It’s no secret Mark Teixeira tends to have trouble adjusting during the month of April. So when Teixeira came out swinging to begin the season, it took some by surprise, especially when Teixeira hit seven home runs in April for the first time in his career.
“I’m very thankful for the health, and it is what I envisioned, hitting more home runs and driving the ball,” Teixeira said following last nights 6-1 victory over the New York Mets. “Taking that ‘A’ swing that you guys have heard me talk about before – being able to feel strong and healthy, and take my normal swing. And I knew that walks would be the byproduct of that. When you’re driving the ball and hitting home runs, pitchers are more careful.”
Teixeira continued to take that A-Swing when he hit two home runs against Jacob deGrom and the Mets last night, and has been a force to be reckoned with. While Teixeira’s .218 batting average isn’t where he’d want it to be, the Yankees will take the power portion of his game; Teixeira leads the team with 17 RBI’s and a .673 slugging percentage.
“I want the run production,” manager Joe Girardi said. “The bottom line is how many runs you score. I don’t know how many RBI he has now – 15, 16, 17. You drive in 17 a month, and we still have time and we started late, you’re going to have a pretty good year.”
Following an abysmal 2014 season, Teixeira took a different approach to his offseason workout, and so far, the changes Teixeira made certainly paid off.
“I went on an anti-inflammatory diet, which anyone that knows nutrition knows that there’s a lot of foods ..read more