Derek Jeter's early-season slump, which lasted until May 25, had one glaring symptom: the precipitous loss of his ability to hit fastballs. As tracked by the Inside Edge scouting service, which records pitch locations in nine "hit zones," Jeter's average against the heater during his funk plummeted more than 150 points from his 2003 mark. (Average is computed using the final pitch of an at bat.) This year Jeter had particular trouble with heat on the outside edges of the plate; when facing righthanders during his slump, he was 0 for 16 on fastballs away. He also had trouble handling sliders in all locations, dropping from .297 in '03 to .207 in early '04 against that pitch.