Look at Mark Teixeira’s stats when we compare 2009 and 2010 in the following slices:
2009 1st 22 Games: 90 PA .738 OPS Games 23 to 37: 68 PA .922 OPS Games 38 to 43: 25 PA 1.611 OPS 2010 1st 22 Games: 100 PA .559 OPS Games 23 to 37: 69 PA 1.035 OPS Games 38 to 43: 28 PA .339 OPS
Last season, he started off terrible and then got red hot once the calendar turned to May. And, he ripped the ball in the first 21 games of May 2009.
This season, he started off even worse than he did in 2009. But, once the calendar turned to May, he got hot again. However, this season, that hot streak only lasted for 15 games. And, then, Tex went into the tank again – even worse than he was at the start of the year.
So, what gives?
Well, first, this is another feather in the cap against that B.S. theory that Mark Teixeira’s season last year was due to the return of A-Rod to the Yankees line-up. Rodriguez has been in the Yankees line-up all season this year, right?
Secondly, I think this tells us that Teixeira is one streaky batter. And, when he’s bad, he’s really, really, bad. Or, is he?
Outside of his bad “Aprils,” he’s only really hit the skids before in May 2004 and July 2005. So, more than likely, this May mini-slump is just the result of facing Wade Davis, Jamie Shields, Hisanori Takahashi and Mike Pelfrey when they were “dealing.” Of course, the bad news is: Johan Santana is facing the Yankees today.
Anyway, I expect Mark Teixeira to start hitting the ball again – and soon. He’s always been a great hitter outside of the month of April. And, unless he’s hurt, there’s no reason why he won’t start raking again soon.