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Time to start worrying about Mark Teixeira?

Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees reacts

Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees reacts after striking out to end the fourth inning with two runners on base against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. (April 23, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Eleven.

That's the total number of hits by Mark Teixeira through Tuesday's games. In 79 at-bats.

Tomorrow is Saturday, the first day of May. Can we now start worrying about Teixeira's offensive production? Or should we just celebrate that he's 3-for-12 in the last three games and has elevated his average 20 points all the way up to .139?

Some articles have been written here and there, and conversations have been had, but the overwhelming feeling has been that this is what Teixeira does in April. Nothing.

Feelings can be conflicting.

Perhaps a little background to help understand this notion. Let's take a look at Teixeira's April performances over his career:

APRIL AB H HR RBI AVG OBP
2003 64 12 2 7 .188 .288
2004 29 8 2 7 .276 .432
2005 103 27 6 14 .262 .321
2006 99 29 3 13 .293 .391
2007 91 21 2 6 .231 .346
2008* 110 30 4 17 .273 .333
2009 70 14 3 10 .200 .367
2010 79 11 2 9 .139 .292

 

 

Now a quick look at Teixeira's career numbers

YEAR AB H HR RBI AVG OBP
2003 520 137 26 84 .259 .331
2004 545 153 38 112 .281 .370
2005 644 194 43 144 .301 .379
2006 628 177 33 110 .282 .371
2007 494 161 30 105 .306 .400
2008 574 177 33 121 .308 .410
2009 609 178 39 122 .292 .383

 

 

Teixeira's average in 2009 dipped to .191 as low as May 12. Clearly, his overall season numbers prove Teixeira's offensive production at year's end is undeniably good. Think how much better they'd look if he could just hit the ball in April.

May is going to be here in a matter of hours, so perhaps it's time to concern ourselves with the lack of offense by Teixeira. To his credit, he has kept his eye: 15 walks and .292 on-base percentage have lessened the outrage of Yankees fans. Robinson Cano's hot start has kept the harsh critiques at bay, as well.

Yes, Teixeira's defense is impeccable and he saves runs with his glove, but that's not the point of this post. The glove can only replace so much at the plate.

* includes 2 games in March

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