With 33 home runs and 108 runs batted in, it may appear judgmental to say Mark Teixeira needs a rebound season in 2011. But he only hit .256—30 points lower than his lifetime average.
Teixeira has 275 career homers, so it is likely that he will reach 300 this season.
The larger issue is what level of consistency will the first baseman display while compiling those power numbers.
Teixeira left Game 4 of the American League Championship Series with a strain of his right hamstring. That was the most serious in a series of injuries that included a broken toe and bruised right thumb.
Teixeira was 2-for-14 in the post season, though his two-run home run off Jesse Crain won Game 1 of the ALDS against the Twins. Injuries aside, Teixeira has always been a streak hitter. Last year was no exception. A look at his monthly averages:
HR’s RBIs Ave
April 2 9 .136
May 6 25 .280
June 5 14 .250
July 8 26 .344
Aug. 9 21 .289
Sept. 3 12 .232
Teixeira apparently will start spring training injury-free. He was quoted about two weeks saying his hamstring is fully healed and he has been able to run without any difficulty.