Monday, May 3, 2010

April blues a thing of the past for Mark Teixeira

Now that the calendar has turned to May, Mark Teixeira can finally put his annual April slump behind him. And he wasted no time doing so.

After ending the month of April with a .136 batting average, Teix has gone 6 for 9 in the first two games of May, hitting balls hard all over the field and driving in three runs in the process.

Joe Girardi must be relieved. As much as he believes in Teix, he was starting to get a little concerned that the prolonged slump would get in his head. As Yogi Berra once said, 90% of the game is half mental. And the first baseman's April struggles proved that point with Teix hitting in obvious frustration.

The New York Yankees need Teix to be a force in the lineup. They can't rely on Robinson Cano to keep picking up the slack for his three and four hitters, especially since it's unrealistic to expect him to keep up the monster pace for the whole year even if he did hit another timely blast to put the game out of reach yesterday.

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