Big expectations don’t care about small sample sizes. Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira are supposed to be one of the very best middle-of-the-order combinations in baseball. When they combine for one RBI through six games, something has gone wrong. The Tampa Bay shift took away some of their hits — Teixeira especially seemed to hit the ball hard that series — and Cano sent a couple of scorched, would-be home runs just foul in Baltimore, but one RBI in a week isn’t nearly enough for those three hitters.
“We’re going to produce a lot more than we showed the first six games,” Teixeira said. “None of our numbers are going to wow anybody right now, but we have a lot of confidence that we’re going to do a lot of damage.”
Teixeira has the lone RBI. He’s hitting .200 with a pair of doubles. Rodriguez also has two doubles, but he’s hitting just .174, the lowest of anyone one the team with more than three at-bats. Cano is hitting .250 and has yet to strike out, but his three doubles haven’t brought home a run. Derek Jeter, Brett Gardner, Nick Swisher and Russell Martin have done a good job getting on base, but the run producers in the middle haven’t done much to bring them home.
“It’s important to get everyone going in our lineup,” Joe Girardi said. “But we’ve only played six games so I’m not too worried about it. You can look on the bright side, which I try to. You look our middle guys, we don’t have a ton of RBIs from them, but we’ve got three wins.”
Other things gone wrong: Eduardo Nunez’s shaky defense; CC Sabathia’s non-ace-like beginning; Hiroki Kuroda’s four-walk, eight-hit debut
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