Does lineup 'protection' exist?

Many have assumed Mark Teixeira is hitting the ball due to the return of A-Rod and the 'protection' he provides. However, there are several points that seem to refute that notion:

1) Tex always hits better in May than in April. His career batting line in April is .249/.349/.433. In May it's .294/.378/.544. In fact, April is his worst month of the whole season.

2) Tex is not seeing more fastballs since A-Rod's return.

3) Several studies by major baseball analytical minds -

BPro

JC Bradbury

Diamond Angle

 

However, there is an intriguing study that suggests that it might exist.

Common sense says it does. The studies (largely) say it doesn't. What's your take?

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