The all or nothing Mark Teixeira

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For the past two years Mark Teixeira has been one of the most frustrating players on the Yankees. In 2009, after signing for eight years and $180 million, Teixeira proved his worth, hitting .292/.383/.565 (.402 wOBA) and powering the league’s best offense. But since then his production has dropped to more human levels. In 2010, amid nagging injuries, he slumped to .256/.365/.481 (.367 wOBA). This year he’s at .248/.346/.512 (.370 wOBA). No one has welcomed this recent development.

That isn’t to say that Teixeira has played poorly. In fact, he has been one of the most productive Yankees in the last two years. In that time he has created 50.6 runs above average, which falls behind only Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson. He also has a 130 wRC+, which also falls behind only those two. In terms of his place in the league, he has created the 17th most runs in the last two years, and has the 22nd highest wRC+. To say he’s been bad is a gross misstatement. He has been, despite his slumps, a top 20 player.

The disappointment stems not only from his hefty contract, but also from his drop-off after 2008 and 2009. In those two seasons he was second in the league with 89 runs above average and seventh with a 149 wRC+. He has gone from being a superstar to being a very good hitter. It’s probably the toughest downgrade in sports. There’s something special about a superstar. We think of them as different from their peers, that extra two percent better. Very good players help teams win ballgames and championships, but it’s hard to appreciate a very good player when he was so recently a superstar. (And is getting paid like a superstar.)

This season Teixeira has produced his numbers mostly through power. His 34 homers ranks third in the majors and his .263 ISO ranks fifth (third in the AL). But that’s really the only way he’s helped out. His .248 batting average is a career low, owing mostly to a .231 BABIP that ranks fourth lowest in the league. His walk rate has taken a slight hit, too, dropping to 2009 levels despite the 40-points-lower batting average. Again, that has translated into a productive season, as demonstrated above. But it’s not a superstar season.

One aspect adding to the frustration over Teixeira is that he’s been all or nothing this year. Again, he’s smacked 34 homers, and he’s done that in 32 games. In those games his, unsurprisingly, killing the ball, hitting .369/.440/1.230 in 141 PA. That amounts to about a quarter of his total PA and games played. The problem comes in the other three quarters of his games and PA. In those, 93 and 414, he has hit .207/.314/.263. When he’s not hitting a homer, Teixeira isn’t doing much of anything else.

That there’s a large gap in Teixeira’s numbers when homering and when not homering comes as little surprise. When he hits a home run he’s obviously being more productive, so therefore he’ll produce much better numbers when he’s performing the single most valuable act in baseball. The issue with Teixeira is the expanse of the divide.

Take Curtis Granderson as a counterexample. He has homered 35 times in 33 different games, and has hit .403/.473/1.256 in those games. In the games he did not homer, however, he remains decently productive: .231/.340/.335. Those aren’t great numbers by any stretch, but with the OBP, in addition to the 17 doubles and 9 triples, makes Curtis a somewhat productive player when he’s not hitting a homer. That’s just not the case for Teixeira.

The most frustrating aspect of the Tex divide is that there’s not much the Yankees can do about it. They could drop him in the order if they wanted, but that would only diminish the value they get from the 25 percent of games in which he does hit a homer. Dropping him in the order also only makes room for a player who creates fewer runs than Teixeira. Sure, there are plenty of benefits to having Gardner atop the lineup, but it’s not as though the Yankees are holding back a speedy guy with a .380 OBP.

If the biggest issue with Teixeira this season is frustration, that’s probably a good thing. Frustration is merely an emotion, something we feel when we see something that falls below our expectations. Teixeira has surely done that. For the second straight year he’s dipped below the superstar level of production he established from 2008 to 2009. Despite that, he’s still put together two generally productive seasons, and has been one of the Yankees’ two or three best hitters in that span. It is something of a problem that he’s essentially useless in 75 percent of his games. But you never know when one of the 25 percent is coming. And when it does, it’s a big boost to the Yankees lineup.

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  • Kilgore Trout

    Gardner
    Jeter
    Granderson
    ARod
    Cano
    Teixera
    Swisher
    Chavez/Jones/Posada
    Martin

    There’s the ideal lineup. Teixera should not be in that 3 hole. That spot should be reserved for someone who can hit a change up and doesn’t pop up half of the time.

    • NJ_Andy

      Agreed many times over.

      I’m not quite as down on Tex as you seem to be, but that .346 OBP is an eyesore in the 3 hole.

