2010 Season Review: Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira‘s 2009 season couldn’t have gone much better. He finished second for the MVP, won a Gold Glove, and outside of a slow start and a poor offseason he was practically perfect.

Having done all of that expectations were going to be pretty high in 2010 which is why he perhaps didn’t live up to them.

People had come to expect a slow start from them and he didn’t disapoint. His batting average in April was .136 with a .559 OPS. He rebounded in May by hitting .280 with an .840 OPS. Still his OPS had fallen from .948 the year before.

The best part of Teixeira’s season was a 55 game stretch from July 1 to September 3 where he hit .324 with a 1.079 OPS, 18 doubles, and 17 RBI’s. During that stretch the Yankees dominated going 36-19.

Unfortunately that didn’t quite last long enough. Thumb and toe injuries bothered Teixeira during the final month of the season and Teixeira’s offense took a nose dive. During his final 26 games he hit just .194 with three doubles, three home runs, and a .641 OPS. The Yankees were 9-17 during that stretch.

So it seemed that as Teixeira went, so went the Yankees and nothing proved that more than during the playoffs. Before the ALDS he got a few days off and looked rejuvinated. The Yankees swept the series against the Twins while he hit .308 with a double, home run, and a .973 OPS.

The Yankees got even more time off before the ALCS which should have been good time for him to rest, but his injuries caught up to him. He went 0-for the first four games before pulling a hamstring which caused the Yankees to remove him from the roster. If they had advanced to the World Series he would have been ineligible.

Overall the season was a slight disappointment considering the year he was coming off, his place in the lineup, and the money he makes. His doubles, home runs, RBI’s, batting average, OBP, and OPS were all down and his strikeouts were up. He was also almost totally useless during the months of April and September.

It should be said that his defense was consistent throughout the entire season. He earned his second Gold Glove in as many years with the Yankees. The Yankees also set a club record for fewest home runs in team history and he was a big part of that not only by providing strong defense himself, but saving the butts of his fellow infielders.

There is no reason though to think that he can’t rebound in 2011. Health will be an important part in that and he’s got to figure out a way to contribute in April as well. It’s just hard to think that somebody this good is so pathetic for the first month of the season.

His poor playoff performances are probably a fluky thing too. Last season probably comes down to sample size and bad luck. This season he did have a good ALDS, but injuries caught up to him in the ALCS.

So while 2010 has to be looked at as somewhat of a disappointing season there is no reason to think that 2011 has to be as well.

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7 Responses to 2010 Season Review: Mark Teixeira

  1. david k. says:

    I don't see the poor playoff performances as a fluky thing. This guy swings for the fences on every swing, in every at-bat. He absolutely refuses to hit the ball the other way when there is an infield shift. He is also a guess hitter. When he gets mistakes and he is in a hot streak, he kills the ball. When they make good pitches, he is as automatic an out as there is in the majors. You won't see him fouling off tough pitches and making pitchers work. You'll never see him taking something off his swing and hitting a liner through the gaping hole in the infield. When Cano got off to a great start, Girardi should have moved Teixeira down to number 5 in the lineup this season. Teixeira was as responsible as anyone for the way the Rangers man-handled the Yankees in the ALCS.

    • Hardcore Yankee Fan says:

      I think your assessment of the kind of hitter Tex is pretty much sums it up. Though I am glad overall that they have him.

  2. So even though he was dealing with two injuries down the stretch and those injuries perfectly coincide with his cold streak starting, you don't want to give him the benefit of the doubt?

  3. david k. says:

    But if he was healthy enough to play, he should be able to hit better situationally. We aren't talking about doing something extraordinary here. Most good major league hitters have a two strike swing. He doesn't. It's the same thing every time with him, whatever the count, he's swinging for the fences.

  4. Even if that were true, considering his career stats are among the elite in the league – I would have to say that he's doing something right.

  5. david k. says:

    This is where we run into the thing with stats and numbers. He puts up Hall of Fame type numbers during the regular season. No one disputes that. And he has a lot of talent. But he would help the team a lot more during the playoffs and during tough games against Tampa and Boston if his at-bats were smarter. I don't know if he is too stubborn or his brain just doesn't function correctly, but sometimes he is just terrible and it really hurts the team because he is the #3 hitter.

  6. Considering that his career numbers against the best teams in baseball are in line with his career numbers overall, what you are talking about probably has a lot more to do with small sample sizes than him being stubborn or stupid. He only has 103 playoff at bats. That's not enough to really judge him with. It's like saying a rookie is a bust after just one month.