Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is getting defensive about his lousy season, turning to "the back of my baseball card says it all" as an argument when speaking with reporters at the conclusion of a weekend series that saw him go 1-for-14 with seven strikeouts.
Sure, the back of Teixeira's baseball card looks great, because it doesn't include this year's stats. For a while it was easy to write off his struggles as a slow start to the season, but the season is more than a third over and a guy who started last year's All-Star Game is batting .211.
Apparently the pressure is getting to Teixeira.
"I don't know how many times I have to tell you guys, I had a great May," Teixeira told the New York Daily News in what was described as "an exasperated, defensive tone."
Well, kind of. He actually had a great couple of weeks at the start of May, batting .339 with five homers and 20 RBIs in the first 15 games of the month. Throw out those 15 games and his season numbers would be truly ugly: a .162 average with three homers and 14 RBI.
At this point, the hot streak is looking like the anomaly. An "anti-slump" in a bad season. If Teixeira is going to turn it around, he'd better hurry, because the pressure in New York is only going to increase.
-- David Andriesen, CBSSports.com