Mark Teixeira is having a relatively average baseball season for average players, but it is a below average season for him.
Teixeira is now a lifetime .279 hitter, but it is a pretty sharp decline from the .290 lifetime avg. he had as recently as 2009.
Teixeira is on the minds of Yankee Universe after a particularly awful night last night. Yes, the Yankees are happy to have him back in the lineup following a couple of weeks of calf trouble but last night was brutal. Last night, he went 0-for-6 for just the fifth time in his career.
The two DPs he hit into were brutal as they both came with runners on first and third and one out to end the Yankee threats and innings. His third time to the plate the Yanks had runners on first and second and his ground ball to short would have been another DP had their not been two out already.
His fourth time to the plate was as a leadoff batter and he fouled out to first. Teixeira tripled-down on his bad night in the night in the 9th when with the sacks full and the score tied with one out, he weakly flew out to short center as he broke his bat (I suspect it self-broke out of frustration). His sixth and final time to plate of the night was his highlight when he merely grounded out to the third to start the 12th, the inning the Yankees scored the winning run.
Teixeira's glove is an enormous benefit to New York and the threat that the switch-hitter provides still carries weight. But understand, that this season has been a struggle for Teixeira.
Texeira against lefties
Teixeira against righties
Teixeira's numbers are pretty similar no matter what the circumstances.
Teixeira with men on
Teixeira with the bases empty
Teixeira with runners in scoring position
As consistently mediocre as Teixeira has been in the hitting situations above, he has been terrible in RISP w/2 outs situations.
That last category is reminiscent of Texeira's overall performance in the 2011 ALDS against Detroit.
In the 2011 postseason, in 18 at bats Teixeira had three hits.
The Yankees need a healthy Teixeira and they really need a Teixeira who will hit, particularly with runners on base.