I have been hearing much about Mark Teixera as a notoriously “slow starter.” And the numbers back this theory up. So the Braves and others need not worry, he will begin hitting again.
Before today’s game, in which he homered, Tex was barely above average offensively. His OPS+ sat at 105, and that is well below his career tally of 129. Being the weaker part of one of the best 3-4 combos in baseball can only emphasize his “struggles.” Especially when the other half of that Dynamic Duo is batting .420 after the action that took place today. Teixera’s OPS in the month of April sits at .787, not horrendous, but not very good for a player of his caliber. Every other month, over the course of his career, he has an OPS of at least .876, which is nearly .100 points higher! And at the end of the year he has been simply ridiculous in his production posting a .952 OPS in August, and an astounding .989 OPS in September. For those of you who think that the games later in the year mean more (which they don’t), then Teixera is your guy. Aside from the playoff games of course, which do mean more, but Teixera has never been that far into a season, which isn’t exactly his fault. Blame the Texas Rangers’ front office for that.
But if the Braves let Teixera walk, which seems to be very likely, then there will be a heck of a hitter available (And a good defensive 1B too). I would be hesitant to lock him up for seven years or something obnoxious like that. But if a team could grab him for four years, then it would be a huge plus. Because anything beyond that is suspect, and unknown. Of course even the first four years are “unkown,” technically speaking.