New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has looked lost at the plate in his limited at-bats this season. After returning to the lineup on May 31 from a wrist injury, Teixeira has put up mediocre numbers. Thus far his average is a meager .167, and he has almost three times as many strikeouts as hits. In today’s game alone, he went 0 for 5 with four K’s.
I think that Joe Girardi should seriously consider moving Teixeira a few spots down in the lineup, at least until he starts hitting. The Yankees have struggled to score runs of late, plating just two today and three yesterday. Brett Gardner is the only guy who’s hitting consistently right now, but he can’t hit himself home.
I think it might make sense to move someone like Robinson Cano into the three spot until Teixeira gets his stroke back. Granted, Cano is having his own struggles at the plate. But I foresee him coming out of it sooner than Teixeira. Cano has played more games this season, and Teixeira usually doesn’t get going until the second half of the season anyway.
Of course, it isn’t all bad for Teixeira. He has three home runs and eight RBIs in just 10 games this season, so the power is clearly there. In the end, I think that he will get his stroke back and hit another 20-25 homers this season. I just hope that this season isn’t the start of a trend, because he missed a good number of games last year as well.
For now, let’s hope he starts hitting soon. The Yankees need all the help they can get.