      • Kosmo

        Really ? Cano has a .350 OBP ,Tex .346 OBP don´t see much difference.

        • NJ_Andy

          Which is why, if you read his lineup, Grandy is third. He of the .375 OBP.

          • Kosmo

            I was commenting on the David,Jr. post below . Sorry.

            • David, Jr.

              You are right. Good catch.

    • David, Jr.

      Basically agree, although Cano in #3 also looks very good.

    • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

      100%

    • Rich in NJ

      At this point, given how hot Jeter has been, I don’t mind if he leads off, but Girardi has to stop being so inflexible about lineup construction, and bat Tex 5th. If he regains his former consistency, he can be moved back up, just as Jeter could have been moved up if Girardi had moved him down over the looooong period when he wasn’t hitting RHP.

      • Scully

        I didn’t agree with Jeter bunting in the 9th for this reason. Girardi does indeed seem to play by the notebook in all situations. He refused to moved Jeter down when Jeter was struggling… ok, so now Jeter is red hot (.418 in August hot), so he has him sacrifice giving up an out (to remove the double play as well as advance the runners) for a guy who hits .229 from the left side, .207 in games where he doesn’t homer, .200 in high-leverage situations and .256 with runners in scoring position.

        Knowing those stats, I don’t really understand why you’d give up an out down 2 in the 9th. It looked like he was playing for the tie to me and naturally Tex popped out in foul territory. Cano or Granderson should be hitting 3rd.

        Gardner
        Jeter
        Granderson
        Arod
        Cano
        Tex
        Swisher
        Chavez/Jones/Posada/Nunez
        Martin

        • Rich in NJ

          Jeter struggled for a season an a half. Why have a suboptimal lineup for that long when it can be changed to reflect the current reality at any time?

      • Tom

        About your “…Girardi has to stop being so inflexible about lineup construction….”: isn’t this a result of his apparent belief that these positions contain some sort of evaluative weight. Thus to move from a weighting of XXX to, say, XX, would, in Girardi’s view, be seen by the world as a demotion and, therefore, as a judgment against the player.

        Back in Stengel’s day, there was very little of this sort of sentimentality. His “platooning” was always being taken personally by guys like Bauer and Woodling and Collins. Tough, he platooned them anyway.

    • Joel

      That’s the line up that makes the most sense.

    • charley

      nice article, joe. I like how you isolated power games from the rest of the season.

  • Jim S

    His FB% and IFB% are as high as ever, but he’s still hitting line drives 18% of the time.

    I hate to say it, because it sure seems like he’s earned his .239 BABIP but I think a lot of it is just luck. Even if he has last year’s .268 BABIP(assuming all singles), his line jumps to

    .274/.368/.538

    Which, given the suppressed run environment, would be worth basically what we’d be hoping to get out of him(at least, only slightly less).

    • Scully

      I think I’d be more apt to agree with it being luck if it didn’t seem like he was pulling every ball he put in play regardless of where the pitch was when batting lefty.

      As LHB: 315AB – .229/.334/.486/.820
      As RHB: 155AB – .297/.380/.581/.961

      I realize they shift to him as a LHB but still… take the ball the other way. He’s a major league hitter, and a damn good one at that… you’re going to tell me he couldn’t slash the ball down the left field line for power if he wanted? I know his swing is tailored currently to pull the ball… but it wasn’t ALWAYS tailored to pull the ball to this degree, this has happened only since he started playing at Yankee Stadium.

      • Jim S

        I’m just saying, I think it seems like this years worse because of the bad luck. If 12 more hits all year(<1 per week) had fallen in, it's a non-issue(well, a less major issue).

        In other words, I think his struggles are making people realize how pull happy he's been, I don't think his pull-happiness has caused the struggles.

        • Scully

          Ok, I can side with that, though I do think his pull happiness has caused him to hit a lot of week pop ups like we saw in the 9th last night. Though, in 2009 he hit .410 on balls he pulled (from both sides of the plate) and this year he’s actually hitting .359…. both are very high, but I think the 50 point drop off has a lot to do with shifting, and a little to do with luck. You’ve got to think, like you’re saying, if more of those dunk in… i.e. no shift, he’s hitting .280 right now.

      • Owen Two

        I realize they shift to him as a LHB but still… take the ball the other way.

        I wish he’d do what Giambi used to do: occasionally drop a bunt down the 3rd base line.

