“I wasn’t happy with my first half at all,” Teixeira said last weekend in Boston. “I didn’t feel like myself the whole first half. Hopefully this (all-star) break’s going to be really good. Get some rest and get rejuvenated for the second half.”
Through all the hacking and coughing, it’s been hard to tell how much of Teixeira’s disappointing first half has been caused by his poor health. It took him weeks to get a diagnosis that actually steered him in the right direction, and he’s finally looked and sounded a lot better the past few weeks.
His stats since May 21 certainly suggest that a healthy Teixeira can be a productive Teixeira.
But those stats are also hiding something. They’re hiding the fact Teixeira hit just .219/.319/.406 in the month of June. His strong numbers since the middle of May are largely the product of an terrific week and a half at the end of May, and a very good beginning to the month of July.
That’s the uneasy reality of Teixeira. He’s remarkably streaky. Scouts say so, and even Teixeira himself says so. When he’s locked in, he’s one of the best hitters in baseball. When he’s not, he can seriously struggle.
Good health might not eliminate the low points, but it might increase the frequency and the length of Teixeira’s hot stretches.
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