Mark Teixeira is probably happy to be leaving Toronto. In the three game set versus the Blue Jays, Mark tallied just one hit and one walk, while striking out seven times, including a Platinum Sombrero performance on Saturday.
I think it’s time to drop Mark Teixeira down in the batting order. He’s still not hitting for power and he just looks terrible at the plate. He’s struggled against both fastballs and curveballs and his presence in the number three spot in the lineup is starting to hurt the team. Moving him from there will definitely help the team and it could help Teixeira himself.
There are two things we could see happen if Mark Teixeira is indeed moved out of the three spot. The more popular idea seems to be to flip Mark with second baseman Robinson Cano. This is something I could definitely get on board with–Cano’s been hitting fantastically pretty much all season and he handled the “promotion” to the fifth spot well. I presume he could handle a move to the three spot as well. If Joe Girardi does indeed switch Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano, it puts a hot hitter, rather than a cold one, in an important spot. That will generate more runs in two ways. His hot hitting will likely drive in the surging Derek Jeter (1.026 OPS in his last ten games) and the hot hitting Nick Swisher. It also puts another runner on base for Alex Rodriguez, and that’s always a good thing.
Another strategy could be to simply flip flop Teixeira with A-Rod. When they’re both going right, there’s little difference between the two. The differences between a good three hitter and four hitter are pretty small when you think about it, so maybe switching them could help jump start them.
Of course, there are reasons not to do this. Letting Teixeira work his way out of his slump from the number three spot is not undesirable. He’s too good of a hitter to play this poorly all season and maybe he just needs time and reps. Then, there’s the “protection” issue. People say that Tex will get fewer pitches to hit without Alex Rodriguez behind him. I say, “Well, he hasn’t done much with those pitches in front of Rodriguez, and I can think of worse players to bat behind you than either Robinson Cano or Jorge Posada.” Not to mention, the idea of protection is dubious.
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