        If Tex did that for 2 weeks, he’d never see the shift again.

        • the Other Steve S.

          I don’t remember Giambi doing that but you are correct. If I was K-Long, I’d tell Tex to bunt to third every single time he comes up against the shift. He roll a few doubles out that way the shift would be a memory.

  • Kilgore Trout

    This dude just stole my handle.

    • Kilgore Trout

      I didn’t know there was another Kilgore posting here. I will change my handle to Billy Pilgrim.

      • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

        whats a kilgore and billy pilgrim and is he related to scott pilgram?

        • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

          Vonnegut characters.

        • Accent Shallow

          Poo tee weet?

        • Accent Shallow

          I would be interested in seeing further HR/non-HR splits to see how extreme Tex’s are.

  • Cam

    The most frustrating thing for me has been the lack of solid contact and that he’s had no sustained hot streaks like the last two seasons. Last night was a perfect example. Once Bailey hit the corner with that curveball you could almost see what was coming. Unless he hits a homer it feels like it’s been very rare that he hits the ball hard this year. That’s the most frustrating thing for me. If he were hitting the ball harder, fine, you could almost deal with it. It also feels like we’ve just been waiting all year for him to put a two week stretch together where he’s hitting like crazy and it’s never come.

  • timmyb72

    And why oh why on God’s green earth, aren’t these facts and stats imbedded into Girardi’s thick buzzed cut skull????? Why when you know that Tex isn’t going to come through and more than likely with his God awful off balance swing will hit a short pop up do you risk giving away an out by having Jeter bunt in the 9th inning last night???? That’s 2 outs that you are just giving away to the opposition. Basically what you’re saying is, I’m going to play to lose because I know we’re already in the playoffs and I don’t want to face Verlander in the opening round of the playoffs. You then give the team 1 out to score 2 runs and the chances are stacked against any team against the opponent’s closer to get that done, and lo and behold it didn’t work. Great job Joe!!!

  • timmyb72

    Does anyone remember Tex ever coming through with a clutch late inning or last at bat hit to win or tie a ball game for the Yankees? I remember Jeter doing it numberous times over his career, (why in God’s name is he bunting then?), I can remember Posada doing it numerous times, A-rod doing a few times, Cervelli doing it many times, but Tex?????? I don’t ever remember him being pied as a result of a clutch hit. Never, ever, ever, ever, (Get it Girardi?), ever, ever!!!

    • A.D.

      Tex walk-off HR against the Twins in the ’09 playoffs.

      • NJ_Andy

        Yea, but, that’s the Twins.

        Don’t ruin the man’s narrative!

        • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

          It was ruined as soon as he began typing this nonsense.

    • Jim S
      • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

        Not nearly as big as that one, but another one that comes to mind is the go-ahead 8th inning HR off Josh Bard in ’09.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

          …and by Josh Bard, I meant Daniel Bard haha.

      • Guns of the Navarone

        Yeah, I think that was the only hit he got that postseason.

        Mark Teixeira: .214/.320.330 career in the postseason.

        If he’s had any other “big hits” for the Yankees I’d love to hear about them.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

          Do you not remember his game-tying double in Game 5 of the ALCS?

          • JimIsBored (Jim S)

            Selective memory is a bitch.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

          Not too far off from Tino’s .233/.321/.351.

        • Jim S

          Whether or not he had a good postseason is irrelevant to my response, which was an example of a clutch, late, big hit my Tex, which timmyb asked for.

          • TEX IS A BUM

            Right and his .116 against Boston means nothing this year.. he is a BUM! so what if he got a few hits in the post-season overall he has done NOTHING in the post-season.. the guy is a complete disappointment and his bat speed has slowed down already when he was supposed to be in his prime.

            It’s obvious too me he just can’t take the heat of the Bronx and yet nobody boo’s or gives him hell for it. It’s about time somebody posts about his all or nothing approach and his 75% of the time worthless at bats!! I was so happy we got him that I yelled it in the mall “WE GOT TEX” now he turned out to be a BUM but not because of his great HR/RBI’s but because he does NOT do it when it counts !!!!!!!!

  • Paul P

    The most frustrating thing is he knows his problem but seems to refuse to fix it. He was talking about his first RBI, and how he turned over on an outside pitch and rolled through the right side and even said it wouldn’t be a hit or an RBI now because of the way the team play defense against him! So he knows the problem but refuses to address it with his swing! I’ve seen other sluggers cut back on their swings and push the ball the other way when there is a runner in scoring position, with the way pitchers are serving him off speed slop he should be looking to do the same thing!

