Playing With Numbers: The power of patience

Updated: May 20, 2008, 1:50 PM ET
By AJ Mass |

What's wrong with Derek Jeter? That's a question I heard a lot as April turned into May and the Yankee veteran's home run total remained a goose egg. Certainly, Jeter never will be confused with Ruth, Mantle or Maris in the power department, but he always has been good for double-digit home runs throughout his career. Jeter has hit a pair of home runs in the past two weeks to make his projected line look a lot better, but he's still not exactly tearing the cover off the ball. Is there something that we can look to in his statistics that jumps out as a potential cause for his early-season home run struggles? Let's take a look at some numbers.