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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Some Teixeira 'clutch' stats

We all know how Alex Rodriguez has gotten burned for his struggles in "clutch" situations. In reality, his career OPS with runners in scoring position is a healthy .957. But I'm not interested with Rodriguez's numbers right now. I'm here to talk about our newest addition, one Mark Teixeira.

In 2008, Teixeira actually had a higher OPS with runners in scoring position and two outs (.956) than he did with RISP overall (.936). His career numbers with RISP and two outs are even better: 1.070 in 496 plate appearances.

Late and close - plate appearances in the seventh inning or later with the batting team tied, ahead by one or the tying run at least on deck - Teixeira batted .352/.458/.716 in 107 plate appearances last season. That is very, very, extremely good. Overall, he's batted .282/.379/.555 with 32 home runs and 101 RBI in these situations.

And we can't forget postseason number - Rodriguez's bugaboo since joining the Yankees. Teixeira has only played in one postseason series in his career, which was last year's ALDS against Boston. He went 7-for-15 with one RBI, four walks and four runs scored.

Teixeira played in 26 games at the old Yankee Stadium, amassing 113 plate appearances. He batted .305/.354/.524 with five home runs and 21 RBI. While this building won't be in play this year, the dimensions of the new place will be exactly the same.

I can't wait to have a hitter of this caliber in the lineup.

Thanks, once again, to the great Baseball-Reference for these stats.


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