  • Alfred

    My problem with Teixeira is that he makes too many unproductive outs in my estimation. I’d take that line if there were a decent amount of deep fly-outs so runners could tag, but I’m seeing too many weak grounders, pop-outs and the like.

    Of course, it could be my imagination, so if somebody has some numbers (i.e. % of runners driven in from third with less than two outs) to support it, it’d be cool.

    • Alfred

      I partly right and wrong, 6 sac flies and 5 homers in 31 AB’s with man on third and less than 2 outs. But only a .150 BAbip in those situations.

  • your mom

    Frustrating is an understatement.

  • A.D.

    What I don’t get is why the sudden plummet in avg. is it the desire to hit HR in Yankee stadium, because otherwise it appears to be the exact same path of Giambi: Monster 1st year followed by plummeting avg but still strong power.

    • Jim S

      As I posted above, the batted ball data corresponds to this, but not as drastically as you’d imagine. He’s been unlucky, flat out. If he’d had slightly below average luck instead of awful luck(.268 babip, from last year vs .231 this year) his line would look a lot better and the panic would be overblown.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        That BAPIP shit only goes so far.

        Of course your BAPIP is going to suck when you hit a ton of pop-ups and weak ground balls.

        • Jim S

          That’s not been the case. His IFB% and his FB%, as well as his GB%, are not very different than last year, when his BABIP was 37 points higher.

          IFFB% 2010: 13.6
          IFFB% 2011: 12.2

          GB% 2010: 35.3
          GB% 2011: 34.3

          LD% 2010: 19.0
          LD%: 2011: 18.1

          BABIP shit goes a lot further when you take it in context. That’s not enough of a difference to account for .38 points of BABIP.

          • Ethan

            Yes but when you can only pull the ball and teams put on the shift you’re BABIP will fall drastically. He’s not been unlucky. With 3 fielders between 2nd and 1st of course you’re going to see a considerable drop in BABIP.

            • Jim S

              They shifted last year too. .268 BABIP.

              He’s been unlucky.

          • umbrelladoc

            Tex has a lifetime batting average of .282 – .304 righthanded, and .272 left handed. This corresponds to a lifetime BABIP of .296, .329 right handed and .281 left handed. This year he batting .248, but .303 righthanded and .225 left handed. He has a BABIP of .231, .281 righthanded, and .210 lefthanded.

            So, Tex is roughly at baseline from the right side. The drop off is a result of a wider platoon split.

            • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

              Not sure what you’re saying here. You kind of just proved what I was trying to say, just in a different way.

              • umbrelladoc

                Not exactly. BABIP for hitters does not reflect luck the same way as is does for pitchers. Teixeria has been better from the right side for most of his career. For most seasons, he has been clearly better right handed or about the same from both sides. He has never had such an extreme split as this. So, you are essentially saying that Tex is has been “unlucky” from the left side this year. But differences in BABIP can also reflect actual differences in ability. For instance if Derek Jeter were to start switch-hitting tomorrow, we would NOT expect his lefty BABIP to be the same as his righty BABIP.

                So, I’d like to see the IFFB% and GB% with platoon splits before I say it is luck.

  • timmyb72

    Right now if the game was on the line, Tex would be my last choice on the whole 25 man roster to be at bat in a clutch situation. I would take Cervelli, Jones, Nunez, Chavez, Posada, any of them over Tex right now.

    • Jim S

      Well then, I’m very glad you have no control over the situation.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      Solid reasoning. If Freddy Guzman was still here I’d hit him over Tex as well.

    • A.D.

      Tex would be my last choice on the whole 25 man roster

      Mos bases loaded walk aside, i’ll take Tex batting

  • Ace

    Finally Teixeira’s weakness is noticed. In 2009 he hit .167 in postseason that caught my attention. The 2010 season solidified his drop further. Alex on the DL this year showed him as an all or nothing batter.

  • your mom

    Tex is useless in 75% percent of his games? Refund please?

    • NJ_Andy

      Well there is that whole defense thing.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      Reality disagrees with you sabermatrician.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Nice post Joe. I wonder if you could break down his all-or-nothing tendencies from both sides of the plate.

