TORONTO -- Derek Jeter was not supposed to be one of New York's biggest sources of power this season, yet, entering Thursday's finale in Toronto, his .936 OPS was tops on the Yankees.
Main sources of power and middle-of-the-order threats in Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez are off to slow starts. They've each hit as many homers as Jeter, the leadoff batter, and have an OPS below .800.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi, however, is fully confident his team will turn it around.
"I think we know who we are, I don't think we have played up to our abilities," Girardi said. "We've had some really good days, and then we have had days where we haven't pitched as well, swung the bats as well. I think the biggest thing we are lacking right now is consistency.
"These guys are pros, they know what they're doing -- you expect them to come around. The players are here, it's just playing to your ability."
Girardi said that players tend to hit in bunches, which is why he isn't going to make a panic move this early and make any drastic changes to the lineup.
"Hitters are going to go through their peaks and valleys," he said. "If you try to time it, it's like trying to time the market. It can be dangerous. You're also managing personalities and egos. These guys have done it before. You have to be patient. This is a game [where] you have to be patient, because it's every day."
The Yankees entered Thursday three games above .500 and four games out of the top spot in the division. While a lot of other teams in the league would like to be in that position, Girardi understands that in New York the expectations are heightened and the questions are more frequent.
"This is New York, right," Girardi said. "People want answers. It's not hard, I have probably got kind of used to it."