Waiting On Tex

April 26, 2010 – 3:39 pm

I find it at least somewhat odd that not more is being made of Mark Teixeira’s slow start. Yeah, I know, he always starts slow in April and there’s absolutely no reason to believe that come September he will have put up his usual numbers. But still, in the past his slumps have been of the .200 variety — not what we are seeing so far this year. Here’s what his BA was over the first 50 games last year compared to what he’s done in 2010:

Waiting On Tex

It’s one thing to bat around .200 for the first 30 or so games, and then go on a hot streak. But he’s a good 75 points below where he was at this time last year. Now last year we heard a lot more about his slump because, I suspect, the Yankees themselves got off to a somewhat slower start (9-9 last year vs. 12-6 this year). Plus with Robinson Cano off to such a hot start, Tex’s bat hasn’t been missed all that much. Although with four of the six losses being by two runs, you would think that if Teixeira had been at least hitting somewhere in the low .200’s maybe one or possibly even two of those losses might have ended up in the W column. Oh well, if all the if’s and but’s were but candy and nuts….. to look on the bright side, the Yankees are second in the AL right now in scoring (5.33 R/G to Tampa Bay’s 5.95) with Teixeira contributing pretty much zero. So once he does finally get on track, this should be one scoring machine. Enough to even overcome the pitching of Vazquez and Marte, just maybe!

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