Rounding out the infield, we’ll take a look back at Mark Teixeira’s disappointing 2010 campaign. When Teixeira started off slowly in April (2 HRs, .136/.300/.259), Yankee fans simply wrote it off since he posted a similar line in 2009 (3 HRs, .200/.367/.371). However, Teix did not bounce back with a strong May (6 HRs, .280/.366/.475) like he did in 2009 (13 HRs, .330/.391/.748).
In short, the Yankees’ third hitter posted a staggering .221 batting average and eight home runs through a third of the baseball games. I was panicking. Adam was panicking. Even my Mom was panicking. But all hope was not lost..
The summer months were good to Teixeira. He was able to bounce back nicely in July and August, smacking 17 homers while hitting at a .296 clip. Not bad when you consider how slowly he started. However, his hot streak would hit an abrupt end.
At the end of August, Teixeira suffered a thumb injury that would need a few months to heal. In addition, Teixeira fractured his pinky toe and dealt with inflammation in his knee. These injuries affected Teixeira’s production in September, as he only managed 22 total hits in 26 September games.
Due to his injuries this season and the Yankees World Series run last season, Teixeira’s post-season struggles have been swept under the carpet. Teixeira went 4 for 27 during this past post-season with one home run. In 2009, Teixeira went 11 for 61 with two home runs. Granted two of Teixiera’s home runs came in dramatic fashion (walk off against the Twins last season, go ahead home run in Game 1 against the Twins this year), but that doesn’t totally excuse the fact that Teixeira is 15 for 88 in the playoffs.
That’s a .170 batting average when the bullets are live. That’s almost A-Rod pre-2009 bad.
Enough Teix messaging for me. Back to the positives.
Teixeira is arguably the best defensive first baseman in the game. He committed only three errors this season and continually wowed Yankee fans with his wizardry at first base. Often times, we’d hear Michael Kay exclaim ‘Oh what a play by TEIXEIRA!’ And rightfully so. The guy is so good at first base and took home his second Gold Glove with the Yankees yesterday.
Mark’s final line of 33 HRs and 108 RBIs may seem good to the common fan, but this was an overall disappointing season for the powerful switch hitter. It’s tough when both your three-hole and cleanup hitter have down seasons, but a solid April will propel Teixeira to career high numbers in 2011.