When the Yankees opened this weekend’s series in Boston, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was hitting .227/.261/.227 with no extra-base hits, no walks and no hits in his previous two games.
When the series ended, Pedroia was hitting .400/.447/.571.
That’s the reality of this time of year. Last Monday, Jorge Posada hit his third home in two days. He’d played in four games and was hitting .286/.375/.929. In four games since, he’s gone 0-for-15 with eight strikeouts.
“Just four or five days ago, people were ready to call him a great DH,” Joe Girardi said. “That’s the nature of this game early on in the year. Two or three bad days gets you below .200. Two or three good days gets you way above .300.”
• Brett Gardner is now hitting .167/.265/.267. He’s started eight games this season. In four of them, he’s reached base a total of nine times, struck out only once and stolen three bases without being caught. In the other four he’s 0-for-16 with eight strikeouts and no walks.
• Derek Jeter is now hitting .206/.300/.235. Heading into yesterday’s game, he had a modest four-game hitting streak — accounting for half of the season to that point — during which he was hitting 313/.421/.375.
• Mark Teixeira is now hitting .182/.325/.545. Five days ago he was hitting .333/.455/1.000 with four home runs in five games.
• Alex Rodriguez is now hitting .321/.441/.714. He’s played in eight games. In the middle four — exactly half of his season so far — Rodriguez hit .188/.235/.375 with more double plays (2) than extra base hits (1).
• Robinson Cano is now hitting .324/.342/.595. Coming into the weekend he was hitting .240/.269/.400 with two extra-base hits and two RBI. He’d struck out five times and walked once.
• Nick Swisher is now hitting .219/.289/.250. Five days ago he was hitting .333/.409/.389 with five hits and three walks in his past three games.
• Curtis Granderson is now hitting .172/.250/.414. As recently as two days ago he was drawing praise for the fact he had already homered off a lefty twice this season, apparently a sign that last year’s mechanical adjustments were working.
• Russell Martin is now hitting .300/.344/.633. In his past five games, Martin has hit .188/.278/.563 and would have only one hit in that span if not for the two-homer game on Saturday.
“If I did (put much thought into early numbers), I wouldn’t be standing here to be honest with you,” Mark Teixeira said. “If I did I would have retired years and years ago. The first nine games, you’re going to have some funky stats. You’re going to have guys that you’re going to say, ‘This guy’s going to be the next MVP’ and he gets sent down a month later. You’re going to have guys that are hitting .050 and then he wins the MVP.
“It’s such a small portion of the season. It’s raining and it’s cold, you can’t get into a rhythm sometimes. I’d love to be able to hit .300 from Day 1, but that’s just the way it is. That’s the way baseball is.”
Here’s hitting coach Kevin Long speaking after last night’s game. He touched on Teixeira, Posada, Jeter and the offense as a whole.
Associated Press photos of Posada and Teixeira