Mark Teixeira Struggling; New York Yankees' Run Producers Must Step Up

By Devin O'Barr
Mark Teixeira sits on the bench
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With a nickname like the “Bronx Bombers” the New York Yankees really have no excuse for their run producers to be going through such an offensive drought. An offseason wrist injury for Mark Teixeira has obviously derailed his 2013 campaign and he’s dragging down the rest of the club.

However, Teixeira isn’t the only Yankees slugger who is slumping.

The four-through-seven hitters in the Yankees lineup were historically bad against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday as they became the first group in MLB history to go 0-for-28 in a single game — each of those players also struck out three times apiece. Surely, the 18-inning thriller was something to watch, but setting futile records like the one above isn’t what the Yankees’ legacy was built on.

To make matters worse, the Yankees are forced to rely on fluky guys like Vernon Wells to carry the offensive load that is just too heavy for high-priced hitters like Teixeira. Despite a red-hot April and decent May, Wells is hitting a lowly .095 in the month of June with only two RBI. Kevin Youkilis was supposed to provide a big boost when he came back in the lineup, yet his presence has hardly been felt for the Yanks.

Even still, New York is somehow 37-29 and remains three games out of first place in the AL East. Brett Gardner has been a semi-bright spot for the Yankees and is currently carrying the club, but without the big bats in the middle of the lineup this team will only slide in the standings.

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