    He seems to be much better in both BA on OBP over the past two seasons from the right side and HR-or-nothing from the left side.

  • timmyb72

    His off balance upper cut swing especially from the left side tends to make the bat go through the hitting zone in such a way that he rarely gets the fat part of the bat on the ball, when he does it’s a double or a homerun, but it happens so rarely and when the bat does make contact with the ball because of that swing he’s only able to get just a small tip of the bat on the ball usually closer to the handle and it causes the ball to be popped up. I’d like the stats on how often he pops up during the course of the game and esp in clutch situations. He also has a tendency swing at bad pitches imo. It’s a situation screaming for him to be further down in the lineup until he gets it fixed.

  • Kosmo

    Tex-
    RISP .256
    14 solo HRs
    2 outs, RISP .261
    Men on base-
    .291
    20 HRs 81 RBI

    Granderson-
    RISP .241
    20 solo HRS
    2 outs, RISP .200
    Men on Base-
    .264
    15 HRs 78 RBI

    Granderson is having a career year , chances are against him ever having a repeat season, on the other hand Tex has produced big numbers virtually every year in the bigs. I would still prefer Tex up in a clutch situation .

  • Monteroisdinero

    He’s very useful in almost every game as a defender- with Swish and Posada as our backups there…..That said, I wouldn’t mind moving him around a bit in the order depending on the pitcher/splits etc.

    C’mon Joe-think outside the box.

  • Bob Michaels

    The Soft stuff continues to catch Tex off stride. It comes down to this it`s his stance.The man is thick headed , it`s about time he eliminated the unnecessary movement in the batter`s box.

  • ADam

    The 180 Million Dollar Carlos Pena

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      Bit of an exaggeration.

  • http://bronxbaseballbloggin.mlblogs.com/ mlbnyy35

    I would like to see a lineup like this:

    1. LF – Gardner
    2. SS – Jeter
    3. 2B – Cano
    4. CF – Granderson
    5. 3B – Rodriguez
    6. 1B – Teixeira
    7. RF – Swisher
    8. DH – Posada/Jones/Chavez/Montero
    9. C – Martin

  • gc

    When does Axisa get back??

    • Carl

      Good ?? When can we expect Mike back??? Seems there is to much recycling (Writing Material)going on when Mike is away. Didn’t all the RAB writers just cover TEX’s issues in JULY??? Joe even recycled this stories headline from the body of a July write-up. LOL

      IMO that Mike really is the HEART and SOUL of RAB!! For me personally, he’s the only reason I remain a fan of RAB.

  • AC

    Didn’t mind the bunt by Jeter. Did not wanna see the usual DP like earlier in year. By the way I said Tex will pop up b4 at-bat. Take the outside pitch to left. Tries to pull way too much uppercut to.

  • Cy Pettitte

    someone needs to set the MT25 to “hit for average, too”

  • UncleArgyle

    Certainly seems like Texeira is back in one of his slumps. And when this guy slumps he’s one of the worst hitters I’ve ever seen. The truly horrifying thing is how bad this guy will be in the last three years of that contract. We might be looking at a guy making 20 mil putting up a .200 BA and a .300 OBP by the year 2015. And Girardi will still be batting him 3rd.

    • http://bronxbaseballbloggin.mlblogs.com/ mlbnyy35

      I agree. It seems like when he’s on, he’s easily one of the best hitters in the league, hitting a homer a day for a week. But when he’s off, you just can’t count on him. Hopefully he heats up for playoff time.

  • http://bronxbaseballbloggin.mlblogs.com/ mlbnyy35

    It seems like when he’s on, he’s easily one of the best hitters in the league, hitting a homer a day for a week. But when he’s off, you just can’t count on him. Hopefully he heats up for playoff time.

  • http://bronxbaseballbloggin.mlblogs.com/ mlbnyy35

    Sorry. Double post.

  • MattG

    I’m not sure why you went to the trouble of splitting out whole games in which Tex (and Granderson) hit home runs. Wouldn’t have removing the ABs in which they hit home runs have been just as relevant? Or even more relevant–as in, is Tex more likely to hit singles and doubles on days he homers? That’d just be fluky, I think.

  • timmyb72

    Hated the bunt by Jeter, gave away an out that didn’t have to be. Jeter’s the hottest Yankee right now and it was just the wrong move on many, many levels. 2 speedy runners on base, Gardner could have scored on an ebh, you have the pitcher on the ropes, don’t give him an out. Terrible decision that cost them the game imo.

