June 7 might have been the low point for Mark Teixeira. After an especially brutal series in Toronto, his batting average was down to .211 with eight home runs, 10 doubles and several calls for him to be knocked out of the No. 3 spot in the lineup.
On June 8, Teixeira had two hits and his first two RBI since May. Since that day he’s hit .331 with 15 doubles, 12 home runs and 38 RBI.
Curtis Granderson might be working toward a similar turnaround. In his past 16 games, Granderson is hitting .339 with three doubles, three home runs, six RBI and 12 runs. Most of his power has come in the past eight games (two doubles, three homers).
“He’s just having good at-bats,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s swinging the bat well. He’s driving the ball. He drove a ball into left-center tonight. That’s a good sign. Take away those first few days after the break, the last two and a half weeks, he’s been pretty good.”
Teixeira’s low point came after 57 games. Because of his early injury, Granderson’s recent hot spell came after his 60th game of the season. His season slash line is up to .250/.318/.437, which isn’t far from last year’s line of .249/.327/.453.
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