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Young/Tex

This was going to be a comment, but I figured it was substantial enough to merit a diary.

Two points of info on Young and Tex:

Michael Young's batting average on balls in play is a shocking .174 through six games. That is about half of his BABIP for the last three years (.335, .356, .349). He has been spectacularly unlucky so far. I have little doubt that many of the line drives that he has hit right at people will begin falling.

Teixeira simply hasn't gotten anything to hit. There's a greater than .200 differential between his batting average and his OBP (.211 vs .423).  He is without an extra base hit so far this year, but pitchers apparently are happy to pitch around him to get at Sosa. It's a wise strategy, because Sosa hasn't made them pay for it. Blalock has done what he can to carry the load, posting an OPS of .830 so far. Tex's struggles so far are more worrying than Young, even though it doesn't appear entirely to be his fault. I don't think he'll get many pitches to hit with Sosa hitting 5th. Still, I think Tex will be fine. He just has to be ready for the few decent pitches he does see, take the walks, and hope Sosa can pick up the production. Or, Ron W will figure out what's going on and move Kinsler from 9th to 5th.

At this point, knee-jerk reactions against Young and Teixeira are premature. I think these statistics show the folly of reading too much into the failings of some players this early on.

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