On Saturday, when they pulled ahead 3-1 in the third inning against Felix Hernandez, it was on a two-run homer by Mark Teixeira.
On Monday, when the Yankees jumped on top 2-0 in the first inning against Trevor Cahill, it was on a home run by Mark Teixeira.
The Yankees first baseman has hit seven home runs in his past 11 games. He’s hit them off relatively a no-name relievers (Chris Jakubauskas) and against a Cy Young winner (Hernandez). He’s hit them off a knuckleballer (R.A. Dickey) and one of the hardest-throwing starters in the game (Pineda). He’s hit them off back-of-the-rotation lefties (Chris Cabuano and Jo-Jo Reyes) and an all-star right-hander.
On the road and at home. Down in the count and ahead. In tied games and blowouts. Teixeira has 16 homers this season, a mark he didn’t reach last year until July 9.
“I’ve said it before, home runs come in bunches,” Teixeira said. “And right now I’m just kind of in one of those streaks where I’m hitting the ball out of the park a lot. Hopefully, it keeps up. I feel pretty good up there.”
Teixeira’s April and May slash lines are very similar (.256/.392/.549 in April, .259/.349/.545 in May). Three differences standout: His batting average on balls in play this month is a decidedly unlucky .218 (it was .273 last month). He’s already hit 10 home runs this month (four more than in April). And despite playing in five more games this month, he’s actually cut his strikeouts (from 22 last month to 16 this month).
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