Tag:Mark Teixeira
Posted on: June 20, 2010 9:00 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2010 10:14 pm

The great NY slam divide

Marty Noble of MLB.com lays out some interesting numbers regarding grand slams in New York. Mark Teixeira's grand slam Sunday in the Subway Series finale was the Yankees' seventh of the season, as well as the seventh allowed by the Mets this year. No other major-league team has hit or allowed more than four grand slams this season.

The Mets hit a franchise-high 10 slams in 2006, then none in 2007. In fact, they've hit a total of eight in the 3 1/2 seasons since their 2006 outburst. Johan Santana allowed Teixeira's slam Sunday, the third he's allowed this season. That's more than 23 teams have allowed. Santana had given up two grand slams in his entire career prior to this season.

The Yankees are on pace to shatter their franchise record of 10 in 1987 (Don Mattingly hit six of those), and their current total of seven is more than they've had in any full season since 2004.

Of course, hitting grand slams is a matter of getting opportunities with the bases loaded, and nobody has had more chances (87) than the Yankees.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 16, 2010 11:36 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 11:52 pm

Ageless Moyer not slowing down

Jamie Moyer You watch Jamie Moyer and you wonder how, in nearly a quarter of a century, major-league hitters have not figured out how to hit this stuff.

But he just keeps doing it, making batters look silly with a fastball that tops out at 82 mph and a changeup slower than Bugs Bunny's. But being able to put the ball where you want it goes a long way. Check out the location chart from Wednesday's start against the Yankees.

At age 47, Moyer just keeps on going. In fact, he's not even slowing down. His WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) is on pace to be the fifth-best of his 24-year major league career.

On Wednesday, baseball's oldest player took the mound at the new Yankee Stadium for the first time, the 48th park he's pitched in. Some other numbers:

* At 47 years, 155 days of age, Moyer became the oldest pitcher ever to defeat the Yankees (Phil Niekro was 47 and 122 days).

* Moyer won his 265th game and stands 37th on baseball's career list.

* Moyer gave up two home runs and now has surrendered 504, just one behind Robin Roberts for the all-time lead.

* As noted by Tyler Kepner of the New York Times , Moyer was older than both men in the Yankees broadcast booth Wednesday night (Paul O'Neill and Al Leiter), Yankees manager Joe Girardi and four members of the New York coaching staff.

* Also via the Times , Moyer caught Mark Teixeira, Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson looking for his first three strikeouts of the night. The pitches were 80, 81 and 81 mph.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 10:43 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:26 am

Teixeira backs up talk

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has been a little testy as of late , but a trip to his hometown (not to mention a night of Orioles pitching) may bring a smile back to his face.

Teixeira went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in the Yankees' 12-7 victory over Baltimore, raising his average to .220.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 8, 2010 12:18 pm

Pressure building on Teixeira

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

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 7, 2010 2:14 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2011 4:15 pm

Morneau takes lead in All-Star voting

The latest batch of vote totals for the American League All-Star team was released today, and Minnesota's Justin Morneau was the only change at the top, passing the Yankees' Mark Teixeira to take the lead at first base. Morneau's teammate, catcher Joe Mauer , is the overall leading vote-getter with nearly 1.9 million votes.

Vote totals can be found here . The starting rosters will be announced July 4.
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