The Yankees had a charmed beginning to the season, winning 11 of their first 14 games. They did it without much of a contribution from Mark Teixeira, who is just about 0-for-April. But he is far from the only problem as the Yankees go through a mini-slump with four losses in the past five games. Some key averages after last night’s loss to the Orioles:
Mark Teixeira . .129
Curtis Granderson .231
Nick Swisher .258
Nick Johnson .135
Swisher, the designated hitter in place of Johnson, did have two hits in the latest loss, but his power numbers are way down with only two homers. He had 29 last season. Johnson gets something of an asterisk as he did not start in three of the games. He drew a walk as a pinch hitter last night. Johnson has walked 19 times. No Yankees fan wants to hear about Johnson’s on-base percentage, which is shrinking (.384) anyway. Even broadcaster John Sterling has lamented Johnson being selective to a fault. When it comes to Johnson, a walk is not as good as a hit. And if his back is going to prove cranky, the DH Swisher, Rf Randy Winn (.077) combo will need retooling. While we’re at it, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez were a combined 0-for-10 against Baltimore.