The New York Yankees currently sit on top of the AL East. The team is playing in a division where all five teams are not living up to their potential, and if the Yankees stand a chance of winning the division and avoiding the one game play-in Wild Card game or missing the playoffs entirely, they will need Mark Teixeira to continue producing good numbers as a switch hitting power hitter.
The Yankees lineup, for the most part, is healthy, and as the team continues to deal with the health issues coming from the pitching rotation, they need the offensive production to keep pace with scoring runs. Teixeira is the biggest name in the lineup who needs to create runs often for the team. Over each of the last four seasons, the slugger’s numbers have dipped and so too has his healthy playing time. The good news is he has played in more games this year than all of last season, and as this season progresses, he looks to actually be getting healthier and his wrists are turning quicker as he swings the bat.
Another good thing for Teixeira is that he has some pretty good hitters in front of him to help put pressure on the pitchers and less pressure on him in the batter’s box. Typical leadoff hitter, Jacoby Ellsbury is capable of getting on base and putting himself in scoring position. Derek Jeter has been known for going after the first pitch he sees, but as the baseball world has seen, has been able to do something with it throughout his career. A healthy Carlos Beltran still has the ability to hit for power and shift runners over for Teixeira to get them in.
Of course, health being a major concern early for the Yankees, they have to hope not only Teixeira can stay healthy and hit, but are obviously hoping the same for everybody in the lineup. This is big as the team is waiting from Beltran on if he will be back shortly or need surgery for his elbow injury.