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Can Derek Jeter win the batting title?

Derek Jeter follows through on a fourth-inning RBI

Derek Jeter follows through on a fourth-inning RBI base hit during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Sept. 20, 2012) Credit: Getty

Now that Derek Jeter has said he could see himself playing in another uniform besides the Pinstripes, let’s play another unrealistic game.

For the sake of the numbers, let’s ignore the fact that Mike Trout is ahead of Jeter in the batting title race and only compare the captain to Miguel Cabrera, who leads the AL race at .333.

Both Cabrera and Jeter have 13 games left to play heading into Friday night. Jeter trails Cabrera by 10 points at .323. It seems down right unattainable, but you gotta believe, right?

Depending on where the Yankees and Tigers stand in their respective playoff races, the two players could see reduced playing time. If they were to play in every game, let’s say they’d each see about 50 at-bats.

For Jeter to eclipse the benchmark of .333, he would need to collect 23 hits in 50 at-bats, or put another way, hit .444 in two weeks. For Cabrera to dip below .333, he would need to get 16 or fewer hits in 50 at-bats, or hit .320 during the last 13 games of the year.

It’s probably more unlikely, but here’s another scenario. For Cabrera to dip down to Jeter’s current .323 mark, he’d need to collect only 10 or fewer hits in 50 at-bats. For Jeter to hit .325 on the year (let’s assume Trout stays at .324), he would need to get a slightly more reasonable 18 hits in 50 at-bats, or hit .360 down the stretch.

You decide: Can Jeter win the first Yankees batting title since Bernie Williams did it in 1998?

Track the race AL batting title race here.

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