Yankees 2011 Season in Review: Mark Teixeira

Brian Cashman has a reputation for being a ninja when it comes to negotiations and when it came to Mark Teixeira that’s exactly how it worked out as the Yankees GM swooped in at the last second with a big money offer to land the slugger. Has he lived up to that reputation?

EXPECTATIONS: Teixeira had a monster year his first time around in Pinstripes, but took a slight step back in 2010 as his OPS dropped from .948 in ’09 to .846 in ’10. Considering he is playing on a $180 million contract it is safe to say that Yankees fans hoped he would go back to his pre-2010 form.

REGRESSION: Instead of getting better in 2011, Teixeira regressed. His OPS+ of 117 was the lowest it has been since his rookie year and his OBP reached a pedestrian .341. For the secondĀ  year in a row, he had his worst offensive year since he was 23.

LEFTY/RIGHTY SPLITS: What good is a switch hitter if he can’t switch hit? Teixeira hit a healthy .967 OPS from the right side, but had a lowly .773 OPS as a lefty. That’s a bigger problem considering he twice as many at bats hitting lefty.

MR. APRIL: One thing Teixeira did well this year, for a chance, was hitting in April. This season he had a .388 OBP and a .907 OPS during the first month of the year.

TOO MUCH TOO SOON: Perhaps it was a bad omen that he had a strong April because he cooled off after that. After the All-Star break Tex had a .326 OBP and a .790 OPS. Not what you would expect from the Yankees no. 3 hitter.

POSTSEASON STRUGGLES CONTINUE: Once again he came up short in the playoffs. Having now appeared in 27 games, he has an overall .276 OBP and a .578 OPS in the playoffs.

VERDICT: Considering he earned $22.5 million in 2011 and hit primarily out of the no. 3 spot in the Yankees order it is hard to consider Teixeira’s 2011 season as anything but bad. Factor in his continued postseason failures and many fans could even label it a disaster.

GOING FORWARD: Teixeira still has five years and $112.5 million left on his contract. If he doesn’t re-learn his stroke from the left side of the plate, it’s going to be a long five years. This most recent postseason failure he going to sour some fans on him and if he doesn’t fix that trend he could lose a lot more. The 2012 theme for Teixeira will have to be – improve!

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8 Responses to Yankees 2011 Season in Review: Mark Teixeira

  1. Fred says:

    I remember comments before the season that Tex changed his pre season approach to try to salvage April, but worried that it might cause him to not be as well conditioned through the season.

    I think after this past year he needs to go back to the old method: I'd rather have a black hole in April and Mark Teixeira the rest of the way than a good April and mediocrity through the rest.

    He needs to get his timing back, and stop swinging for homers every at bat.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    His HR and RBI numbers were fine. He himself has spoken about his swing as a lefty needing to be fixed. A more important consideration is the lineup position. I think it would be more productive as:
    Jeter SS
    Gardner LF
    Cano 2B
    Granderson CF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez 3B
    Montero DH
    Swisher RF
    Martin C

    This would give more at bats to Gardner at the 2nd spot, instead of Swisher, which seems to be indicated as Gardner rarely GIDPs and , and drops Rodriguez to 6th where his high average lower power later years won't hurt as much.

  3. Tony says:

    For the past several years we have heard what a great Batting Coach Kevin Long is and yet if one looks at the BA of the Yankees over the last few years, it seems to have gone down. Tex is not hitting for average, neither is Gardner or Granderson. Jeter and Cano have lost a lot off their BA, so maybe it is time to get not only a new Batting Coach but a new manager and third base coach since their lack of aggression is what lost the playoffs for the Yanks.

  4. alcan says:

    does it really matter which oart of the season he has a hole in? when in the post season the hole is almost guranteed? Geez, this guy ought to be taken off the roster as soon as the season ends and replaced with the bat boy for all I care in the post season. he has the worst post season numbers of any Yankees… even worse than some of the pitcher's hitting stats.

  5. Henry says:

    Remember how Bernie always seemed to hit over 300. He didn't hit the homeruns Tex hits but he was based on his batting average a more difficult hitter to face than Tex is. I would rather see Tex at 290 with 30 homers and a 370 OBP than 245 with 40 homeruns and a 340 OBP.

  6. Bronx_Knight says:

    I think a huge part of this is the overshift everyone uses against Tex (like Giambi before him) when he bats from the left side of the plate. This overshift is costing him about 50 points off of his batting average. For Pete's sake, go the other way, drop a bunt down the third base line, do ANYTHING. Stop trying to pull the ball over the right field fence every time and watch your production soar.

  7. shavager says:

    Spend too much time trying to live up to the Bombers image of most homeruns in MLB. Cano is the only player who knows when to go long ball, hit to opposite field to take advantage of certain pitches and locations. Jeter can't hit long ball with consistency, he needs to focus on his inside out swing to right field-no one in baseball has done this more success than Jeter. Base hits win more games than homeruns, this team needs to learn to hit for the location and not for the fence all the time.

  8. David K. says:

    His 2011 season was an unmitigated disaster. He simply can't get it done in crunch time as a lefty hitter. He has become an all out pull hitter from the left side and if you listen to his comments, he isn't going to change. He says he won't hit the other way because it will mess up his swing. Isn't his lefty swing already messed up enough? He needs to think line drive first, and stop trying to jerk everything out. He's much better from the right side because he does go the other way sometimes and because he doesn't try to hit everything out.