After watching Texeira swing like he was underwater (again) last night, I have this to say: this man is neither a 3 nor a 4 hitter, and he will absolutely kill the Yankees' run production this season if Girardi insists on pretending he is. Texeira's well-documented refusal to change his game in any respect and his need to play right into the shift is as inexcusable as it has ever been, but what makes the current situaion even more untenable is his inability to put the bat on the ball. Lorenz and Cone spoke about his needing "time to get his timing back" but given the need to capitalize on the Gardner-Ellsbury experiment -- assuming ol' Jacoby doesn't spend much of the spring sitting on his couch -- how much "time" are we talking about, how much can they afford? His timing, his wrist, his need to pull, his plummeting average: If Texeira were a stock, I would've dumped him, taken the loss and lived with the buyer's remorse.
Other concerns: Jeter in the two hole hitting into 75 double plays, once more disempowering the Twin Speedster phenomenon. There's a reason Damon wound up hitting in the two hole, folks. In general this spring, the veterans, with the exception of Cervelli and possibly McCann, have looked slow, old, and even lost. Don't believe the hype: beyond catcher and maybe one or two spots in the outfield, this is NOT a good lineup. The good and surprising news is: a lot of the kids did much better than expected at the plate. We may very well need them to come up and provide bushels of spark to this Dance of the Walking Dead Joe trucked out there last night. Can it be new team policy to administer smelling salts to Texeira before he comes to the plate? Has he tried to eat human flesh in the clubhouse? Is his contract void if they concede he is actually one of the undead?