Mark Teixeira has no problem with Joe Girardi's move that put him in the five-hole and put Robinson Cano in the three-hole. It will be that way, for now, just against right-handed starters, though Girardi didn't rule it out as something that could become permanent.
“I’m all for it, I think it’s a great idea,” Teixeira said. “Obviously, left-handed, my average isn’t where it should be and Robbie’s had a great season. He’s hot. Really hot. Why not mix it up against a righty and put him third?”
Teixeira came into Tuesday's game hitting .221 with a .324 OBP left-handed compared to .297 with a .377 right-handed.
“Right now, the fact is, my average stinks left-handed,” Teixeira said.
Cano, hitting .317 with a 364 OBP the season’s second half, is hitting .322 against lefties over all with a .362 OBP.
Teixeira said recently he’s been working with hitting coach Kevin Long to fix his problems from the left side, an issue he said that started last year.
“I squared up my stance a little bit,” Teixeira said. “The rightfield porch is really, really appetizing at Yankee Stadium and I think after having so much success my first year, I think I got a little too pull-happy the last two years and I need to make an adjustment.”
Teixeira came into Tuesday with 37 homers and 106 RBI but with a .244 average, far below the career average of .286 he brought into this season.
“I’m greedy, I want to have it all,” he said. “I want to get back to being a high .200’s, .300 type hitter with the same amount of home runs and RBI and I think I can do that again. I know I can do that again.”