Derek Jeter’s poor start has been a hot topic lately. Today, on ESPN’s 1st and 10, they even asked if this is the beginning of the end for the Yankees shortstop.

I think it’s way too early to turn a simple slump into evidence that Jeter is done. If he’s hitting .276 in July, then let’s start with this stuff, but until then it’s just a slump, one that could soon be coming to an end.

Let’s look at how his season has gone so far: Jeter hit a very respectable .321/.354/.491 over the first 24 games of the season. Then, over the next 16 games he hit .169/.234/.211. But over his last four games he’s hitting .368/.400/.474 with two doubles and four RBI.  A more important sign that things are turning for Jeet is that he’s start to hit more balls to right field.

Also, his BABIP, which currently sits at .302, is 56 points below his career mark, which should go up at least a little as the season goes on.

So is a rough 16-game stretch really worth all this speculation?

I don’t think so.

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