… Click here to read the rest