Tex focused on wins, not his average

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira

#25 1B
New York Yankees

2011 STATS

  • GM156
  • HR39

  • RBI111

  • R90

  • OBP.341

  • AVG.248

The postseason numbers aren't important to Mark Teixeira.

He might be hitting below the Mendoza Line in the postseason as member of the Yankees, but the first baseman isn't concerning himself with his past struggles as he sets out to try and win his second world title in pinstripes.

"Batting average or personal statistics are the last things you worry about in the postseason, it's winning games," Teixeira said. "Whether you win it with a big home run, whether you win it with your glove or a pitcher throws a shutout, that's all that matters."

Teixeira is batting .170 (15-for-88) with three home runs and 11 RBIs in his two postseasons with the Yankees. When the Yankees won the World Series in 2009, he went 11-for-51 through the three series. He went 4-for-27 in 2010, including a 0-for-14 in the ALCS before his season-ending hamstring injury in the middle of the series.

The first baseman is hoping his better physical condition this year can help him as he heads into this fourth straight postseason appearance. He battled a broken toe and a bone bruise on his right hand at the end of last season.

"Last year was just very difficult," Teixeira said. "Playing through pain and not being able to work as much as I'd like to, this year, I've obviously had bumps and bruises like we all have, we've all gone through stretches where we're tired, but this last week has really helped me recharge my batteries and get my swing where I need to be."

Since Teixeira is a switch hitter, facing Detroit could be the remedy he needs to up his postseason as a Yankees. Since the Tigers staff features all righties, Teixeira can just focus on batting from the left side of the plate.

"Sometimes that good," Texieira said about primarily batting from one side in the series. "If you get in a groove one way, that's great. If you're not in a groove and it happens to be one of those stretches where you're not feeling good from one side of the plate, it can be really bad. But I feel really good at the plate right now and hopefully will be able to do some damage in the postseason."