Does the name Mark Teixeira ring a bell? He plays first base for the New York Yankees. You may not have heard his name much lately because… well, I’m not sure actually.
There is a lot of talk about the red hot Brett Gardner who found himself in the lead-off spot in the lineup Thursday night against the Rays. Curtis Granderson’s name seems to come up a lot also since he is tied for second in homeruns and is having a very solid year.
Yankee pitching is in the conversation. Another starter couldn’t hurt this team, and a middle innings guy wouldn’t be the end of the world either.
Derek Jeter is Derek Jeter. He has over 3,000 hits now and his name pops up side-by-side with Brett Gardner now with all this lineup change stuff.
But what about Mark Teixeira? How does he manage to slip under the radar? He is a high profile performer in the number one media market. And with Alex Rodriguez on the DL, one would think there is more attention on Mark Teixeira. But somehow, I am not hearing much.
Shouldn’t I hear a little more? In the last 11 games (including Thursday night), Teixeira is hitting just .204 with 2 RBI. In those 11 games, the Yankees have lost five games, three of which were by a one run margin.
And when you think about the Yankees needing another pitcher, when C.C. Sabathia continues to pitch gems, those are the games the Yankees need to win. C.C. Sabathia is obviously not the problem with the Yankees starting rotation. Players like Mark Teixeira need to come through.
Even Derek Jeter has received negative attention this year. And if you ever heard anyone talk about Jeter, you would think he was related to Jesus, or that he might even be Jesus living underneath a different name. I mean come on, Jeter and Jesus? You think he could do a better job of coming up with a fake name. We can see right through that nonsense.
If Alex Rodriguez had a stretch like this, there isn’t one soul in the universe that would be unaware of it. Yet somehow, Mark Teixeira has been given some free pass. Nobody is talking about him at all. Is it because he is fourth in the majors in homeruns? I’m not sure.
But the bottom line is this. Mark Teixeira has not been hitting, and whether it is noticed or not, it is the truth. And you can talk about the high payroll, and the 17 games above .500 but that isn’t relevant because it still isn’t good enough. The Yankees are not in first place and that is where they want to be.
So as nice as it is to see Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner perform at a very high level, the first baseman who is making 22.5 million dollars this year needs to step it up. 25 homeruns is impressive, but a .240 average is not. With Alex Rodriguez out, Mark Teixeira needs to be the big man on campus, and as of late, he has fallen well short of that.