April 11, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) doubles in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
Derek Jeter is off to one of the best starts to a season in his long, illustrious career. Below is a chart of the first six games of each season of Jeter's career.
Although comparing the first six games of each of his seasons is a small sample size, I find it interesting that Jeter is off to his hottest start - by far - since 2007.
Jeter used to have a fairly uncanny ability to begin his seasons hot out of the gate, slapping hits to all fields and working plenty of walks. As he's aged, most notably since 2008, his seasons have taken a bit longer to get going (which one should reasonably expect).
Of all the incredible offensive powers New York has in the lineup, and all the discussion of Jeter needing to be moved down to the bottom of the lineup so that Brett Gardner can leadoff, "El Cap-i-tan" has been the best hitter thus far in the extremely young 2012 season.
I'm curious to see how long he'll maintain his fast start, but other players on the Yankees should begin to find holes in the defense and start getting on base with more frequency, rendering Jeter's eventual regression tolerable.