    Let’s start with a couple of rational rules. These rules are general rules, subject to exceptions, but they are (I think) good places to start. Here is rule number one: bunting with a man on first and no one out is always a suspect move, always requires a robust defense, unless it’s the pitcher (or someone equivalent) who is doing the bunting. Again, let’s stress: a bunt in that situation can sometimes be justified, but it always requires justification, and in most cases the justification won’t be there. Why? Because a sacrifice bunt runs up against one of the sacred rules of sabermetrics: you don’t give away outs. Outs are precious. A team only gets 27 of them in a nine inning game; so long as the team has outs, it has a chance. Run out of outs, and it’s game over.

    We look with great suspicion at the sacrifice bunt, because in general the out that’s given up is more precious than whatever we expect to gain if the bunt is successful. For example: when a team begins an inning with a runner on first and no one out, the team is expected to score about .9 runs that inning, and the team has a 43% chance of scoring at least one run in that inning. But if the team attempts a sacrifice bunt at that point and the sacrifice succeeds, the team’s run expectancy shrinks to .7 runs, and the team’s chance of scoring at least one run is reduced to 41%.

    http://itsaboutthemoney.net/ar.....n-edition/

    • Tim

      First of all, your post is completely off topic.

      Second of all, the numbers you reference in the last paragraph regarding run expectancy are BS.

      • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

        Not BS in context. Good baseline, not the whole story.

        You’re building a strawman out of Win Expectancy.

  • nathan

    He is paid to produce like he is best 1B out there, which he unfortunately is not. We all expected a drop off but not in the 2nd and 3rd years. The 2014-2015 Yankee teams are going to have some real old unproductive players.

  • tabbert

    Oh tex his a clutch homer in 2009? that was two seasons ago bro.

    Having jeter bunt only looks like a bad move because we lost. However, girardi had the belief that his 3-4 hitters could find a way to get two runs in scoring position home. you cant really fault a manager on that strategy. If jeter does gidp then everyone is second guessing joe on that. The fact is, the first two guys did their job, jeter did his job, Then Tex failed. Cano did his job as well, and swsih nearly hit a grand slam. Only person who failed to do their job that inning was our .248 masher that bats ahead of two .300 hitters.

    • the Other Steve S.

      exactly

  • Tony

    The post is all about his offensive numbers, you neglect his value on defense. If you remember the immovable Giambi, who could not throw to 2nd base, you’ll take Tex whatever he’s hitting. That said, much of Tex’s fall off is due to defensive alignments against him, he so predictably pulls the ball that the shift has taken significant points off his BA. This is why he is better from the right side. It might also help if he could learn to hit something offspeed.

  • tabbert

    since when does defense play a value on where you hit in a lineup? The All star team should have brett gardner and yadier molinda hitting 3-4 if that were the case. No one will dispute the fact that tex plays great defense, but the fact that he has become just a masher it not a good sign. What happened to the .290 hitter he use to be? Carlos pena also plays great D and is a masher with low average.. would you bat him in the 3 hole just based on that?

  • tom

    I posted this in one of the game threads… his OPS to left field (as a lefty) was over 1.000 just 5 years ago. It has gone down steadily each of the next 4 years and is sitting at a ridiculously low .290 this year (again this is OPS). This is a bit misleading as when you look at left, center, right splits it doesn’t show the impact of walks, but it shows the precipitous drop off on his ability to hit the ball hard the other way.

    Or to put it more simply…. he has 4(FOUR) hits to left field this year in over 300 lefty AB’s (3 singles, 1 double) and has a IFFB rate of over 35% to the left side . Even his OPS to CF as a lefty is sub .700

    As a right handed hitter he has an OPS above .700 to all fields (and obviously higher to left field), so he’s still hitting the ball with authority to all fields as a righty.

    He used to hit the ball to all field both lefty and right.. now he is still a complete hitter righty and an extreme deadpull hitter lefty. He needs to level off his swing lefty and stop trying to hit 340ft flyballs for HR’s. I think hitting in Yankee stadium has altered his once balanced approach from both sides of the plate

  • TEX IS A BUM

    Let’s not forget his .116 against Boston this year.. he can’t take the heat in 2009 he hit a line drive HR in the post season, other than that he has done nothing.. he is turning into a Giambi but worse offense and better defense.

    if there was a stat for CLUTCH he would be at the bottom !!!